Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
- Feb 3, 2012
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is the largest of many reflecting pools in Washington DC and hosts over 24 million visitors per year. It was designed by Henry Bacon in 1922 to complement the Lincoln Memorial. It measures over 2000 ft long and 165 ft wide and holds approximately 6,750,000 U.S. gallons of water.
In 2010, the National Park Service started reconstruction of the pool adding paved walking paths to the north and south sides of the pool. This process was complicated by the presence of asbestos in the area. In May 2011, workers began sinking approximately 2700 wood pilings into a 40-foot deep layer of soft, marshy river clay.
Due to the historic nature of the project, particular care is being taken with the 586 granite coping stones that surround the pool. These stones are cataloged and will be reset in original locations as part of historic preservation.
Corman Construction Inc. will be adding new site lighting and a water treatment facility. This involves the construction and replacement of sewer lines and storm sewers using 18,000 LF of HDPE piping. Approximately 12,000 cubic yards of concrete reinforced with 1600 ton of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel is being used throughout the project.