A reader wanted to remind us of these foreign-funded mega mosque complex being built in Maryland. Here’s a video tour. It appears to sit in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
The Turkish American Community Center (TACC) currently under construction in Lanham, MD (between I-495/I-95 and Md. Route 193) is a $90 million, multi-use project, built to serve as a community and cultural gathering place. The project consists of five main buildings, an underground parking garage, and a geothermal well field on a 15 acre site. The five buildings, each designed with a unique style, are: a 760 person mosque constructed using 16th century classical Ottoman architecture; a two-story, 19,990 sq.ft Cultural Center Building; a 9,850 sq.ft recreational building; a 43,450 sq.ft traditional Turkish bath, indoor pool, and sports center; and 18,500 sq.ft of guest housing. Much of the campus sits atop a 150,700 sq.ft underground parking garage, providing access to all of the main buildings.As the YouTube video below illuminates, the TACC buildings are framed with a complex array of reinforced concrete elements, including 40-foot wide arches, rigid frames, 210 foot tall minarets, and a massive 80-cubic-yard central dome structure. To create these complicated structures, the project team utilized detailed BIM modeling, unique structural analysis methods, and innovative construction techniques.
In other words, it won’t be brought down easily in times of war.
Do these Americans builders realize how the Turkish president refers to mosques and why he’s building it in such a strategic location?
“The minarets are our bayonets; the domes are our helmets. Mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers. This holy army guards my religion. Almighty, Our journey is our destiny, the end is martyrdom.”
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