Design competition launches for new Cold War Veterans Memorial in Wisconsin

Construction Specifier

An international design competition launched by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in Chicago, invites designers to submit design concepts for the new Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisconsin.

This memorial will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center (PAMPC) currently under development. Design submissions will be accepted until June 15.

The PAMPC will create additional space to house some of the circulating book and archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and will be completed in phases over 10 years.

The Cold War Veterans Memorial will create permanent recognition of U.S. military personnel and civilians who served during the Cold War era (1945-1991). In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public understanding of military history.

“The memorial will be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect, and learn about the bravery and sacrifice displayed to further the freedom that our country enjoys,” said Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, competition manager. “The contestants will be required to provide a conceptual design that not only embraces the mission and vision of the memorial, but also serves as a visual attraction for future visitors.”

Design Competition

The design competition is a juried, two-stage process lasting from April to October, with the results announced publicly in November.

Stage I is an open call for design concepts for the memorial, which will be submitted electronically. The jury will evaluate the concepts in a blind review and select four to six finalists to participate in Stage II.

In Stage II, the selected finalists will evolve their concepts for the memorial to create fully defined designs. Click here for all information on the design competition, including the design manual, process, regulations, and directions on how to submit designs.