Disabled Veteran’s Memorial

Disabled Veterans Memorial - Union, MO, aerial shot

Missouri Pathfinders

The nonprofit organization Missouri Pathfinders spearheaded the efforts to design and complete this state-sanctioned memorial honoring disabled veterans. Located inside Veterans Memorial Park in Union, MO, the memorial is all-encompassing — it honors all branches of military service and all disabled veterans in communities across Franklin County and beyond.

Missouri Pathfinders selected Cochran to design the memorial. Cochran worked with the committee to develop Community Funding packets with renderings, information and cost estimates.

The memorial was designed based on the information gathered from the committee on key elements that needed to be incorporated. Some of these elements were the pentagon shape, stadium, seating, flags, granite memorial plaques, and branches of the military. With the focus of the memorial for Disabled Veterans, all elements are handicap accessible and connected directly to the handicap-accessible parking area.

Heartland Park

Heartland Park's Bridge

City of Wentzville, Missouri

The Cochran Team provided design and construction administration services for the City of Wentzville’s 59-acre Heartland Park’s development, which includes soccer and football fields, three pavilions and a boardwalk. The main park project was completed in 2017, with an additional 2-year period for maintenance of native plant growth. Additional projects, including a 10-foot-wide walking trail and inclusive playground, were completed in 2019.

Cochran provided construction management services, as well as oversight and inspection of all construction services; general contractor coordination, budget controls, scheduling, administration, construction inspection, value engineering, quality assurance, creation & maintenance of project records, material testing coordination, shop drawing submittal review and approvals, and RFI’s submittal review and approval.

Angel Moms Memorial – Cochran designed a memorial walk-way at Heartland Park for the Angel Moms organization. They wanted a peaceful experience within the park to enjoy views of the lake and have a quiet moment. The project included design lookouts, memorial pavers, landscaping, waterfall with a feature sculpture, and smaller creeks with additional memorial sculptures throughout. Upon design completion, Cochran assisted in the cost estimate and preparation of Heartland Park’s construction documents completed in 2017.
Walking Trail Connector – In 2018, Cochran completed design of a 10’-wide concrete section of trail (including 2 box culverts) to connect the existing trail to City sidewalks along the roadway and complete a loop around the outer edge of the lake. Plans and specifications were prepared and provided for construction bidding.
Jake’s Field of Dreams – In 2018, Cochran again assisted with the next phase of development of Heartland Park, Jake’s Field of Dreams, a universally inclusive playground that brings kids and adults of all abilities together to play. Cochran proudly provided grading plans, retaining wall design, construction staking, geotechnical and material testing services.

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City of Lebanon Park Upgrades

Client – City of Lebanon Parks Department

Cochran was selected to upgrade various aspects of the City of Lebanon’s park system.  To date, we have planned and designed upgrades to three separate parks in the City. Plus, we have designed new entrance signs for all three parks.

Cochran completed the design of a shelter foundation and a handicapped accessible restroom facility in Edna Atchley Park. The facility included (4) fixtures, along with a family restroom.  We matched the concrete block colors of an existing monument sign.  Maintenance free materials were utilized, with masonry walls and metal roofing.  To help with the budget, park personnel were able to complete some portions of the work.

We have completed two projects for the Boswell Park, which included a new ADA restroom building and relocating a splash pad.  Plus, a Route 66 themed restroom/pavilion, improved parking and drive through the area to allow access by car to the new Route 66 Historical Mural Wall.  There are three sections of the wall with a custom designed fountain in the center that is currently being installed.

We are under construction and expect the completion of major improvements to Nelson Park this Spring.  The improvements include a restroom/concession stand, ballpark relocation, stormwater drainage improvements, new concrete walkways, a new playground, and bleacher stands.  Plus, we are designing the conceptual design for new restroom/concession building to replace the existing restroom for the fourplex softball fields.

Disabled Veteran’s Memorial

Client – Missouri Pathfinders

Cochran designed the Disabled Veteran’s Memorial which is a part of the new Veterans Memorial Park built in the City of Union.  The Missouri Pathfinders is a 501(3)C organization that developed the memorial.  Cochran worked with the committee to develop Community funding packets with renderings, information and cost estimates.

The memorial was designed based on the information gathered from the committee on key elements that needed to be incorporated.  Some of these elements were the pentagon shape, stadium, seating, flags, granite memorial plaques, and branches of the military.

The memorial was completed in the Spring of 2017.

Peruque Valley Park

Client – City of Wentzville Park Department

Located in Western St. Charles County, Wentzville is one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri.  The City’s Parks and Recreation Department provides many opportunities for people of all ages through its 10 parks.  Cochran has enjoyed a long history with the City.  For their newest park, Peruque Valley, Cochran proudly provided value engineering, bidding services, testing, inspection, and construction management services.

Peruque Valley Park is located along South Point Prairie Road adjacent to Peruque Creek. Cochran was employed to analyze the existing design and provide value engineering and bidding services for an estimated $5.5 million-dollar park. Through competitive bidding and multiple bid packages, Cochran was able to assist the City of Wentzville to bid, award and construct the park for approximately $4.5 million dollars while providing a larger air-conditioned and heated concession stand. The park had a mass grading quantity of over 126,000 c.y. of earth to be moved.


The $4.5 million-dollar park is located in a predominate flood plain area and consists of 4 baseball fields, 3 practice fields, heated and cooled concession stand, trail systems and stormwater management features including rain gardens and wet pond systems. The fully heated and cooled concession stand features men’s, women’s and family restrooms, full kitchen, pavilions on three sides and is fully ADA accessible.  Construction completed in 2016.

