Questions and Answers
Use the form below to ask any questions you may have regarding the National World War One Memorial Design Competition. All questions will be answered by the Competition Managers, and posted on this page. The source of the questions will not be identified. Please review the questions already answered below to see if your question has already been asked and answered before submitting your own. As stated in the Competition Regulations, Section 2.4. Questions and Answers: All questions received in accordance with the Competition Schedule will be answered in accordance with the Competition Regulations. Upon publication by the Competition Managers, the Questions and Answers become official addenda to the Competition Manual.
Q1: Will you consider dropping the 'fee' requirement or at least creating a 'STUDENT' discount!?Would you consider augmenting the entry fee as follows: 1) Students...........(Free)?
A1: Per section 1.4 of the Competition Regulations, "An entry fee of $100 must be paid for each Design Entry at the time of submittal." No reductions or waiving of fees will be made for any entry, regardless of the source of entry.
Q2: Please kindly let us know how do we register towards participating in WW1 Memorial Competition that you are holding, please and also is their any competition fee for entering the competition?
A2: Registration is not required. Refer to the Competition Manual for information on participation; specifically sections 1.4 and 1.5 of the Competition Regulations address the entry fee and electronic submittal requirements.
Q3: Do you have CAD Files of the competition site? I think will be good to have it. 2D or 3D?
A3: No, all available resources have been posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q4: Can we have access to a plan with topographic heights of the site?
A4: Refer to the Pershing Park As Built Set posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q5: Is it possible to get a fully dimensioned, to scale, site plan that I can send to my printer to get an enlarged version of the site plan to work from?
A5: Refer to the Pershing Park As Built Set and Site Diagram posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q6: Is there any auto cad file (dwg), including ground levels, of the project site?
A6: See Q&A #3.
Q7: Do you have the CAD Files of the site? Plans, elevations, details?
A7: See Q&A #3 and #4.
Q8: Will a digital (CAD) Survey be made available to accurately asses level site dimensions etc.
A8: See Q&A #3 and #4.
Q9: Is there a minimum and maximum number of 30"x40" pages required for stage I submission?
A9: The Design Entry must be one, single 30” x 40” PDF.
Q10: Would a 3d model of Pershing Square Park and surrounding buildings be provided for competition participants?
A10: No, all available resources have been posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q11: On the Map Issued 'Pershing Park Circulation 150520 ' can you explain what the r.o.w. line (dashed) means ?
A11: The r.o.w. line is the delineation of where the District’s right-of-way (public space) extends to around Pershing Park.
Q12: Hello, I would like to register my Firm in the current WWI Memorial, Washington DC, Competition. Please forward instructions as to how this can be accomplished.
A12: See Q&A #2.
Q13: Just wondering if you might have a AutoCAD version of the Site Plan anywhere? If so could you forward it to me?
A13: See Q&A #3.
Q14: Physical Model Requirement: Is a 3D computer generated model acceptable or is a "traditional hand built or computer generated 3D printer" type model required?
A14: A model is not required in Stage I. Refer to section 3 of the Competition Regulations for the “Mandatory Requirements For Stage I Design Entries.” Additionally, per section 1.9 of the Competition Regulations, coordination of 3-D models required as part of Stage II will take place at the Stage II Competition Briefing.Q15: What is the budget for the project?
Q15: What is the budget for the project?
A15: Goal 9 of the Design Goals on page 19 of the Competition Manual states, “The Memorial should be designed to be constructed at a cost no greater than $20-25 million”
Q16: What is the meaning / significance of the r.o.w Line on the map issue titled 'PershingPark_circulation-150520 ' - are these protected viewing lines?
A16: See Q&A #11.
Q17: Is a premium planned, for teams how are qualified for Stage 2 or finaly for the winner's project?
A17: Per Section 7 of the Competition Regulations, the $25,000 Honorarium will be paid to each Stage II individual/team when they submit their Stage II Design Concept and it is deemed in accordance with the Mandatory Requirements for Stage II.
Q18: Can the Stage I entry be more than one sheet? presumably 36" x 48"?
