<<< Back to Site Design

9-11 Memorial

9-11 Memorial at USU Botanical Center 

Project Lead: David Anderson

Fast Facts

  • Year: 2013
  • Client: USU Botanical Center
  • Features: Outdoor plaza, memorial wall, statue, plantings, circulation, lighting.
  • Outcomes: Increased awareness, community gathering place, honor victims of 9-11.
  • Status: Complete
  • Project Size: 1 acre
  • Project Scale: Site
  • Impacts: Preserve history, opportunity for reflection, 5,000+ annual visitors, personal memorial for 132 families

Project Summary 

The 9-11 Memorial at the USU Botanical Center honorsthree victims of the terrorist attack. Two of the victims were from Kaysville, Utah and the third was a USU graduate. The memorial also features the names of 129 U.S. servicemen and women from Utah who have died since the attacks in the ongoing war on terrorism

Project Description

After 9-11,USU was approachedby a non-profit group, Utah Unites In Hope, with the idea of developing a memorial to honor local victims of the 9-11 attacks. The USU Botanical Center was offered as a suitable location for the memorial.

A tremendous amount of effort was put forward by the non-profit, the Botanical Center, USU Extension, and a local architectural firm to identify a design approach and completethe memorial. UNITY, REMEMBRANCE, and HOPE were identified as themes that guidedthe design.

The memorial is an oval-shaped plaza of scored, colored concrete, sunken into a westerly slope. The east wall serves as a retaining wall and a backdrop for the bronze plaques bearing the names of the 9-11 victims and theservicemen and women.The memorial if flanked by a curved stone sitting wall and stone benches. In the center is a large bronze statue of a firefighter holding a child, asymbol of hope for the future. Plantings of crabapples and stately Red and Bur surround the memorial.