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Posted: July 2017

Press Release

Have a Beer/Learn About the Pier at Area Breweries this Summer

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 10, 2017) – This summer, visitors to St. Pete Breweries will have an extra reason to order a draft. They can grab a tasty, locally-brewed beer and learn about the new St. Pete Pier.

Organized by the City of St. Petersburg and co-sponsored by Creative Loafing and 97X, St. Pete’s first Pier Beer Night will be on Tuesday, July 11 at 3 Daughters Brewery, 222- 22nd Street S.

At each Pier Beer Night, renderings of the new Pier will be on display and commemorative Pier cups will be given to patrons ordering a Pier beer while supplies last. Anyone wanting to learn details about the Pier firsthand, can sit back, relax and enjoy a beer with one of the Pier architects.

Full Schedule for Pier Beer Summer Series:

  • July 10 – 14, Pier Beer Night – July 11: 3 Daughters Brewing
  • July 17 – 21, Pier Beer Night – July 18: Green Bench Brewing
  • July 24 – 28, Pier Beer Night – July 25: Cycle Brewing
  • July 31 – Aug. 4, Pier Beer Night – Aug. 3: St. Pete Brewing
  • Aug. 7 – 11, Pier Beer Night – Aug. 8: Cage Brewing
  • Aug.14 – 18, Pier Beer Night – Aug. 15: Flying Boat Brewing
  • Aug. 21 – 25, Pier Beer Night – Aug. 22: Pinellas Ale Works

Additional information about the Pier is available at newstpetepier.com.

CONTACT:

Kristin Brett
kristin.brett@stpete.org
727-744-2020


Logan Saltsman
logan.saltsman@stpete.org
727-893-7842


Posted: June 2017

Video Upload

St. Petersburg Pier Groundbreaking


Posted: June 2017

Press Release

St. Petersburg Pier Groundbreaking

pier groundbreaking group photo

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (June 28, 2017) –

On June 28, Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, and City of St. Petersburg leaders, citizens, and members of the Pier design team gathered on the Pier Approach to break ground on the new St. Pete Pier. Approximately 200 people gathered to be part of this historic event.

Said Mayor Kriseman: "Adding to one of our nation's largest publicly owned waterfront park systems is a tribute to our founders and a gift to our future. I was pleased to stand with so many of our citizens and community leaders to break ground on the new St. Petersburg Pier.”

While listening to speakers’ remarks about the new Pier, attendees viewed displays of images of the new Pier and lifestyle images indicating what is to come. The new St. Pete Pier will have activities for every family member to enjoy including waterfront views, fishing, education center, nature observation, play areas, dining and public art.

Speakers included:

  • Mayor Rick Kriseman
  • Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin
  • City Council Chair Darden Rice
  • Chris Ballestra, City Development Manager
  • Vince Lee, Pier Project Designer
  • Steve Urgo, St. Petersburg citizen and supporter of the new St. Pete Pier
  • Betsy Johnson, incoming 9th grader, St. Petersburg High School

Additional information about the Pier is available at newstpetepier.com.

CONTACT:

Benjamin Kirby

benjamin.kirby@stpete.org

727-501-4837


Kristin Brett

kristin.brett@stpete.org

727-744-2020


Posted: June 2017

Press Release

Pier Public Art Committee Recommends Part Two of Echelman Study

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (June 7, 2017) –

On Wednesday, June 7th, The Pier Public Art Committee was presented the first half of a feasibility study from Janet Echelman for a significant suspended sculpture within the Pier District. The study covered schematic design, environmental concerns, and materials.

Initial findings include:

  • Recommended location for this artwork is the end of Spa Beach, on the North side of the Pier Approach.
  • The sculpture can be designed to avoid any impacts to birds, based on initial consultation with experts in the field.
  • The sculpture will be engineered to withstand a 150 mile-per-hour wind event, the state standard.
  • The materials used in the sculpture will not deteriorate or fade. The sculpture is designed to meet the minimum duration of 25 years but will exceed that based on materials.

The committee voted to recommend to Mayor Kriseman that the second phase of the study be commissioned with anticipated completion by mid- summer. If directed by the Mayor to proceed, the second phase of the study will take place, and following this study, the decision will be made whether to proceed with the commission.

