WW II Museum's Bollinger Canopy of Peace Hits Major Milestone

26 June 2019
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The last of the shoring towers were disassembled and removed earlier this morning from the memorial Bollinger Canopy of Peace, which now soars independently over the museum’s campus.

The recent National World War II Museum expansion program includes the iconic Bollinger Canopy of Peace, designed to symbolize the hope and promise ushered in by the end of WWII hostilities.

Consisting of an exposed structural steel frame and fabric shade, the canopy is a sleek, yet complex truss structure. At 800 tons, it rises 150 feet above grade and covers a triangular area over 400 feet long and 120 feet wide. By occupying a central location on the museum’s campus, the canopy provides a focal point for visitors and serves to visually link several exhibit halls.

Walter P Moore provided construction engineering services, which included connection design for all of the structural steel, sometimes joining up to 12 pipe members at a single joint. Our team also provided erection engineering services to the steel erector (Bosworth) to facilitate the field assembly of this novel structure. This entailed analyzing the partially completed structure, sequencing documentation highlighting critical points of construction, and detailing the structural steel temporary works (shoring).

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