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Ground broke this past weekend in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on Paul Murdoch Architects' Flight 93 National Memorial. The Beverly Hills-based firm, along with Charlottesville Virginia-based Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, won a competition to design the 2,200 acre park, which is dedicated to the 40 people on United's Flight 93, which crashed in Stonycreek Township on September 11th. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that a grove of 40 trees "follows the contours of the open landscape, arching around the impact site," and that the design also includes a 93 foot tall tower with 40 wind chimes and a 40 foot high wall "tracing the path and altitude of the Boeing 757 that day." The first phase of construction is scheduled to be finished by September 11, 2011.
· A sacred groundbreaking [Philadelphia Inquirer]
· Paul Murdoch Architects [Official Site]