CONTACT:

Wayne Atherholt

Cultural Affairs Director

wayne.atherholt@stpete.org

727-551-3250


Laura Bryant

Chair, Pier Public Art Committee

laura@prismyarn.com

727-692-3776


Posted: June 2017

Press Release

City Prepares for New Pier Construction as Guaranteed Maximum Price Phase 1 is Approved

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (June 1, 2017) –

The new St. Petersburg Pier moved another step closer to fruition as the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the first phase of construction was approved at today’s St. Petersburg City Council meeting. The GMP is the not-to-exceed price for the initial phase of construction for the new Pier. This approval is for Phase 1 of the Pier construction. It totals 17.6 million and authorizes Skanska USA Building, Inc. (Skanska) to construct the marine structural work related to The New St. Petersburg Pier Project.

In late 2016, demolition was completed on the former Inverted Pyramid Pier. Final permits for the new Pier District were received this week from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Initial construction, including driving the pilings that will support the Pier structure, and the cast-in-place concrete platform over water, is slated to begin later this month. Phase 2 of construction, for the work above the Pier platform, will commence in the fall of this year.


Posted: May 2017

Press Release

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Permit to Begin Pier Construction

Today the City of St. Petersburg was issued a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the new St. Petersburg Pier. This was the final permit the City needed before construction can begin.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “The ‘New St. Pete Pier’ will be a dynamic extension of our iconic waterfront park system, and is sure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors from throughout the world for generations to come. My thanks to my team, our government partners, and our community for getting us to this point.”

Said City Council Chair Darden Rice: “With this permit in hand, the next stage of important work begins on our new St. Petersburg Pier. This is one of many critical steps to ensure the pier will be built in a sound way compatible with lessened impacts on the bay.  My thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their diligence and work on this permit. Like so many others, I am excited to see construction begin on our pier.”

Said District 6 City Council Member Karl Nurse: “St. Pete has gone through an incredibly long process to build our 4th generation pier. I believe our community will be happy with the new pier and uplands.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the world's largest public engineering, design, and construction management agencies. Although generally associated with dams, canals and flood protection in the United States, the Corps is involved in a wide range of public works throughout the world.

Learn more about them here: http://www.usace.army.mil/

Learn more about the new St. Petersburg Pier here: http://www.newstpetepier.com/

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CONTACT

Mayor Rick Kriseman

Contact: Benjamin J. Kirby, Communications Director

727-893-7882 or 727-501-4837 (cell)

benjamin.kirby@stpete.org

General City Information

Contact: Mayor's Action Center

727-893-7111 or action@stpete.org


Posted: May 2017

Press Release

Economic Impact Study on Pier District Released

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 17, 2017) –

Lambert Advisory (Lambert), an economic advisory service firm contracted by the the City of St. Petersburg, has recently completed an economic and fiscal impact analysis for the new Pier District. The Pier District, which will be starting under-water construction next month, is anticipated to create measurable short-term economic benefits associated with its construction, as well as long-term recurring economic and fiscal benefits resulting from its operations.

Some highlights of the report:

  • Total economic impact directly from the Pier District estimated at $80 million - a complete return on investment in the first year of operation
  • An estimated 365 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs, nearly $17.5 million in total construction wages and over $3.5 million in professional fees during construction
  • Total expenditures for Pier and St. Petersburg estimated at $40 million annually
  • $15 million in annual hotel expenditures
  • 102,000 increase in annual new room nights
  • 1080 additional full-time equivalent Pinellas county jobs
  • Approximately $935,000 in annual bed tax revenue.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “I am thrilled that the new St. Petersburg Pier District will not only be a world-class destination for residents and for visitors from around the world, but that it will also have such a strong economic impact. It will bring jobs as well as millions in revenue from tourism, food and beverage, and bed taxes. Construction on the new pier begins soon, and that means the impact of the $17.5 million in construction wages will be felt soon, too. My thanks to Lambert Advisory, an independent economic advisory firm, for conducting this important study.”

Methodology for this study compared financial impact of other major Piers in the U.S. as well as outside the U.S. It also assessed the economic impact on the local economy of ongoing Pier operations and visits to the park by both local and out-of-area visitors.

The full report is available on the Pier website.

CONTACT:

Alan DeLisle
alan.delisle@stpete.org
727-892-5364

Chris Ballestra
chris.ballestra@stpete.org
727-892-5960


Posted: April 2017

Update

Council Vote

On Thursday, April 20, City Council voted to reallocate $14 million in TIF funds, with up to $10 million in Pier enhancements and $4 million in transportation and parking for consideration by County Commissioners.


