A PULSE Memorial Site is Underway


A permanent memorial is underway to honor the 49 victims of the PULSE Nightclub shooting. While we wait for its completion, onePULSE Foundation, the official nonprofit managing the design, construction, and operation of a permanent museum and memorial, will start building a temporary interim memorial on February 26, 2018. The temporary memorial allows family and friends, as well as anyone wishing to honor the lives that were taken, to have a place to pay their respects. 

The foundation has announced they will be working with the Orange County Regional History Center to collect and conserve all of the artifacts, works of art, messages, and other memorial items left at the site. Families and survivors have been invited to take home any personal items and messages they left at the site over the weekend. From onePULSE Foundation:

As we move to create a permanent memorial and museum to honor the 49 precious lives that were taken, we also know the importance of ensuring the families, survivors, first responders, and the community continue to have a place to reflect on what happened here,” explained onePULSE Foundation Executive Director Barbara Poma. “The interim memorial will provide areas to leave messages, and will include seating, shade, lighting, and trees – creating a meaningful and inviting space while planning is under way.

June 12, 2016 was an historic day in Orlando’s history, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the lives taken, all those affected, and the outpouring of public support are not forgotten,” said Pam Schwartz, Chief Curator of the Orange County Regional History Center. “We will use the utmost care and sensitivity in preserving the items that were so lovingly created and placed here – they will be integral as the onePULSE Foundation plans the museum.


The process for creating the design was led by Kody Smith, Christina Hite and Greg Bryla, of the landscape architecture firm of Dix.Hite + Partners, and David Stone of Phil Kean Design, working together with onePULSE Foundation’s Memorial Task Force. The Foundation’s Design and Construction committee, led by Vicki Berman, reviewed and approved the interim design. This committee will lead the charge of the construction with Rial Jones of Jones Clayton Construction.

The iconic Pulse sign will be enhanced but not removed. A new fence will be placed around the perimeter of the nightclub itself, which will remain standing until the permanent memorial and museum designs are selected. Much of the labor involved will be completed off-site and new elements will be installed at the site with minimal impact on the surrounding community. Work on the project is expected to last approximately 60 days and should end in late April 2018.


Information about the continuing efforts, details of the interim memorial design, and a full list of memorial task force members can be found atwww.onePULSEFoundation.org.

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