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Pier approach project narrows field of architects to five



A selection committee on Tuesday eliminated one of six design teams competing for the $20 million project to link the city's downtown to the new Pier.

OT9 Design, a small firm from St. Petersburg, did not make the cut.

Among those going on to the next round are the designers of Pier Park, which will continue the city's more than century-old waterfront tradition. The team, ASD, Rogers Partners and Ken Smith Landscape Architect, touts the selection of its Pier Park design as an advantage to being able to fulfill the city's goal of completing both projects in time for "one ribbon-cutting."

What's being referred to as the Pier Approach Project will include areas of Bayshore and Beach drives and feature a grand entry, pedestrian art promenade, an art bridge, an open-air market and two restaurants. 

Also going forward in the quest to design the approach is W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York, which is teaming with local firm Wannemacher Jensen.

Civitas of Denver, which redesigned Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and is working with St. Petersburg's Mesh Architecture, also hopes to win the project.

AECOM, consultant for the recently approved Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, also survived the more than hour-long meeting to whittle down the list of competing teams.

The committee also kept Alfonso Architects of Tampa, which is designing the city's $70 million American Arts and Crafts Movement Museum.

The seven-member committee, made up of city staff and civic leaders, will meet again on Oct. 16 to rank the five remaining design teams. Each will be allowed to make a 20-minute presentation and answer questions about their plans for the project.

Contract negotiations are scheduled to take place in November and December. The City Council is being asked to approve a contract in January.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:42pm]


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