By Andrew Seaman, CNN contributorThe U.S. is making progress in the construction of a 3-D replica of the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York City, the White House said on Thursday.
In addition to the construction project, the State Department has awarded $1.3 million to the firm, New York-based DLA Piper, to work on an “artificial structure” for the memorial, the statement said.
The project is being overseen by the National Park Service, which is also assisting with the project.
It was announced in May, the first of two phases.DLA Piper’s project is expected to be complete by 2021, according to the statement.
The memorial is to be built on the east side of the memorial plaza and the west side.
A spokeswoman for the State department told CNN it is not known when the State agency would be able to assist.
The spokeswoman did not specify when the state agency would also assist.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo has previously praised DLA’s work, calling it “a wonderful addition to our National Park.”
In a letter to Congress, Cuomo wrote that the project will be “an important contribution to the preservation and development of the National Mall.”