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Design Competition for a New St. Petersburg Pier
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM.


A pier has been the centerpiece of the St. Petersburg, Fla. downtown waterfront since its earliest days as a growing fishing village on Florida’s west coast in the late 1800s. The current structure, the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers, opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span. St. Petersburg is sponsoring an international design competition for a new, iconic pier structure to take its place.


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 city’s request for qualifications must visit the Competition Web site at 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 “inverted pyramid,” the St. Petersburg Pier juts a quarter mile from the city’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 “Million Dollar Pier,” (1926 to 1967) which reflected the grand Florida land boom with its Mediterranean-revival casino style building.

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