A18: No. Refer to Section 3.3 of the Competition Regulations and Q&A #9.
Q19: Is the single pdf to submit supposed to be formatted on 30" wide by 40" long (vertical) or landscape?
A19: Landscape format, per Section 3.3 of the Competition Manual.
Q20: Do we need any beforehand registration OR we just need to submit our entry with 100 $ fee on or before 21/07/2015.
A20: Pre-registration is not required. It is correct that the entry fee must be paid at the time of submittal, per Section 1.4 of the Competition Regulations, and yes, per the Competition Schedule, the deadline for Stage I entries is July 21, 2015.
Q21: Is there a required format and/or number of pages for the PDF for stage 1, or that up to us?
A21: Refer to Section 3 of the Competition Regulations for the mandatory requirements for the submittal. Also see Q&A #9.
Q22: How many 30"x40" boards in pdf format are allowed in Phase I?
A22: See Q&A #9.
Q23: Can someone who is working for a firm that is submitting an entry also submit separately as an individual designer?
A23: The Competition Regulations do not prohibit the number of entries per person or team, so it is a decision between you and your firm.
Q24: Can individuals working for a firm that is submitting a design for the competition also submit separately as an individual designer under their own name?
A24: See Q&A # 23
Q25: Is there a limit to the number of entries allowed per individual? If the entry fee is paid each time?
A25: The Competition Regulations do not prohibit the number of entries per person or team, but you are correct that the entry fee must be paid for each entry.
Q26: Does DC have a restriction on tree height?
Q27: Do the elements from the Pershing Memorial have to stay onsite? If so, can they be moved to a different location within the site, and/or can the individuals parts be rearranged?
A27: The design should presumptively incorporate the existing elements of the Pershing Memorial. Any changes to the Pershing Memorial would be subject to NEPA and NHPA Section 106 review.
Q28: We are considering water as a possible design element in our proposal. As the National Park Service will ultimately oversee and maintain the memorial, are there any stakeholder reservations about the inclusion of a water feature as part of the design?
A28: Water features are discouraged but not explicitly prohibited, but construction and maintenance costs will be a consideration in evaluation of designs.
Q29: Is the memorial anticipated to be open to the public 24 hours? If yes, when are park rangers expected to be on site during the day?
A29: The memorial is anticipated to be open 24 hours. Currently, park rangers are not stationed at the park, and the Park Service has not indicated any future plans one way or the other.
Q30: I noticed the Pershing Park site is a “Noncontributing Site” for the National Register of Historic Places for Pennsylvania Avenue, however, that same document lists the General Pershing Memorial as a “Contributing Object”. I am under the impression this means the memorial will have to remain. Is this correct? If it does need to remain, can it be relocated or rearranged?
A30: See Q&A #27.
Q31: Will all of or a portion of the existing service/maintenance basement need to remain?
Q32: The trees in the park are protected, or can be demolished?
A32: No specific trees in the park have been designated for protection. Any design will be subject to NEPA review.
Q33: Please provide a base line site plan for the competition.
A33: See Q&A #5.
Q34: One of the design goals is to provide open views of the U.S. Capitol Building, but the view of the Capitol seems marginal. Is there really a significant view of the Capitol from the site?
A34: An unobstructed view of the Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue is available from the northeast corner of the site, and should be preserved.
Q35: Will the parking spaces along the north edge of the site remain?
A35: Removal of all or some of the parking is an option that can be explored, but has not yet been determined, and would be subject to NEPA review.
Q36: What is the maximum size of the pdf file to be uploaded for Stage I?
A36: There is no file size maximum. Please keep in mind that the submissions will be viewed on screen so files need not be high resolution.
Q37: I don't necessarily feel comfortable giving out my card info! Why is there no other way to pay the entry fee, such as by check or wire transfer?
A37: The online submittal application is powered by Submittable. Submittable accepts credit cards or Pay Pal. Submittable does not store credit card or other payment information. Other forms of payment for submissions will not be accepted.
