Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) received final approval today from the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) on site and building plans for the Education Center at The Wall. After a decade of hearings and design modifications, this is the final step in the building and design approval process to build the Education Center at The Wall.
This approval comes on the heels of a similar final approval granted in May 2015 from the Commission of Fine Arts, the second D.C.-based committee that had to approve the project.
“I am thrilled that design approval of the Education Center at The Wall has become a reality 12 long years after I first advocated for its development. This facility will further educate visitors and honor the sacrifices made by so many brave Americans during the Vietnam War,” said Rep. Steve Israel.
“It took more than a decade of design work and approvals to get to this point. With this last approval from NCPC, we are ready for our fundraising push in order to begin construction. We know there are people who want to support the project who have been waiting for indications the project is ready to move forward. With completion of the design process, we now can give supporters an idea of how the project will really look,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF.
“The Education Center at The Wall will ensure that future generations understand the impact of the Vietnam War and continue to honor America’s legacy of service. The time to complete the mission of recognizing our Vietnam veterans is NOW while most of them are still living, and for all future generations through the Education Center,” continued Knotts.
In 2006, The Commission approved the site location on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial and adopted design guidelines for the project. At that time, the authorizing legislation for the Education Center stipulated that the facility would be constructed underground. Design guidelines required minimal visual obstructions to other historically significant sites on the National Mall, while welcoming visitors and supplementing the experience of The Wall. In 2012, preliminary plans for the project were approved. Throughout the process, VVMF’s architectural firm, Ennead Architects, LLP incorporated design concepts, guidelines and revisions into modifications to the original plans for the Education Center at The Wall to secure today’s final approval.
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF is dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of service and educating all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War.
Three decades later, the mission continues as VVMF raises funds to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today. The lead gift for the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall was provided by Time Warner, Inc. To learn more about VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall, visit www.vvmf.org or call 866-990-WALL.