Under Contract

A memorial for the victims of the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001, is being completed. The Interior Department awarded a $3.5 million contract to Leonard S. Fiore Inc. to build the “Tower of Voices,” a 93-story structure with 40 wind chimes to honor the 40 people who were on United Airlines Flight 93 when terrorists hijacked the plane. Flight 93 crashed into a field when passengers on the plane attempted to wrestle control from the hijackers; government officials suspect the aircraft was headed for Washington. The tower will mark the entry and exit of the Flight 93 Memorial.           

Grunley Construction Company Inc. won a $10.8 million contract from the National Park Service to construct a new visitor security screening facility at the Washington Monument, complete with an exterior able to withstand bullets and explosions. The contractor will also be working on the “repair, rehabilitation, and modernization” of an elevator within the 555-foot-tall monument. The elevator had been long overdue for repairs, even before the monument was damaged in an earthquake in 2011. After elevator problems surfaced last year, the monument was shut down indefinitely. The contract states the work should be complete by Jan. 30, 2019. Philanthropist and businessman David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to support repairs to the monument after the 2011 quake, according to The Washington Post.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spending more than $107,000 to publish a special section in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about the FDA’s “The Real Cost” youth tobacco prevention campaign. “Given tobacco’s role as the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., this journal is a highly appropriate forum for disseminating information about tobacco prevention campaign development and implementation,” the agency said in contract documents. 

Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to mwilson@thehill.com.