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Balco Metalines

The New World Leader in Specialty Building Product Innovation

expansion joint systems, fire blankets, ornamental trench covers, decorative
grates, stair safety nosings, wall and corner guards

Innovative and Creative  -  Balco engineers
designed a custom trench grating product to
enhance the creation of this remarkable effect.

From across America, thousands
came together on April 19 to dedicate
the Oklahoma City National
Memorial, with special tributes
delivered by President Bill Clinton
and Attorney General Janet Reno.

The monument's design was the vision of the
architectural firm of Butzer Design Partnership
of Cambridge Massachusetts. The partners
Hans Ekkehard Butzer, Torrey Butzer, and
Sven Berg have transformed the former
site of the Alfred P. Murrah building into
one of tranquility and reflection.
Visitors are quickly drawn to the large
reflecting pool, framed by 30-foot-tall bronze
gates, an interactive museum, and 168
memorial chairs. The pool, which stretches 320-
feet long but is only 3/4" deep, has the
appearance of no water coming in or out,
but rather simply suspended in space.
Balco engineers designed custom trench
grating product to enhance the creation
of this remarkable effect.

Dark stone lines the pool, "making it difficult to see
the bottom but easy to see reflections
of things not there, " the architects
said in their entry statement, "a place
that leaves people with hope."