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AIA New York honors New St. Pete Pier design in 2016 award for urban design

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The new St. Pete Pier design concept is being honored by AIA New York in its annual design awards. The design and its parent firm, Rogers Partners, received a Merit Award in Urban Design from the group, also known as the Center for Architecture.

“The New St. Pete Pier will provide year-round activity along the entire length of the new pier and seamlessly integrate with downtown St. Pete’s ongoing renaissance,” Rogers Partners posted on Facebook.

The firm is working locally with ASD Architects in Tampa and a New York-based landscape architect, Ken Smith.

Accirding to its website, AIA New York’s annual design awards recognize outstanding architectural design by its chapter members. Winners can also be New York City-based architects working anywhere in the world as well as those from other places who have work in New York City.

“The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellenc,” the group’s website explains.

Ironically, the honor award for design went to W-Architecture. That’s the firm behind the Destination St. Pete Pier concept that would have re-imagined the now razed inverted pyramid. The firm is recognized for its work on Plaza 33 in New York City.

That firm was chosen by the city to undertake the Pier approach project aimed at working with the new Pier to provide a seamless transition between the Pier and downtown.

The design set to replace the inverted pyramid was known as Pier Park, but after naming rights came into question by another Florida “Pier Park” the name was dropped.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]

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