OHIO WESTERN RESERVE NATIONAL CEMETERY
This National Cemetery was the first Veterans Affairs facility built in Northeastern Ohio. The cemetery is planned to accommodate up to 175,000 interments in a variety of casketed, in-ground cremains, and columbarium sites.
Behnke completed both the master plan and Phase I design and construction documents for this project. Major features built as part of Phase I include:
- 15,900 full-casket gravesites
- 3,000 columbarium niches
- Administration/maintenance complex
- Committal shelters
- Public information center
- Main entrance/Avenue of Flags
- Flag assembly area/rostrum
- Memorial walk
- Rain water harvesting and irrigation system for entire property
The Cemetery's Town Square welcomes visitors and alludes to similar gathering spaces common in surrounding Western Reserve communities.
The project was completed under budget, allowing for an expedited development of the Phase II columbarium.
Construction Cost: $13 Million (Phase I)