SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA USA (December 12, 2014) – St. Petersburg’s world famous Pier has always been a landmark for the city and a gathering place for its citizens. Since 1989, several piers have graced St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, including the instantly recognized inverted pyramid that opened its doors in 1973. As the city’s structure reaches the end of its useful life, the city eagerly awaits its eighth pier as a selection process unfolds.
On Monday, December 15, the City of St. Petersburg unveiled eagerly awaited design concepts for the new city Pier. They were submitted by eight design teams shortlisted from 16 initial firms that had responded to the City’s RFQ. This follows six years of discussions and the selection and then rejection of a new pier design in 2011. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group, and work in concert with the Waterfront Master Plan.
The concepts incorporate a variety of features, such as a waterfall, lagoons, and terraces. Of the eight submissions, six utilize the current inverted pyramid structure, while the others propose an entirely new shape for the city’s landmark.
The concepts will undergo a technical review to reveal any issues with cost, construction or permitting. The public will then be invited to see the designs, hear from the design teams, and take a non-binding public survey, results of which will go to the Pier Selection Committee. The committee will then make it’s recommendation to the Mayor and City Council in March, 2015.
It’s expected that a contract will be complete by late May, with groundbreaking in the fall of 2015.
Images of the designs, brief descriptions and additional background information are available by going to www.newstpetepier.com website and downloading the images and information.
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About the Pier Selection Process :
Next steps include a technical review, that may eliminate any concepts that have unrealistic cost estimates and/or any insurmountable permitting or construction issues. A public survey will take place in late February/early March, followed by a ranking by the Selection Committee, who will then make their recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.
January 16 – Technical analysis completed, including review of any permitting issues, operating cost review, construction concerns
January 23 – Selection Committee meeting (potential shortlist)
January 23 – February 23 – Public information/outreach
February 11 & 12 – Public presentations by finalists (Coliseum)
February 23 – March 6 – Public survey period (online)
Early to mid-March – Survey outcome
March 20 – Final selection and ranking by Selection Committee
April 2 – City Council approval of ranking by Selection Committee
Mid to late May – Final contract approved