MARLTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that its joint venture with The Louis Berger Group, Inc. has received a contract from the National Park Service (NPS) to provide construction management services in connection with the repair of earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.
The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, DC and one of the city's earliest attractions. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. Construction of the Monument was completed in 1884. Until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world.
The Monument was recently damaged as a result of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake which occurred in Northern Virginia on August 23, 2011. It has been temporarily closed since then in order to allow the NPS to assess and repair all damage to the Monument.
"We are honored to be involved in the repair and restoration of such an iconic national monument," said James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME, Senior Vice President and Director of Hill's Federal Services Group.