Posted: April 2017

Update

Council Approvals

Pier project moves closer to reality with City Council approvals.

Posted: March 2017

Video Upload

St. Pete in Progress with Peter Kageyama focuses on the new St. Petersburg Pier.


Posted: February 2017

Update

Pier Education Advisory Team presents information to City Council on 02/09/2017. (Download Link)

Posted: January 2017

Update

Mayor releases branding reports for the new Pier

Branding reports for the new Pier, including a Brand Book summary and a Brand Book Main Report have been developed by Colliers International, with tremendous input from various Pier stakeholder groups.

Posted: December 2016

Update

Updated renderings of the entire Pier District were presented to City Council on 12/15/16. They are available on the Docs page, titled "Updated Renderings High Resolution (All-In-One PDF)".

Posted: September 2016

Update

Final Pier Design Schematics approved; Pier over water begins construction documents


Posted: 08-02-2016

Media Advisory

UPDATE ON ST. PETERSBURG PIER APPROACH PLANNED ON AUG. 4

Staff report to St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday’s agenda

WHAT: On Thursday, Aug. 4, City staff with support from the design team for the Pier Approach - W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects - will provide information to Council on the Pier Approach.

During the Aug. 4 meeting, Council is expected to vote on the following actions: 

  • Receive the Pier Approach project concepts
  • Release funding to proceed to the Pier Approach’s next phase, schematic design

Council will also be requested to approve the next round of funding for SKANSKA, the Construction company for the Pier District.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 4. The City Council meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. in St. Petersburg. The meeting will be televised live on Bright House channel 641, Verizon channel 20 and WOW channel 15 and streamed at StPete.org (look for the City TV icon on the home page)

WHY: The Pier District encompasses 34 acres along St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Pier District is comprised of two adjacent and concurrent projects: the Pier and the Approach. The City and design teams are actively working to coordinate the two projects to create one seamless experience once the Pier District opens.

The Approach connects the downtown core to the Pier with an active, connected and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues, using the completed Downtown Waterfront Master Plan as a guide. W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen Architects was selected in October 2015 to design the Pier Approach, and the first phase of the design contract was approved in late January 2016.

Information about the new St. Petersburg Pier and the Pier Approach is available at NewStPetePier.com.

Additional information about the new St. Petersburg Pier and the Pier Approach is available at NewStPetePier.com.

IMAGES: The presentation to council and new concept diagrams will be added to NewStPetePier.com/docs.php after the Council meeting.


Posted: August 2016

Update

Council approves Pier Approach Design Team for schematic design


Posted: 06-09-2016

Media Advisory

ST. PETERSBURG CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP ON JUNE 9 FOCUSES ON THE PIER APPROACH

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects to discuss design concepts for the Pier Approach with St. Petersburg City Council during workshop

WHAT: On Thursday, June 9, St. Petersburg City Council members will receive updates from city staff with support from W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects on the Pier Approach. The Approach design team has developed the project concept over the past four months, and this workshop is an opportunity for discussion with City Council on the Approach.

The Approach connects the downtown core to the Pier with an active, connected and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues, using the completed Downtown Waterfront Master Plan as a guide. The project boundaries follow the waterfront from the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel to Pioneer Park and Beach Drive to Spa Beach.

WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2016, approximately 5 p.m. (immediately following the CRA/Council meeting at 3 p.m.)

WHERE: City Hall conference room 100, 175 Fifth St. N. in St. Petersburg
The meeting will be televised live on Bright House channel 641, Verizon channel 20 and WOW channel 15.

WHO: The City of St. Petersburg Council members and the Approach design team – W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects – will meet in a workshop format to discuss the project concept.

WHY: The new St. Petersburg Pier and Pier Approach create the Pier District along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront. W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen Architects were selected in October 2015 to design the Pier Approach, and the first phase of the design contract was approved in late January 2016. Concept completion for the Approach is expected in June/July 2016.

Additional information about the new St. Petersburg Pier and the Pier Approach is available at NewStPetePier.com.

IMAGES: The presentation will be added to NewStPetePier.com/docs.php after the meeting. Please credit W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects with each image use.