Q38: I was wandering that do we have to retain the present structures on the site OR we can just demolish them to get a complete empty site.
A38: The memorial walls and statue must be retained within Pershing Park. Demolition of other structures is subject to your design concept and to NEPA and NHPA Section 106 review. Also refer to Design Goal 7 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q39: The main question is about the trees and the design should include the existing or can we can we cut off any trees?
A39: There is not a requirement specific to trees. Demolition is subject to your design concept.
Q40: Is it ok to imbed animations in the pdf?
Q41: Regarding the entry fee, will you accept any other form of payment other than by credit card?
A41: See Q&A #37.
Q42: Is there a deadline for questions?
A42: Yes, July 20, 2015.
Q43: Is it possible to charge student/student team less fee?
A43: See Q&A # 1.
Q44: Is subterranean or underground construction allowed?
A44: If necessary. Please consider the budget as stated in Design Goal 9 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q45: Is there a minimum distance of sidewalk that must be maintained? Regarding the sidewalk, how far can we go with the intervention of the memorial?
A45: The minimum width of the sidewalk should meet code standards. In terms of the sidewalk as a memorial element, there is not a specific requirement. Refer to Design Goal 7 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q46: Which "existing Pershing Memorial elements" should be preserved?
A46: The memorial walls and statue must be retained within Pershing Park. They may be relocated or reconfigured subject to your design.
Q47: Can you confirm in byte size the largest file size you are willing to accept at upload date i.e. 5 megs?
A47: See Q&A #36.
Q48: Can the site be designed from scratch? Or do we need to retain the existing structures including the statue?
A48: See Q&A #38.
Q49: Will Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the remain a roadway, or can this space be integrated into the Memorial design?
A49: It will remain a roadway.
Q50: Section 3 of the competition regulations does not indicate the size or number of PDF files to be submitted and as per the answer to question 9 it seems there is requirements for the size of the panels. Is there further information available for maximum files size in MB and is there an entry code that is to be indicated on the PDF panel as part of the anonymity or is there another method the committee will be using?
A50: Section 3.3 of the Competition Manual states, “The Design Entry PDF file must be formatted as a 30” x 40” document in landscape format.” Q&A #9 clarifies, that the Design Entry must be one, single 30” x 40” PDF. There is no need for code as the online entry application, Submittable, will assign a number to your submission.
Q51: Could we just remove all the structures from site and start the design from scratch?
A51: See Q&A #38.
Q52: What is the exact competition site? Whole Pershing park or just Pershing Memorial area?
A52: As stated on page 16 of the Competition Manual, “Pershing Park is the site for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. It is a 1.8 acre parcel bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue NW on the north, 15th Street NW on the west, E Street NW on the south and 14th Street NW on the east. “
Q53: Is there a final date to submit phase 1 questions?
A53: See Q&A #41.
Q54: Does the written description need to be on the 30”x40” board submission or is it a separate document?
A54: Yes, the written description needs to be on the 30”x40” PDF.
Q55: Are we required to keep the existing memorial to General Pershing as it is? Is it acceptable to move it or re-configure it? would it be possible to move it to another site?
A55: See Q&A #38.
Q56: Can the kiosk be removed?
Q57: Is text allowed in or around the various graphics used on our boards such as titles, designations, orientations, clarifications, etc? And if so, is each word counted against our 250 word narrative limit or are they considered separate?
A57: Yes, brief notations are allowed with the graphics and do not count against the narrative word limit.
Q58: Are bathrooms required on the site? (there are pre-existing restrooms underneath the kiosk)
A58: No. Refer to Design Goal 8 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q59: Is a food concession required on the site?
A59: No. Refer to Design Goal 8 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q60: Is a building (enclosed interior space) required on the site for any purpose?
A60: No. Refer to Design Goal 8 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q61: Per the "Anonymity" clause in the competition manual, entrants are not to place any identification marks on the board. Given that we are not assigned anonymous registration numbers, how will the boards be linked to the entrant? Will the boards be tagged with a marker upon submission?
A61: The online entry application, Submittable, will assign a number to your submission.
