Northern Illinois University will build a garden near Cole Hall, with a curved peaceful walkway and five illuminated sections of cardinal red granite, as a permanent memorial to victims of the Feb. 14, 2008 shootings on campus.
The plan for “Memorial Garden” was unveiled today during events commemorating the tragedy one year ago. Those activities included a wreath-laying ceremony at the future garden site, located just east of Cole Hall.
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Ultimately, the advisory Memorial Committee identified a peaceful
garden and/or sculpture as the top memorial concepts. The group also
recommended that the memorial be located within sight of Cole Hall,
include the “Forward, Together Forward” theme and be easily accessible
to the public. A memorial wall was also among the top concepts
identified by the committee.
A smaller group headed by Jeff Daurer, director of capital budgeting
and planning for the NIU Division of Finance and Facilities, then
created the more detailed memorial plan. Representatives of HKM
Architects + Planners, Inc. of Arlington Heights—which designed Barsema
Hall, the Yordon Center and the Barsema Alumni and Visitors
Center—assisted the group, donating its time and expertise in landscape
architecture and design.