Ark of Return—UN Memorial
Honouring a Vision
Ark of Return—United Nations Memorial
New York, NY
Architect: Rodney Leon Architects
Client: Precision Stone
Project Type: Stone Engineering
2015–Natural Stone Institute Pinnacle Awards
Award of Merit, Commercial Exterior
PICCO Engineering had the distinct honour and privilege to collaborate on this project with many notable stakeholders. Our contribution touched various aspects of the project including coordination and design of the steel framing, stone engineering, and anchoring design, and overall stone installation guidance. PICCO utilized BIM software to guarantee proper and accurate integration between the structure and the natural stone panels. An amazing team effort ensured that the Architect’s vision was successfully realized.
"The Ark of Return Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade has a complex geometry comprised of a triangulated stainless steel frame clad in triangular white marble panels. The level of precision and coordination required to fabricate and install the memorial by our entire design and construction team was extraordinary. PICCO Engineering’s design of the structural support details within a limited time frame was critical to the successful installation and public unveiling of the project by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon".
—Rodney Leon, Rodney Leon Architects