Q62: The brief states "The Memorial should be timeless and meaningful for future generations, which can be achieved through appropriate interpretive elements including (but not limited to) figurative or other sculpture, traditional monument forms, and relevant quotations or other texts relating to American participation in World War I." Does this mean that some figurative elements are mandatory? For instance could the memorial entirely contain non figurative sculptural elements? Also is text and or quotations mandatory? Is it required to specify what quotations or text will be used?
A62: Figurative elements, text, and quotations are not mandatory. If your design anticipates using text or quotes, it is not necessary to specify at this time what they are.
Q63: Please confirm if the upload facility is operational now. What is the maximum file size acceptable - 1 MEG / 5 MEGS / 10 MEGS ? What format is prefered - JPEG / PDF / PNG ?OTHER ?
A63: Yes, you may submit your design at any time. There is no file size limit (See Q&A #36). The file type must be a PDF, per Section 3 of the Competition Manual.
Q64: The majority of memorials currently in Washington DC situated on the National Mall, included the selected WWI memorial references on the competitions site, are of a fairly traditional/ conservative memorial design. Is the new WW1 memorial able to be of a more contemporary nature given it is still harmonious in its context? May the design be different to the nature of the existing memorials in order to be relevant to future generations?
A64: There is no predetermined or preferred style. Per the Design Goals on page 19 of the Competition Manual, “The Memorial should be timeless and meaningful for future generations.”
Q65: What is the anticipated maintenance/ operations budget for the park?
A65: The maintenance and operations budget for the park will be established after the Design Competition.
Q66: How many pages are we permitted to submit for stage 1 entry?
A66: One. See Q&A #9.
Q67: What is height restrictions?
A67: There is no height restriction.
Q68: Must all the memorial be accessible by people with disabilities? Could there be some parts that are not?
A68: The final design must comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Also refer to Design Goal 10 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q69: The submission is electronic only. it says that one physical model is required. How to present that? as a PDF picture file only? The 3 D digital models have formats different from PDF.
A69: A physical model is not required for the Stage I Design Entry. Section 3 of the Competition describes the requirements for Stage I. The physical model you cite is listed in Section 4, which describes requirements for those designers selected to participate in stage II.
Q70: I don't understand: only one 30 by 40 pdf file is permitted, but then up to 6 36by 48 boards have to be sent? Please explain.
A70: Section 3 of the Competition describes the requirements for Stage I. The six 36x48 boards you cite is listed in Section 4, which describes requirements for those designers selected to participate in stage II.
Q71: Could the sidewalk's material be changed?
A71: See Q&A #38.
Q72: Is there a height restriction?
A72: See Q&A #57.
Q73: What is the maximum file size (e.g., 50 MB) that can be uploaded through the entry submission form? Also, regarding the resolution of entries, could you please be more specific than, "screen resolution is preferable"?
A73: See Q&A #36.
Q74: Please clarify. A27 seems to be in conflict with item 7 on page 19 of the Design Goals.....the use of the existing elements of the Pershing Memorial. Our interpretation is that this is up to the designer.
A74: Answer 27 is a clarification of the Design Goals. As further clarification and as stated in Q&A #38 and #46, the memorial walls and statue must be retained within Pershing Park. They may be relocated or reconfigured subject to your design. Demolition of other structures is subject to your design concept and to NEPA and NHPA Section 106 review.
Q75: I am slightly confused by your answer to question 27. My interpretation of the Competition Manual is that elements of the existing Pershing Memorial may, or may not be incorporated in our design proposals.
A75: See Q&A #74.
Q76: How many were involved in the conflict? And how many were on the home front versus in conflict?
A76: 4.7 million Americans served in uniform. Of those, 2 million were part of the American Expeditionary Force, i.e., U.S. forces deployed in Europe. More than 1 million saw active operations.
Q77: How many died in the conflict? 116,516? (women killed? African American? Foreign fighters?)
A77: Yes, 116,516 Americans died, of whom 359 were women. There is no reliable number for African Americans or other U.S. ethnic groups. If “foreign fighters” refers to the military of other combatant nations, the estimate is 10 million.