Posted: June 2016

Update

Report to City Council on Pier Approach; Pier Education Advisory Team convenes


Posted: May 2016

Update

Pier Public Art Committee Convenes


Posted: 04-07-2016

Press Release

ST. PETERSBURG CITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZES FUNDS FOR ST. PETERSBURG PIER

Today, the St. Petersburg City Council passed resolutions approving both the schematic design and funding for the new St. Petersburg Pier. The votes today authorize city staff and the design team to proceed with the next phases for design and construction for the Pier.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "Today's vote was another important step forward towards a new St. Pete Pier. I thank City Council for their continued support and their confidence in this process."

At the meeting, city staff and the design team for the Pier – ASD/SKY, Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and Ken Smith Workshop – presented a project summary on the Pier to Council and information relating to the two resolutions.

At a City Council Workshop in the afternoon, the Design team for the Pier Approach, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannemacher Jensen Architects presented a project update on the Pier Approach.

About the St. Petersburg Pier District:

The St. Petersburg Pier District encompasses 34 acres along the city’s waterfront. The St. Petersburg waterfront park system is the third largest in North America. The St. Petersburg Pier District is a landmark project in both size and location and will extend the energy of St. Petersburg’s vibrant downtown to its treasured waterfront.

The Pier Project boundaries include the area from Spa Beach moving east over—water to the end of the Pier Head. The Approach connects the Pier to St. Petersburg’s downtown core. Its boundaries follow the waterfront from the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel to Pioneer Park and Beach Drive to Spa Beach.


Posted: 03-17-2016

Update

UPDATED DESIGN RENDERINGS

Updated Design Renderings: City Council reviewed schematic designs for the Pier and received an overview of plans for the entire Pier District on March 17th workshop meeting.


Posted: 03-17-2016

Update

PIER APPROACH WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, March 15, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Wannamacher Jensen, the design team for the Pier Approach, met with the public to share for the first time their initial designs for the Pier Approach. Input from this session, along with feedback from an online survey will go into the team’s considerations as they finalize their designs over the coming months.

If you missed the workshop and would like to offer your thoughts and ideas, please take the survey, which will be available until March 31.

Online Survey


Posted: 02-21-2016

Press Release

COLLIERS ARNOLD SELECTED AS PIER OPERATOR

Following a review of the technical evaluation report prepared by the evaluation committee, and considering the strengths and weaknesses, Mayor Rick Kriseman has decided on the Operator for the new St. Petersburg Pier. The City will now begin negotiations for the City to retain the services of Colliers Arnold Inc. d/b/a Colliers International Tampa. Upon completion of the negotiations, the agreement will be presented to City Council for its approval.

Founded in 1974 in Pinellas County, Colliers Arnold Inc. has a combination of global experience with in-depth knowledge of St. Petersburg. In partnership with Big City Events, the team has strong relationships in the St. Petersburg community, with experience in leisure, entertainment, retail, tourism, sports and events.

Upon making the decision, Mayor Kriseman stated, “I have determined that the proposal presented by Colliers Arnold provides the city the greatest opportunity for successful operation and management of the Pier District.”

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen was selected in October 2015 to provide design and construction oversight services. The ability to integrate the New St. Petersburg Pier and Pier Approach designs into a seamless and functional single project (the Pier District) is a major component of the project.


Posted: 2-5-2016

Video Upload

Meet The Pier Design Team: Hunter Booth


Posted: 1-29-2016

Video Upload

St Pete Pier Update with Mayor Rick Kriseman


Posted: 01-21-2016

Press Release

PIER APPROACH DESIGN TEAM CONTRACT APPROVED

At today’s City Council meeting, the architect and engineering contract with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture for the Pier Approach was approved, enabling the initial design for this next phase of the Pier District to begin. The Pier Approach will connect the downtown core to the Pier with an active, connected and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues.<\p>

The Pier Approach project is adjacent to the new Pier project limits and the downtown core (Beach Drive) is the project’s western boundary.<\p>

The initial phase of the contract was given the go-ahead with $318,030 allocated for initial design services. The entire budget for the Pier Approach is $20 million, which is financed from St. Petersburg’s downtown tax district. <\p>

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen was selected in October 2015 to provide design and construction oversight services. The ability to integrate the New St. Petersburg Pier and Pier Approach designs into a seamless and functional single project (the Pier District) is a major component of the project.


Posted: 01-12-2016

Press Release

Presentations By Potential Pier Operators

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 12, 2016) –Presentations by three companies interested in operating the new St. Petersburg Pier were held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Companies presenting included Colliers Arnold Inc. d/b/a Colliers International Tampa Bay Florida, Global Spectrum, L.P. d/b/a Spectra Venue Management and Skyway One LLC.

