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Architect of Ground Zero among big names bidding to design St. Petersburg Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — The architect of New York City's ground zero wants to design the $50 million Pier project.

World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind's firm is one of 16 firms to notify city officials that they are bidding on the design competition portion of the project. They have until 5 p.m. Friday to register for the contest, which will conclude next year.

Libeskind is considered in the top tier of world-class architects. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany and an annex of the Denver Art Museum. In 2003 he won the design competition to design the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

Other big names include Yann Weymouth of the Tampa firm HOK, who designed the Salvador Dali Museum, and James Corner, who designed the second phase of the High Line Park, a revered a green walkway along an abandoned elevated freight railroad running through New York City's old meatpacking district.

While it's supposed to be an international competition, 15 of the firms to respond hailed from the United States: eight from New York, four from Florida, and one each from Atlanta, San Francisco and Pasadena, Calif.

The from overseas comes from an Italian firm.

A five-member jury will help pick the winner. The jurors are Stanley Saitowitz, an architectural professor at the University of California, Berkeley; James Moore, an urban designer; Susan Fainstein, an urban planning professor at Harvard; St. Petersburg City Council member Leslie Curran; and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

Here's what happens next:

July 31: Jury reviews and selects 10 semi-finalists.

Aug. 19: Jury reviews and selects 3 finalists.

Sept. 8: City Council votes to approve the list.

Nov. 29: Design concept submission deadline.

Dec. 15-16: Presentation of design concepts to jury.

Jan. 12: Final jury deliberation and ranking of three finalists.

Feb. 2: Winning design concept presented to City Council for approval.

Architect of Ground Zero among big names bidding to design St. Petersburg Pier 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 3:57pm]
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