Q78: Wounded seem to be: 204,000. Who were they?
A78: Yes, a little over 200,000 were wounded. There is no reliable breakdown of this figure by race or gender.
Q79: How many were permanently disabled?
A79: 120,000 disabled soldiers went through official military rehabilitation programs intended to help them return to a normal life.
Q80: How many are buried in Europe? And where?
A80: Approximately 31,000 U.S. servicemen and women are buried in eight cemeteries in France, Belgium and England administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Another 4,500 missing are listed on honor rolls at those cemeteries. See http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials
Q81: Please give guidance as to how the submission should be labelled, it is anonymous so how do we get a code to put on the boards for identification?
A81: The filename should not include any identifying information. Your submission will receive a number upon submittal, but the filename of your file will be viewable to the jury and must therefore anonymously labeled.
Q82: Will the jurors view entries on a flat screen monitor or a digital projector? The display method can seriously affect how images appear.
A82: The jurors will review the submittals on both flat screen monitors and digitally projected.
Q83: Even though there is no compensation for Stage 1 entries. Even if your work is not selected as finalist, is there any several award or honor for stage 1 entry works?
A83: The Jury may award honorable mentions at its discretion.
Q84: For french and non american architecture office...what arte the unit of the format 30"40"?! Inch, centimeter or other?!
Q85: Does the "association with a licensed professional" required for advancement to stage 2 need to be demonstrated before the receipt of the award for stage 1?
Q86: How the file pdf. has to be nominated?
A86: The PDF file name must not contain any identifying information. The file must be uploaded to the Competition Website per the instructions on the website: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/submissions.html
Q87: Regarding the existing Pershing memorial walls and statue: do these need to be entirely preserved in their current state - or could they be reconfigured and integrated as elements within parts of the new design?
A87: See Q&A #46.
Q88: Can we use the photographs that are included with the information package in our submission?
A88: Yes, you may use photographs used in the Competition Manual.
Q89: How will the submitted designs be reviewed by the various committees i.e.: printed, digital or projection? Will they be able to zoom in on the competition boards to view the drawings in greater detail?
A89: The jurors will review the submittals on both flat screen monitors and digitally projected. They will have the ability to zoom in on the submittal.
Q90: How much can we alter or change the existing walls in the Pershing memorial? Can they be broken up into different segments or be made smaller? Or can we include new walls with the existing information in our proposals?
A90: See Q&A #46.
Q91: The competition requirements states that, the "narrative shall be .. on the exhibit side of the Design Entry".. which side is the "exhibit side" on the one page PDF of 30" x 40" sheet? and does the narrative need to be next to the title?
A91: As the entry is a single-page PDF, all information must be presented on the same side. Placement of the title and narrative is at your discretion
Q92: In the competition manual, under design goals, #3 states that quotations may be used, but the names of service members who fought in the war may not be. Does this cause quotes from soldiers and officers to be excluded from the memorial?
Q93: What are the dimensions of the Pershing statue and memorial walls? (length, width, height)
A93: Refer to the As-Built drawings provided on the Competition Website: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/resources-and-downloads/pershing-park-as-built-reference.html
Q94: Do we need to keep the existing areaways on the site? What are they for?
A94: If underground spaces are not retained, the areaways serving those spaces need not be retained.
Q95: What, if any, components or alterations can be proposed within the r.o.w.?
A95: Any alterations to public rights of way would have to meet District Department of Transportation (DDOT) standards.
Q96: What restrictions are placed on the use of glass as an architectural element in the memorial design?
Q97: How can I get a site plan with dimensions. the pdf plans from 1980 do not have site dimensions.
A97: The available resources have been posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q98: What do you mean for "narrative" not exceeding 250 words? It must be a story, or it can be a description of the project?
A98: Narrative refers to a project description.
Q99: Will the submissions be viewed from a projector or on a screen?
A99: See Q&A #82.
Q100: Is the park going to be opened all the time or should it be closed at night?
A100: See Q&A #29.