Future development plans include outdoor classrooms, paved backbone trail, natural trails, picnic shelters, creek overlooks, playgrounds, additional ball fields, lake/boardwalk, adventure areas, and environmental meadows.

Veteran’s Memorial Park

Client – City of Union

The City of Union received a master plan by another design team which came in 3 million dollars over budget. Faced with the thought of not moving forward, the City of Union turned to the Cochran team to evaluate and create a revised approach and master plan design.

This 43-acre park was completed in multiple phases. Phase One consisted of excavation and mass grading for 2 soccer fields, 1 football field, 5 baseball/softball fields, 2 ponds, and various support infrastructure. Cochran provided value engineering savings of approximately $600,000 on the Mass Grading/Master Plan which was completed in July 2013. Stormwater conveyance and management, roadway and parking lot design and layout, construction administration and inspection were also included within Cochran’s scope of services.

The park will be a full-service facility with athletic fields, concession stands, bleachers, restrooms, sprinkler park, walking trails, pavilions, playgrounds, fishing lakes, and assessable docks.

St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds

Client – St. Louis Bridge Company

Cochran was contracted by St. Louis Bridge Company to assist in the St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds project with our land surveying services. The $380 million dollar project is to transform and connect the grounds around the Gateway Arch to make a safer more enjoyable experience when at the monument. The design creates a new park extending over I-44 that will allow visitors to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch Grounds and on to the Mississippi Riverfront, without a curb or stair step in their way. This project is a monumental achievement for the City of St. Louis and will have a lasting impact on the economic, social, environmental, recreational and educational fabric of the entire bi-state metropolitan region.

The scope of the project for Cochran was to provide land surveying services to record the horizontal and vertical As-built location of over 30 retaining walls on the project for the fabrication of railings. In addition, Cochran was contracted to stake out the location of over 250 pedestrian stanchions for pedestrian walkways.

Franklin County Government

East entrance to Franklin County Historical Courthouse in Union, Missouri by Cochran Engineering and Architecture

Client – Franklin County

Cochran was selected to provide civil design, survey, geotechnical, inspection and testing, and construction administration services to the existing Franklin County Courthouse located in Union, Missouri. The historical three-story, 90-foot square building has four similar facades and was built in 1922. This was the county’s fourth courthouse since the county was organized in 1818.

The 27,000 sf building involved renovating and upgrading the historical site for ADA compliance. Part of the Americans with Disabilities Act improvements needed were additional ramps to the main entrance on the east side of the building. The two ramps now provide direct access to the County Judicial Center and County Government Center from the main entrance and keep the focal point on the existing renovated Franklin County Historical Courthouse. The historic courtroom located in the courthouse has been returned to its original condition. The renovation maintained the existing separate entrance doors which keep the separation of clientele to each department.

Franklin County selected Cochran to provide civil and site design, survey, geotechnical, inspection & testing, and construction administration services on the new Franklin County Judicial Center. The 40,000 s.f. County Judicial Center meets ADA requirements and mirrors the design of the administration offices in the County Government Center. The new building now serves as the county courthouse and provides space for two circuit courtrooms, three associate circuit courtrooms, and the associated court support spaces including judge’s chambers, court reporters, court administrators and the clerk of courts. The judicial center is located on the northeast corner of the existing historic courthouse which is the main focus of the city center.

The Franklin County Government Center which is the administrative offices that house commissioner’s chambers, clerks, assessors, collectors, recorder of deeds, planning, and zoning, building department, and other non-judicial county offices. It is a two and a half story building featuring a rotunda that allows clear flow for people and creates a unified county. The building has been designed to accommodate future expansion without interrupting operations.  The County Government Center is located on the Southeast corner and the County Judicial Center is located on the Northeast corner of the County Courthouse. The county is named after Founding Father Benjamin Franklin and a Benjamin Franklin statue sits on the grounds as well.

Audrain County Government

Audrain county courthouse in Mexico, Missouri

Client – Audrain County

Audrain County has been a valued Cochran client for many years.  We have provided civil engineering, land surveying, geotechnical engineering, environmental, testing and inspection, and construction administration on projects, including the two listed below:

Designed in 1950, the Audrain County Courthouse, located in Mexico, Missouri, is more than just a historic building, it is the cornerstone of the community and nerve center of the County government. This renovation project was the first in revitalizing the downtown area.  All renovations were carefully introduced to ensure they aligned with the architect’s vision. Special attention was paid to the three monuments – Lady of Liberty, Audrain County Veterans Memorials and the Exercise Tiger Memorial – which were carefully restored to their original luster.

The Audrain County Jail Expansion consisted of two new dayrooms, an enlarged sally port, numerous interior improvements and extensive site work improvements. The day room additions accommodated 32 new beds for the facility, and the central control room was expanded to provide proper site lines into all day rooms. The sally port was expanded to accommodate multiple vehicles including larger ambulances. The booking and intake area was also  renovated, providing new bullpen areas, padded cells, and an improved booking desk.

Cochran provided surveying services and full civil construction drawings for the $ 5.9M project.  The survey work consisted of a topographic survey of the 15-acre site.  The civil construction drawings included the layout of the parking field and associated drive aisles, and utility infrastructure to serve the two building additions.  The existing gravel parking lot was paved and a new drive and parking lot for the sally port was constructed.