BERLIN - The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department 9/11 memorial is continuing to move toward completion after taking longer to do so than expected.
Fire Chief Mark Lewandowski told The Herald the project, which began in 2010 with the application and procurement of three building pieces from the World Trade Center that fell during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, should be completed before the snow falls.
“This was a lot bigger than what I anticipated it being,” said Lewandowski. “But we are getting there and we do have the full intent to get it done to honor those who lost their lives during 9/11.”
In addition to juggling the several moving parts involved, and using volunteered time from fire department members and construction companies that volunteered for the project, a big challenge is using the $30,000 the department has acquired in funding donations and grants, efficiently, Lewandowski said.
“What we’ve done is try to maximize those donations to get the most bang for our buck,” he said.
The property also faced a drainage issue in preventing flooding of the department’s station, as the building sits below the Farmington Avenue street line, which has been addressed.
The finished memorial will consist of a main circular section near the station with benches, close to two steel beams standing upright and resembling the Twin Towers. A pathway from the circle will lead to the steel beams, which be surrounding by pavement in the shape of a pentagon.
The third beam, which was damaged by the collapse of the world trade center buildings, will be mounted withing a circle and separately lighted. The front part of the memorial near Farmington Avenue will feature trees and planting beds around the area.
The whole area will feature lighting by Alexia Lighting of Newington, which thedepartment can customize to match colors and patterns they desire.
A local Scout is also designing an area for an antique fire extinguisher, that Berlin Auto painted and clear coated, as part of an Eagle Scout project.
Manafort Brothers, of New Britain, helped transport the artifacts to Kensington, while also providing equipment and personnel support alongside Suzio Brothers, of Meriden, and Mizzy Construction, of Plainville.
Those wishing to donate to the memorial are welcome to do so as the station is a 501(c)3 organization that accepts tax-deductible donations.
Visit the station at 880 Farmington Ave. for more information.