Dedicated to the brave men and women who have served in the Indiana National Guard, the Hoosier Patriot Memorial at 10800 E. Washington St. inside Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis was completed in fall 2007. It features three distinct concrete patterns and colors in its focal point area which includes a larger-than-life statue of a modern-day soldier, a revolutionary minuteman etched in glass and the Indiana state seal on a granite disk.
“Such memorials are meant to last generations into the future and the willingness of the design community to use decorative concrete in this fashion is almost a firm testament to the materials used as it is to the great causes the memorial itself is honoring,” notes Jhennifer Sanchez, director of design and sustainability with Smock Fansler, the project’s general contractor and the hardscape’s concrete finisher.
The project involved close attention to detail, along with a tight construction schedule of 60 days. “An immovable dedication date meant all parties had to work in diligent unison,” Sanchez says. “Of particular concern was a tight tolerance placed on the combination of a curved retaining wall set in a lake, a custom-built rail and light system, and custom-fabricated glass panels involving five contractors.”
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