By Sharon Aron Baron
The Parkland 17 Memorial Foundation, dedicated to honoring the lives lost in the school shooting on February 14, 2018, has announced the six finalists chosen to design a public memorial.
The memorial will be located in the 150-acre preserve that borders Coral Springs and Parkland to unite the two affected communities.
This announcement follows a nationwide competition seeking designs that will permanently commemorate the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre.
“The families of the victims have been advised of the steps in the design process and also have provided input regarding the creation of the Memorial,” said Tony Montalto, father of Gina Montalto and Vice Chairman of the Parkland 17 Memorial Foundation and the family liaison.
“Since this will be the official public memorial, we will be inviting the public to share their thoughts about the design.”
The finalists, revealed by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Florida, include a diverse group of architects and designers from across the United States.
Their proposed designs and further details are available on the Foundation’s official website, where the public will later have the opportunity to provide input through a survey to be launched this Spring.
The selected finalists are:
Gordon Huether of Gordon Huether Studio from Napa, California
Humanity Memorial Inc., in collaboration with EDSA, Inc. from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dills Architects from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jessica Lieberman of J Lieberman Designs from Parkland, Florida, and Rebecca Bradley of Cadence Landscape Architects from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Stephen D. Oliver, in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc. from St. Petersburg, Florida
Riad Architecture from New York, New York
VLC One, Inc. from Hollywood, Florida
Tony Montalto, Vice Chairman of the Parkland 17 Memorial Foundation and father of victim Gina Montalto, emphasized the involvement of the victims’ families in the design process and the Foundation’s commitment to incorporating public feedback. “The official public memorial will reflect the community’s and the families’ desires to forever remember the lives taken too soon,” Montalto stated.
The Foundation also announced that fundraising efforts are underway to support the construction of the Memorial, which will be situated within a peaceful 150-acre preserve bridging Coral Springs and Parkland. This location aims to unite the communities affected by the tragedy and offer a serene space for reflection and remembrance.
The Parkland 17 Memorial will pay tribute to Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang. Foundation
Michael Moser, Chair and Deputy Fire Chief at Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, called for public support in the memorial’s creation.
“This memorial ensures that the innocent children, husbands, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and colleagues taken from this world too soon are remembered forever.”
- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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