High Concrete Group LLC, based in Denver, Pa., has secured an insulated, architectural precast panel contract from Phelps Construction Group for the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor.
|High Concrete Group will be producing architectural precast panels to form the façade of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. RENDERINGS: Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation|
FXFOWLE, the award-winning New York architectural firm, has created, what High Concrete officials note is “a stunning 26,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art building. Every detail has been thoughtfully incorporated to complement and respect the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island.” The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has raised nearly $70 million to build the museum, expected to open in 2019.
This is the first new building construction undertaken by the Foundation, which has been responsible for historic restoration and preservation since the 1980s. As the key part of a beautification plan that includes landscaping and lighting, the new museum will give the more than 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty the opportunity to learn about and honor the Statue’s history, influence and legacy in the world. The current Statue of Liberty Museum, located inside the Statue of Liberty monument, is only accessible to a small fraction of the Statue’s visitors due to the safety upgrades that were put in place following September 11, 2001.
“The Statue of Liberty is not just one of the most recognized monuments in the world, but an international symbol of hope that deserves to have her story shared with everyone who visits Liberty Island,” said Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation President and CEO Stephen Briganti.
“Lady Liberty is the symbol of everything America is about: freedom, hope, possibility and resilience,” adds fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, who is leading the fundraising campaign for the museum. “It is She that millions of immigrants saw first as they arrived in this country, their hearts full of dreams for a brighter future. Now it is my hope that the Statue of Liberty and her incredible story will live on and on, inspiring generations for years to come.”
“A great opportunity indeed. We at High Concrete are proud to be part of this exciting project in homage of America’s iconic Lady of the Harbor,” adds High Concrete Vice President of Sales & Marketing Robert Pabst, a Brooklyn-Long Island, N.Y., native.