Jan. 8 Memorial design team finalists to present plans

Published: Jan. 7, 2015 at 5:17 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2015 at 3:01 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The final four design teams competing to create the Jan. 8 memorial at El Presidio Park will be available to meet with the public in Tucson next week.

The finalists will appear at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd Street, on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

The teams will present their ideas and the public will have an opportunity to share their input at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more details about the event and the teams, please read the following press release:

Public Invited to January 8th Memorial Foundation's Design Team Finalists Presentations Tuesday, January 13 at AZ History Museum

El Dia de los Muertos Jan 8 exhibit extended through January 14 at Museum

TUCSON, AZ (January 5, 2014) – The January 8th Memorial Foundation will host the four design teams selected as finalists to create a permanent memorial and master plan concept for the El Presidio Park. The teams' visits will include tours, interviews and a public presentation and audience interaction at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd Street.

The finalists are the team of CSAO (Chee Salette Architecture Office), Rebeca Méndez Design, ag Licht, and Swan/Starts; HOK; Ibarra Rosano Design Architects; and Logan Simpson Design. Each of the teams will make a brief presentation about their firms and then the public will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas for the January 8th Memorial.

This is the second phase of the design competition where each team will develop a preliminary memorial design. The January 13th meeting is an opportunity for the finalists to hear from community members before they begin this design process. Finalists will then be given eight weeks to further develop their concepts for the Master Plan and Memorial and will return to Tucson in spring, 2015 for community presentations of their proposals. The selection panel will then choose the final design team after these presentations and a 30-day open public comment period. The memorial design team selected then will work with stakeholders and community members to finalize the design and master plan concept for El Presidio Park.

The permanent memorial would commemorate the January 8, 2011, mass shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 12 others. The memorial is also intended to honor the spirit of the Tucson community in its responses to the tragedy and to inspire future generations to work together on community issues.

The museum will extend their hours to allow visitors to see the El Dia de los Muertos exhibit honoring the six individuals who died January 8, 2011. The exhibit was scheduled to end January 9, but was extended through Thursday, January 14, so that the four design teams could see the exhibit featuring a sampling of the tribute items left in the wake of the mass shooting.

The Tucson January 8 Memorial Foundation, formed as a 501 (c)(3) in 2012, has as its sole mission the completion of a permanent Memorial to the January 8, 2011 tragedy. For more information about the foundation and memorial plans, visit www.tucsonsmemorial.org.

For more information about the four finalists, visit the teams' websites at:

• Chee Salette Architecture Office, Los Angeles, Bonn, Germany and Tucson (www.csaoarchitects.com)

• HOK, Chicago (www.hok.com/about/locations/chicago)

• Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, Tucson (www.ibarrarosano.com)

• Logan Simpson Design, Tempe (www.logansimpson.com)

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