23 narrowed to nine
Juried competition names pier design competitors
ST. PETERSBURG – Last week, a jury of community, architecture and design experts narrowed a list of 23 design teams interested in submitting plans for a new landmark pier to nine semi-finalists. The range of design teams hail from cities including London, Tampa, New York and Los Angeles.
The City of St. Petersburg is sponsoring an international design competition for the redesign and replacement of its landmark pier. This competition is to replace the most visible landmark in the history of the city, redefine what it should be, and give it a new identity within the framework of an evolving downtown edge.
An online post for the city stated “An integral part of the competition is developing a vision for the entire pier, from Bay Shore Drive North East on the western end of the pier approach to the end of the Pier Head over Tampa Bay. Inherent in this vision is the ability to conceive a design that is practical and sustainable from both an environmental and fiscal standpoint, affordable within the parameters of the established budget, one which provides flexibility for future uses, and is highly certain of securing complex environmental permitting.”
Registration was required by July 8.
The scope includes diagrammatic planning for the overall project to be accomplished in phases, and specific planning and design for the area over the water to be accomplished within a $45 million budget.
Submissions by multi-disciplinary design teams are envisioned and local participation or collaboration with Tampa Bay area architectural, planning and engineering design firms is encouraged.
This is an international, two-stage design competition.
The first stage was to solicit qualified teams, evaluate their qualifications and select the teams to be invited to the second stage.
The second stage is the design competition submission to select a design concept and team to execute the design. The city has appointed a five member jury to review and judge the submittals at both stages.
The teams invited to participate in Stage 2 will be given more detailed design parameters followed by a two-day briefing and 10 weeks to prepare a vision and concept for the project.
The team must address the requirements of the competition design parameters in sufficient detail to provide insight into the design team’s approach and vision for the St. Petersburg Pier and integration into the city, the ability to meet the project budget, the complexity of environmental permitting, and the technical ability of the team to implement the concept if selected.