Ranking of Pier design submittals to be televised live

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On Friday, the jury evaluating the three designs submitted for a new Pier through the recent International Design competition will meet at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall, Room 100, to complete a final ranking of the designs. The meeting will be televised live on StPeteTV and replayed throughout the week.

There’s a number of ways to watch StPeteTV – via Broadcast Channel 35, Bright House Cable Channel 615, Knology Cable Channel 15, or Verizon FiOS Channel 20. StPeteTV is also streamed live on the city’s Web site at www.stpete.org (click the TV icon on the left side of the main menu).

The three proposals submitted can also be reviewed on the city’s Web site at www.stpete.org/PierDesign . The designs were submitted include “the Wave,” by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); “The Lens,” by Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.; and “the Eye,” by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, lead designer Adriaan Geuze.

On Friday, the jury will discuss each design submittal and formulate a final ranking, to be presented to City Council at a workshop on Jan. 26, and the Feb. 2 meeting of City Council.

The jury evaluating the proposals is comprised of: Stanley Saitowitz, a South African architect and an architecture professor from University of California, Berkeley; James Moore, PhD, a Tampa-based urban designer and former architecture and design professor at USF; Susan Fainstein, PhD, a Harvard University urban design professor; City Council Member Leslie Curran and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

Since its earliest days, a pier has been the centerpiece of St. Petersburg, Florida’s downtown waterfront. The current landmark Pier – the seventh in a succession of waterfront piers – opened in 1973 and is nearing the end of its life span and is slated for future eplacement.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.