Q101: A89 states that the jurors will have the opportunity to zoom in. That is only of benefit if the submission is at greater than screen resolution, otherwise the image just gets pixelated. Is there a maximum allowable file size?
A101: A89 referred to zooming in to 100%. Smaller file size is preferable for our purposes.
Q102: The brief says, the memorial components should be preserved. As per Q&A46, the 2 walls and the statue need to be part of the proposed design. To this note, can I confirm the following, the 'bench' is not required to be part of the proposed design. The base platform is not required to be part of the design. Should both the faces of the two walls be visible or the back side of the long wall (can be covered). Can the organization of these 3 elements change that is be placed in different parts of the site? Does the long wall need to maintain the current slope?
A102: A#46 states that demolition of structures other than the walls and statue is subject to your design concept and to NEPA and NHPA Section 106 review. A#38 states the walls and statue may be relocated or reconfigured subject to your design. Refer Design Goal 7 on page 19 of the Competition Manual.
Q103: I was just wandering if it would be acceptable under the rules of the competition for two of my cohorts to join that both hold somewhat of a governmental position. One works for the National Parks Service, the other is a freelance landscape photographer who is hired by the government for their profession.
A103: Refer to Section 6 of the Competition Regulations on page 25 of the Competition Manual for eligibility requirements.
Q104: When the jury views the pdf file of the 30 x 40 presentation drawing, will they be looking at a large monitor or will they be looking at a screen. If the file is projected on a screen, what resolution is the projector?
A104: See Q&A #82.
Q105: I have just submitted my pdf presentation and it appears that it was successfully sent. Will I be receiving an email confirmation that it has been received? I would have thought that the online submission form would have had a confirmation page after submission. Instead, it just redirected me to the main home page.
A105: Yes, an e-mail confirmation is sent upon submittal.
Q106: What is the R.O.W line?
A106: See Q&A #11.
Q107: When would that committee prefer the unveiling/opening of the finished site to be?
A107: The projected date is Armistice Day (November 11), 2018.
Q108: The level difference of the site, between Pennsylvania avenue is 7 feet, according to your site plan. Can we assume that the level difference between northwest corner and southeast corner is aprox. 10 feet?
A108: The extent of available information is in the As Built Set posted to the “Resources and Downloads” section of the Competition Website.
Q109: Is it possible to upload an revised PDF once we've submitted? For example, if we uploaded on Sunday, is it possible to upload a newer PDF on Tuesday to replace the earlier version?
A109: Yes, you should be able to upload a new PDF anytime prior to the scheduled deadline.
Q110: When submitting the pdf file, which box is the file placed. Design Entry Title? If so, to remain anonymous, is the title merely- World War 1 Memorial, Washington, D.C. - followed by the pdf file placed in the Design Entry Title box?
A110: Below the Design Entry Title box there is a section titled “File Upload” where you can choose your file. The PDF file name must not contain any identifying information.
Q111: Please send me detailed instructions on exactly how, and in what format I can submit my proposal. Also please confirm the date that it is due. I was under the impression it was July 24 but the manual says July 21.
A111: Submittal instructions are provided under the “Submit Your Design” tab on the Competition website. Per Section 3.3 of the Competition Regulations on page 24 of the Competition Manual, the Design Entry must be in PDF format. Per Section 1.5 of the Competition Regulations on page 21 of the Competition Manual, Stage I submittals must be received by 3:00 pm Eastern time on the date indicated on the Competition Schedule. Per the Section 18 of the Competition Regulations and the Competition Schedule on pages 27-28, the due date for Stage I submittals is July 21, 2015.
Q112: Is a landscape plan or description of tree species available?
A112: No. All available resources have been posted to the Resources and Downloads tab of the Competition Website.
Q113: Is the submission due by 12:00 midnight on 7/21/15 or some other time that day?
A113: Per Section 1.5 of the Competition Regulations on page 21 of the Competition Manual, Stage I submittals must be received by 3:00 pm Eastern time on the date indicated on the Competition Schedule (July 21, 2015).