Following a national solicitation, the 5/31 Memorial Request for Qualifications process resulted in four qualified submissions. With guidance from the City Attorney’s Office and City Purchasing, the 5/31 Memorial Committee met on November 16 and 17, 2022, to review and score all four proposals.

Using a combination of numerical scoring and consensus process facilitated by Dr. Larry Schooler of Kearns & West, the Committee selected two finalist teams:

During Phase II of the process, the firms traveled to Virginia Beach in January 2023 and met with the Committee and affected City staff, and heard from family members. The firms were required to provide their conceptual plans, three-dimensional sketches/representations, written descriptions, and other materials to effectively convey their design concepts to the 5/31 Memorial Committee and the community. An opinion on the probable construction cost was also required. The firms submitted their plans electronically on Feb. 24 and then made formal presentations to the Committee on March 2 during an open meeting.

View the summarized plans below:

Dills Architects with SWA

RHI with Kirkland Studio

Stakeholder input on these two design concepts is desired. Visit to take a short survey to provide your feedback. This survey will be open from March 3 through March 23.

The 5/31 Memorial Committee will meet on March 29 to review the feedback and conduct their final evaluation of the two proposals, using the evaluation criteria set forth in the Request for Qualifications. The Committee will then make a recommendation to City Council in April regarding the next steps.