Rich Harwood in the PhillyBurbs about the Navy Yard Shooting

Navy Yard Shooting-Building's Future
October 4, 2013

The names of the places are sadly familiar: Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Nickel Mines, Penn. After mass shootings made each of those names synonymous with tragedy, officials demolished, closed or altered the buildings where the killings took place to soften painful associations, especially among survivors.

In the aftermath of last month's massacre of 12 people at Washington Navy Yard Building 197, officials now must determine the fate of that five-story, red brick building.

Navy officials have given no indication they plan to tear down Building 197, which is now closed. In fact, they're moving toward renovating the 650,000-square-foot structure in southwest Washington. A $6.4 million repair-and-restoration contract awarded Monday to Englewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., refers prominently to both the tragedy and the building's history.

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