Balfour Beatty provided preconstruction and construction services for the Air Force Memorial, located on a three-acre site overlooking the Pentagon. This high-profile memorial features three stainless steel clad reinforced concrete spires reaching up to 270-feet into the sky. The design is based on the Air Force Thunderbirds' famed "bomb-burst" maneuver. The triangular-shaped, arched spires were filled with 12,000-psi concrete with extensive reinforcing. The stainless steel skin consists of continuously welded plates, three-quarters of an inch thick with a bead blasted finish. The spire work weighs a total of 7,300-tons (5,000 foundation, 2,300 above grade).
Additional elements include two granite inscription walls, an open glass Chamber of Contemplation, a granite parade walk with a bronze honor guard statue and stone seating area, an entrance gate, and extensive landscaping and stonework in paving and walls. A guard house and a stone clad service building were also included in scope of work.
The Air Force Memorial honors the millions of patriotic men and women who distinguished themselves in the United States Air Force and its predecessor organizations, including the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps; the Aviation Section, US Signal Corps; the Division of Military Aeronautics, Secretary of War; the Army Air Service; the Army Air Corps; and the Army Air Forces.