Beyer Blinder Belle, Sasaki, and Jacobs Engineering Add 27 Acres to Arlington Cemetery

The expansion includes 16,000 niche wall burial spaces across five columbaria. All images courtesy Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery has unveiled a 27-acre expansion known as the Millennium Project. Beyer Blinder Belle collaborated on the design with landscape firm Sasaki and Jacobs Engineering. Inaugurated with the ceremonial burial of two unknown Union soldiers from the Civil War, the $87 million addition accommodates 27,282 new spaces for burial above or below ground, including 6,000 pre-dug graves and 16,000 niche wall burial spaces across five columbaria. In addition to shelters crafted from granite and concrete, the expansion also yielded new pathways and stone gardens.

Image courtesy Arlington National Cemetery.

The first significant update to the cemetery in 40 years, the Millennium Project will be joined by an additional redevelopment known as Southern Expansion in 2025. Southern Expansion will expand the footprint of the site by 37 acres, overtaking the now-demolished Navy Annex building.

The Arlington National Cemetery averages four to five funerals per hour.