|International Design Firms Invited to Enter Competition for New St. Petersburg Pier|
|Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00|
Since its earliest days as a growing fishing village on Floridaâ€™s west coast in the late 1800s, a pier has been the centerpiece of St. Petersburg, Floridaâ€™s downtown waterfront. The current landmark Pier â€“ the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers â€“ opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span, slated for future replacement. St. Petersburg is sponsoring an international design competition for a new, iconic Pier structure.
Interested parties must register for the competition by July 8, 2011.
Submission of the Statement of Qualifications will be due on July 19, 2011. A juried panel will select three design teams to be invited to the second phase of the process. During stage two, the three teams will submit a design concept, and each will receive a $50,000 honorarium for participating in the process. It is anticipated that a final plan will be approved and contract negotiations will begin with the accepted team early next year.
Design teams interested in obtaining information on the cityâ€™s request for qualifications must visit the Competition Web site at www.stpete.org/PierDesign. The Web site also provides volumes of background information and public input generated during a community visioning process that preceded the current design competition.
Known as the â€śinverted pyramid,â€ť the St. Petersburg Pier juts a quarter mile from the cityâ€™s downtown entertainment district into Tampa Bay. The current five-story structure includes a rooftop observation platform, restaurants, shops, boating excursions, fishing, bicycle rentals, a Pier Aquarium and more. The current pier replaced the popular â€śMillion Dollar Pier,â€ť (1926 to 1967) which reflected the grand Florida land boom with its Mediterranean-revival casino style building.
St. Petersburg, Floridaâ€™s fourth largest city with more than 250,000 residents, has emerged as a real estate hot spot in the Southeast, has been called one of the southâ€™s best downtowns, and was recently ranked the No. 1 Arts Destination for cities of its size. The city topped a list that also included Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Boulder, Miami and more.
Earlier this year, the world famous Salvador Dali Museum opened its doors on the cityâ€™s downtown waterfront in a $35 million building designed by HOKâ€™s Yann Weymouth, the chief design architect for the Grand Louvre project in Paris. Within the last year, a new Chihuly Collection entered the cityâ€™s arts scene in a stunning space on fashionable Beach Drive, designed by noted architect Alberto Alfonso.
|Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2011 05:27|