Maya Lin plaza fountain begins construction

Robert Boston

Workers pour concrete to build the nearly 80-foot diameter water feature with a raised platform that will be the focal point of the plaza in front of the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine. World-renowned architect Maya Lin, best known for designing the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed the plaza’s landscape and water feature in partnership with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. of Boston. Fed by a 4,000-gallon reservoir, the year-round pool will be an “infinity pool” with a disappearing edge. The 38-foot diameter platform will include fiber-optic lighting made to look like twinkling stars when lit at night.