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At long last construction of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) is finally underway. The trapezoidal base and surfacing submarine modules are being built off site and will be transported to the memorial site for installation and finishing when the construction site at Wesley Bolin Plaza is ready.

The ASSM Foundation Committee had a site meeting with Sunland Asphalt & Const., and, Neil Urban from the Arizona Department of Administration on January 24, 2020. We reviewed our site plans which are 95% complete and Neil provided us some excellent feedback and we should be able to finetune our final plans and submit them to the state within the next two weeks. Once this is done, Neil said they should be able to turn it around and give us approval within two weeks. As soon as the ADOA gives us their approval, we want to have a Groundbreaking Ceremony. We must apply for a permit for this and all future events, which all need to be approved by the ADOA. All bureaucratic red tape but very necessary for the process.

In our site meeting with Neil Urban, we were informed that we will have very limited access to the memorial site when the State Legislature is in session. We can have access only on nights and weekends. Our construction timeline will be 4-6 weeks. The legislative session ends in late spring or early summer at which time we will complete construction. Our Dedication Ceremony will most likely be pushed back to fall to avoid the intense summer heat. We will keep you updated accordingly.
We are still seeking funding for the memorial construction and subsequent activities. Our Memorial Pavers will be installed at the end of the construction process, so please continue to reach out to your friends, relatives and business associates and let them know about our project. Memorial Pavers are a great way to honor friends and loved ones. We will be announcing a "Construction Special" for Memorial Pavers on the ASSM website at: www.arizonasilentservicememorial.org.
If you have already purchased a Memorial Paver or have funded one of our ASSM sponsorship items, you will receive another update. Tim Moore has a Donor’s List he uses to send out ASSM progress updates. If you have not purchased a Memorial Paver, now is the time to do it, We would like all Perch Base members to participate in building this memorial that honors all submariners. We would definitely love to add all your names to our donor’s list. Don’t miss out!

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(l-r) Attending the 01/24/2020 meeting, standing on the location of the future ASSM Memorial:
Brian Petko, Petko Const.; Dan Marks, Perch Base Webmaster; Joe Stevens Sunland Structures General Manager; Tim Moore, ASSM Chairman; Renee Palmer-Stevens, ASSM Designer; Kevin Fisher, Sunland Asphalt & Const. Project Manager; Marcus Hensley, ASSM Treasurer; Chris Urness, ASSM Secretary; Nate Decker, ASSM Copper Sculptor.

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Form for the construction pad. 01/23/2020

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Concrete pad & starting walls for trapezoidal base. 01/25/2020

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Further progress on the trapezoidal base. 01/27/2020

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01/28/2020.

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01/28/2020.

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01/29/2020

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01/29/2020.

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01/29/2020.

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01/29/2020

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01/30/2020.

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01/30/2020.

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01/30/2020.

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02/03/2020.

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02/04/2020.

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02/04/2020.

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02/04/2020.

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02/04/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/04/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/04/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/04/2020. At Castle Steel.

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At Castle Steel. 02/06/2020.

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At Castle Steel. 02/06/2020.

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At Castle Steel. 02/06/2020.

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02/07/2020. The trapezoid base is expected to load and ship to Nate Decker's shop (the sculptor) on Tuesday, 2/11/2020 to place the boat on top and do the copper work.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move. Just as an FYI, the trapezoid base structure weighs 33,500 lbs. (We believe it weighs the same submerged.)

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/11/2020. On the move.

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02/12/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/12/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/13/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/13/2020. At Castle Steel.

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02/13/2020. At Castle Steel.

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03/04/2020.

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03/04/2020.

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03/04/2020.

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03/04/2020. Phase 2 complete. Phase 3 will be wrapping the structure with our copper sculpture.

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03/06/2020.

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03/06/2020.

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03/09/2020.

UPDATE: 06/05/2020
ASSM One (Major) Step Closer!
The Arizona Silent Service Memorial completed an important step toward reality. The Arizona Department of Administration, the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, and State of Arizona approved the engineering and code reviews submitted earlier this year.
The next step will be to have a construction planning meeting in the near future to put together a construction timeline. Previous discussions with the State of Arizona determined that placement at Wesley Bolin Plaza in front of the Capital Building would only be permitted while the State House and Senate are out of session. The Legislature adjourned on May 26 for the remainder of the year, which should permit construction to start anytime soon and might be completed in time to dedicate the Memorial near Veterans Day.

View the Approval Letter

View the Approval Letter

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06/18/2020: Now that the ASSM is fully approved, work on the monument is again underway, beginning Phase 3. Concrete is being "floated" in to create the formation of the water.

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06/18/2020.

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06/18/2020.

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06/23/2020.

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06/23/2020. Test samples of the paint that will be on the retaining wall of the overlook platform.

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06/23/2020.

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07/18/2020. Copper cladding installed on the walls of the memorial.

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07/23/2020. Sculpture is about 75% complete. Sculpture work should be completed in the next few days if the weather cooperates. This is going to be awesome when completed!

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07/23/2020.

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07/23/2020.

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07/23/2020.

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08/03/2020. Groundbreaking Ceremony. Read more and see more pictures and video on the Groundbreaking Ceremony webpage HERE.

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08/06/2020. Significant earthmoving completed and the location where the retaining wall will be is now evident.

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08/06/2020.

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08/06/2020.

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08/06/2020. The trench for the retaining wall foundation is done and the rebar for the foundation pour is almost ready for inspection. North end of the retaining wall foundation.

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08/06/2020.

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08/06/2020. West side of the retaining wall foundation. This is where the viewing platform will be when the wall is completed.

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08/06/2020. South end of the retaining wall foundation.

Keep returning for future photos as the ASSM Memorial is built.

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