In 1802, George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, acquired the land that is now Arlington National Cemetery. Spanning more than 624 acres, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 souls. More than four million visitors come to Arlington National Cemetery each year to pay their respects to those who lost their lives serving their country.
Increasing amounts of damage from lack of proper drainage led the government to conduct an extensive evaluation of the stormwater collection systems. McKim & Creed was honored to serve, and inspected ~31,000 LF of 8- to 48-inch gravity piping using state-of-the-art technology such as CUES digital side scanning CCTV camera systems and Trimble GPS with Asset Surveyor data collectors. Our renewal and replacement specialists also evaluated the drainage systems serving the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Women in Military Service Memorial, and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial. Extreme care and consideration were given to the surroundings during the inspection process, and all activities were halted as burial ceremonies were conducted. Between 27 and 30 funerals are conducted at the cemetery each weekday (Monday through Saturday).
McKim & Creed delivered recommendations to address the cemetery’s drainage challenges. It was an honor to help restore and maintain this important piece of American history.