The Oklahoma City Memorial offers remembrance for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on the site of the former federal building. The memorial designers, the Butzer Design Partnership, selected Sasaki to assume the prime consultant role with the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation for the documentation and construction phases. Sasaki was selected because of the firm's extensive experience in creating high-quality landscapes in technically challenging contexts. Sasaki provided project management, technical landscape design, and civil engineering design services for the design and construction of the three-acre Oklahoma City Memorial.
The memorial includes many elements that interpret the events of April 19, 1995. These were researched, articulated, and documented by Sasaki in order for the project to become a reality and ensure that messaging was precisely communicated. These elements include the 40-foot bronze clad gates, the black granite reflecting pool, the Survivor Tree plaza, and 168 empty bronze and glass chairs representing those who were lost.
Because it was publically funded, the client had to follow a public bid process and select the low bidder. Sasaki suggested a two-step process of contractor selection in order to have all contractors qualified prior to bidding. This strategy enhanced the efficiency of the process enormously. Overall, Sasaki was able to execute and implement the Butzer's vision for the memorial on time and on budget.