The building architect, Allied Works Architecture, created a concrete arch structure with a glass curtainwall system, featuring a spiral processional rising to a rooftop sanctuary. The sanctuary, which can also be accessed from inside of the building, is envisioned to be a civic room designed for ceremonies, celebrations, and reflection.
With more than 50,000 square feet, the Museum features a Great Hall, providing views of the Scioto River, as well as a space for gatherings and public events. The Exhibition Galleries follow the curve of the concrete rings, and the experience concludes with an interactive media experience in the heart of the building. A second floor mezzanine features a Memorial Room to honor our fallen heroes, and a lower level incorporates a Rotating Exhibition Gallery and interpretive classrooms and meeting rooms.
The landscape architect, OLIN, designed the surrounding Memorial Grove as a place for reflection so that visitors can pause to think about what they have experienced in the Museum. At the center of a circular path is a grove of trees, symbolizing reflection and designating this area as a sacred place to honor and memorialize veterans. At the end of the path is a stone wall featuring a reflecting pool at the base and three areas where water will cascade over the wall.