ST. PETERSBURG PIER DESIGN PANEL NARROWS LIST OF APPLICANTS FROM NINE TO THREE
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 19, 2011) - A new St. Petersburg Pier moved closer to reality today as a five-member public jury narrowed the list of teams vying to design the new structure from nine to a final three. City Council will be asked to approve their recommendation at the September 8 meeting of City Council.
The three finalists picked by the selection panel include: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), lead designer Bjarke Ingels of New York; Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc., lead designer Michael Maltzan of Los Angeles; and West 8 with Allied Works Architecture, lead designer Adriaan Geuze of New York.
Selecting the three finalists is the latest step in an international design competition that capped off a lengthy community dialogue regarding the replacement of the city's landmark Pier. A budget of $50 million has been earmarked for the project. After soliciting interest from world design teams, 23 expressed interest in competing for the opportunity to design the new Pier. That list was narrowed to nine on July 29.
The jury selected by City Council to evaluate the proposals reflects a diverse range of expertise and perspectives, and includes: Stanley Saitowitz, a South African architect and an architecture professor from University of California, Berkeley; James Moore, PhD, a Tampa-based urban designer and former architecture and design professor at USF; Susan Fainstein, PhD, a Harvard University urban design professor; City Council Member Leslie Curran and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.
Pending Council approval of the short list on September 8, the three finalists will submit design concepts for a new Pier by November 29, and will make presentations December 15 and 16. In early January, the jury will submit its final recommendation to City Council for approval on Feb. 2. For their efforts, each design team will receive a city honorarium of $50,000.
Since its earliest days, a pier has been the centerpiece of St. Petersburg, Florida's downtown waterfront. The current landmark Pier - the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers - opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span, slated for future replacement.