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Tahoma National Cemetery, King County
JGM was the prime consultant and coordinated the work of the multi-state
consultant team for master planning and Phase I and II design development and
construction implementation of this 156 acre national veterans cemetery. Department
of Veterans Affairs and King County ’s Department of Development & Environmental
Services teamed up in a unique relationship in order to meet the project’s
Perhaps the Tahoma National Cemetery ’s most striking element
is its axial orientation toward Mount Rainier, taking full advantage
of its geographical location in southeastern King County . The
individual markers along the main drive are aligned with Mount
Rainier , creating a powerful image of order, rank and file. When
all four phases are completed, the cemetery will accommodate up
to 122,000 veterans through a variety of ways: in traditional burial
plots, cremated remains housed in garden niches, columbarium or
The Tahoma National Cemetery Master Plan received an Honor Award
for design from the Washington Chapter of the American Society
of Landscape Architects and is featured in VA pamphlets distributed
at all veteran’s cemeteries.
JGM’s scope included master planning, public involvement
and multiple design and construction phases. Ted Wall , ASLA, was
JGM’s the project manager for all phases of the project.
David McNeal, FASLA, served as principal-in-charge and master planner.