“I was honored to be part of something so important.” explains CHANCE® certified installer, Matt Conte, head of Conte Co. Norwalk, CT, “When I got the call from the GC handling the Memorial construction, asking if we’d work-at-cost and install the necessary helical piles, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.”
Working closely with the victims’ families, the Memorial was created by sculptor Pablo Eduardo. The memorials’ centerpieces are bronze spires that stand 17 to 21 feet tall with glass tubing in the center that project light at night. These are framed by two blossoming cherry trees.
“We used CHANCE 2-7/8” diameter round shaft piles with three (8/10/12in.) helices for stabilizing the granite slabs used to support the sculpture.” Conte continued, “Soils were sandy with gravel including some silt over clay. Our crew drove the piles to between 25 and 35 feet at the two different sites.”
The two Memorials have been well received by the families of the victims and the city. They have become a destination for visitors to Boston, as well as a place to reflect for the residents who remember that day and the people who lost so much.
“The Memorials are dramatic, especially at night when the light from below illuminates the glass structures inside the spires” Conte concluded, “Everyone at Conte feels a sense of pride to be involved, although our contribution is not visible, it’s so very important for the longevity of a Memorial that will be remembered and appreciated for decades to come”