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Bonfire Memorial project client

Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial, College Station

Texas A&M University

architect

Overland Partners Architects Bob Shemwell, FAIA; Jeff Russell, AIA; Giorgio Colussi;

design team

Erik Christianson; Stephen J. Daly; Michael Rey contractor

Madison Construction

construction manager consultants

Browning Construction

Busby & Associates (cost estimator); Bos Lighting

Design (lighting); Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); Kroll Schiff & Associates (security); The Planning, Research, and Design Group (exhibit design); Mitchell & Morgan (civil); Spencer J. Buchanan Associates (geotechnical); CCRD (MEP) photographer

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a r c h i t e c t

On Nov. 18, 1999, the 55-foot-tall stack under construction for the annual Bonfire collapsed, killing 12 Texas A&M students and injuring 27 others. The memorial is intended to open outside eyes to a deep, strong spirit and tradition that has united thousands of Aggies. Twelve gates stand, oriented in the direction of the hometowns of the 12 fallen men and women. Twenty-seven panels complete the full circle representing the ring of Aggies who each year reunite to celebrate the Bonfire tradition. Entering the circle through one of the portals, the visitor fills the void created by the loss of an Aggie. While centering on the Bonfire tragedy, the memorial will continue to remind and reinforce this spirit that bonds Aggies of the past, present, and future.

Frank White Photography

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