Participation in the Competition is open to all. Where an entry is made by a joint venture, consortium or team of design professionals the Team must be led by a lead designer, who may be an individual, a studio or close collaboration of individuals. Teams must provide evidence of complying with the State of Florida licensing requirements for Professional Architects and Engineers.
The selection process will be conducted according to the Consultant Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA) guidelines of the State of Florida. During this process, once the RFQ has been advertised, communications are not allowed between any potential or actual submitter and the City staff, the Mayor and City Council or the members of the Jury. Potential Teams may submit questions and request clarification or additional information during the Question and Answer Period. All questions by a Team shall be addressed in writing and submitted electronically to the competition email at : PierCompetition@stpete.org
All questions must be submitted in writing and copies of all questions and answers will be posted to the Competition web-site. Questions from the Jury or other City staff to the Team's will also be posted on the competition website FAQ page. The City will endeavor to answer all questions within five (5) working days. Answers to questions will be disseminated electronically to all Teams. Questions shall be asked within specified timeframes set aside for questions.
Disqualification will occur should any Team commit an act that is in conflict with the Competition Regulations. If a Team is disqualified, their stipend is forfeited. The City has final determination on any and all disqualifications arising from the Competition and the City's decision regarding disqualification will be final and not subject to appeal.
Pete Karamatsanis, AIA, President, Lighthouse Advisors, Inc. has over thirty years of experience in the building design and construction industry in a variety of positions. Pete has been a practicing Architect, Chief Administrative Officer for a major architectural firm, and a strategic concept and project design and development Advisor to clients ranging from hospitality, education, retail, corporate, government, cultural/arts and entertainment fields. Over the past ten years, Pete has focused on successfully managing complex projects designed by world-renowned Architects/Designers, for a lengthy list of highly sophisticated clients. His role in the selection, negotiation and administration of the design process has resulted in opportunities for outstanding Architecture.