Project Statement: The 142-year-old Lakewood Cemetery faced a challenge: how to create a commemorative 21st century space within a revered, landmark setting. The Garden Mausoleum project meets this challenge adroitly, sustainably and gracefully. With the landscape enveloping two thirds of the building within a south-facing slope, architecture opens out onto an expansive, peaceful landscape with a quiet reflecting pool, groves of native trees and contemplative alcoves—a distinctly contemporary design in harmony with its historic environment. -ASLA Award
“Timeless elegance. This project is exquisite and beautifully detailed. It is open to the public, as it should be. The columbarium itself is a sustainable element.”- 2013 Professional Awards Jury
MG McGrath’s Scope of Work: MG McGrath installed 3″ Thermax sheathing, Z furring, 3/4″ plywood, 30# felt, copper vertical standing seam wall panels out of 16 ounce copper. MG McGrath fabricated all of the window trims using .063” polished, and patinized Muntz Bronze. Conical skylights were installed on the green roof and they were made of 1/8” polished, and patinized Muntz Bronze. All exterior copings consisting of Quartz Zinc, and 1/8” Bronze were fabricated by MG McGrath. Interior: Interior oculus skylight trim rings were fabricated and installed by MG McGrath. They were then plastered over to give the entire interior of the skylight the same finish. MG McGrath fabricated face plates to modify exit light signs using 1/8” Aluminum which received a plaster finish to blend in with the wall, and the Bronze, which was installed into an architectural brick wall. MG McGrath fabricated slotted, radiused, .090” diffusers directly inside the glass of the conical skylights and they can be seen from outside on the green roof. We fabricated 3 round, conical, cover plates for the Bocci lights on the second floor of the mausoleum. They were fabricated and installed in a manner that allows a person to change a light bulb without taking the entire cover plate off. They are mounted with fasteners, but also have a chain which will hold the cover from falling when the fasteners are removed. All of the interior window frames were clad with .063” patinized Muntz Bronze.