Local architects to bid for new St. Pete Pier process

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A coalition of St. Pete-based groups is joining forces to build the city a new pier.

The group, which includes the architectural firms Wannemacher Jensen, Harvard Jolly and Yann Weymouth, will submit one plan under the request for qualification process laid out by the city.

The firms will collaborate on one seamless plan, but are breaking the work up into three areas. Wannemacher Jensen, a firm that worked on “the Lens” design voters rejected last year, will design the uplands area along the pier approach. Harvard Jolly, the firm that designed the existing pier, will be tackling the pier design itself and Yann Weymouth will serve as the design director for the project.

“Our intent is to unite our City by retaining beloved elements of our history while enhancing our future with innovative experiences,” said Weymouth. “We believe that our vision, breadth of knowledge, and committed approach are key to creating a new, authentic and inspired St. Pete experience,” Weymouth said.

Design teams have until Sept. 5 to submit a Statement of Qualification to the city. It’s the first in a two-stage process and won’t include any specific design concepts.

After Sept. 5, the Pier Advisory Council appointed by Mayor Rick Kriseman will choose up to eight teams to move on to the next stage.

Each team will be given a $30,000 stipend to develop concepts for a new or renovated pier within a $46 million budget. Of that, only about $33 million will be available for actual construction.

The city had a $50 million budget, but $4 million was whittled away during the previous design competition that led to the approval of “The Lens” by city council and subsequent squashing of that design by voters.

Here’s a list of projects the firms have contributed to:

  • The St. Petersburg Pier
  • Salvador DalíMuseum
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts Hazel Hough Wing
  • Albert Whitted Airport
  • The SunDial
  • Lights on Tampa
  • Childs Park
  • Walter Fuller Park
  • Tech Data Office Building
  • St. Petersburg College Midtown Center
  • Madeira Beach municipal complex and waterfront park
  • USF Interdisciplinary Sciences Teaching and Research Facility
  • Shorecrest Athletic Center
  • The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
  • St. Petersburg’s Fire Station #8
  • Grand Louvre and Pyramid (Paris)
  • National Gallery of Art East Wing (DC)
  • Coachella Music Festival
  • North Shore Pool Complex
  • Largo Community Center
  • Roberts Recreation Center



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 Patch.com 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]