SOURCE: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

July 13, 2007 09:25 ET

First-Ever National Museum to Honor American Law Enforcement Moves Closer to Reality

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - The first-ever national museum dedicated to American law enforcement continues to move forward, with the project recently achieving three significant milestones.

Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), announced the District of Columbia has approved the issuance of $80 million of tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds for construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum; Clark Construction, of Bethesda, Md., has been chosen to provide pre-construction and construction services for the facility; and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has given preliminary design approval for the Museum, to be located in Washington, DC's Judiciary Square.

"We are very pleased that by achieving these important milestones, this long-overdue tribute to the men and women of law enforcement is moving that much closer to becoming a reality," said Mr. Floyd.

The DC Council approved the revenue bonds on July 10. The NLEOMF is now seeking bond purchase proposals from a short list of qualified financial institutions. "The Council's action underscores the confidence local officials continue to show in the merits of the Museum and its prospects for enriching the cultural and educational fabric of the city," said Mr. Floyd. The Museum is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors a year and generate at least $550,000 in new tax revenue annually.

The NLEOMF selected Clark Construction from a field of qualified national and regional firms that competed for the assignment, recognizing Clark's expertise and commitment to delivering the project on time and within budget.

"Clark Construction is very pleased to continue our close relationship with the Memorial Fund, a relationship that began in 1990 with construction of the Memorial," said Chairman Peter Forster. "We are particularly excited to be a part of the Museum project not only because of the unique construction challenge it represents, but also because of the special meaning law enforcement has in all of our lives."

The Commission of Fine Arts voted unanimously on June 21 to give preliminary design approval for the Museum. The CFA action follows the National Capital Planning Commission's vote in April to approve the Museum concept design, which was developed by Davis Buckley Architects and Planners of Washington, DC.

With groundbreaking scheduled for the summer of 2008, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be the largest and most comprehensive museum of its kind when it opens in 2011. The 90,000-square-foot, underground facility will be a high-tech, interactive experience designed to provide visitors with a realistic view of modern policing.

In February, the NLEOMF unveiled plans for the Museum and launched the public phase of its fundraising campaign, called A Matter of Honor. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are the national honorary co-chairs of the campaign, which seeks to raise $80 million to build the Museum. Approximately $31 million has been raised to date.

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