The presentations are now posted on the Pier website at www.newstpetepier.com

Following the presentations, the Pier Operator Evaluation committee met to discuss and assess the presentations. Results of the evaluation team analysis will be compiled and submitted to Mayor Kriseman for his consideration. It is anticipated that Mayor Kriseman will offer his direction by mid- February.

Additional information about the new St. Petersburg Pier is available at: www.newstpetepier.com.


Posted: 11-13-2015

Video Upload

St. Pete Pier Demolition Timelapse - Aug. to Nov.


Posted: 11-12-2015

Video Upload

Meet the St. Pete Pier Design Team: John Curran


Posted: 10-30-2015

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Meet the St. Pete Pier Design Team: Rob Rogers


Posted: 10-16-2015

Press Release

Selection Committee Ranks Design Teams For Pier Approach

The Pier Approach Selection Committee rankings for the Pier Approach have been completed.

The Pier Approach Selection Committee met on Friday, October 16 for the purpose of ranking the most qualified design teams for the Pier Approach. The Pier Approach is the area between the new St. Petersburg Pier project limits and the downtown core (Beach Drive and Bayshore Blvd.) that will connect the core to the Pier with an active, connected and coordinated series of facilities and venues.

This ranking was based on several criteria, including: team background and experience, relevant project examples, project approach to include community engagement during the design process, and whether or not the firm or individual is a Minority Business Enterprise. The ability to integrate the New St. Petersburg Pier and Pier Approach designs into a seamless and functional single project (the Pier District) is a major component of the project.

Following public comments, the committee discussed the presentations and deliberated on the ranking. The final ranking of the Design Teams for the Pier Approach by the Selection Committee is as follows:

  1. W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, LLC
  2. Alfonso Architects
  3. ASD Architects

City staff will now present these rankings to City Council for approval at a meeting in the near future to request authorization to negotiate with the highest ranked design team. If approved by Council, city staff will begin negotiations with the highest ranked design team.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “The Sunshine City is getting closer to seeing the new St. Petersburg Pier become a reality. I am pleased we have taken the next important step in developing the new Pier District. I thank the Selection committee for their wok and W Architecture for submitting an excellent proposal.

CONTACT: Mayor’s Office: Ben Kirby, Benjamin.kirby@stpete.org, 727-501-4837 (cell) Or St. Petersburg Pier: Kristin Brett, Kristin.brett@stpete.org, 727-744-2020


Posted: 10-14-2015

Public Meeting

Pier Approach Selection Committee meeting

On Friday, October 16, the Pier Approach Selection Committee meeting will be held at 9 a.m. City Hall, Room 100. Public Comments will be available following the Design Team presentations.


Posted: 10-09-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from Oct 2 - Oct 9 2015

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Posted: 9-25-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from Sept 18 - Sept 25 2015

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Posted: 9-22-2015

SIX DESIGN TEAMS VIE FOR PIER UPLANDS DESIGN.

Six design teams are vying for the $20 million Pier Approach Project that will link the city's new pier to downtown.

The Pier Approach Project includes areas of Bayshore and Beach drives and is envisioned to include a grand entry, pedestrian art promenade, an art bridge, an open-air market and two restaurants. Integration with Pier Park is considered essential.

The two restaurants will include a two-level, approximately 8,000-square-foot casual dining establishment near the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The second restaurant at the southeastern edge of the Pelican parking lot would offer fine dining and also be no more than 8,000 square feet.

A selection committee will narrow the list to the most qualified firms for the Pier Approach on Oct. 6. Contract negotiations are scheduled to take place in November and December. The City Council is being asked to approve a contract in January.

The six teams under consideration are: AECOM, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Civitas, Alfonso Architects, OT9 Design and the Pier Park Design Team of ASD/Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers/ KSLA.


Posted: 9-22-2015

RFP ISSUED FOR PIER PARK RESTAURANT

The City of St. Petersburg has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for qualified parties interested in developing, leasing, and operating a waterfront restaurant to be located in the pier building in the Pier Park, currently under development. Preliminary plans call for Pier Park construction to commence in the fourth quarter of 2016 and completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

The Proposal Submission Due Date is November 5, 2015.


Posted: 9-18-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from Sept 11 - Sept 18 2015

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Posted: 9-11-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from Sept 4 - Sept 11 2015

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Posted: 9-4-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from Aug 28 - Sept 4 2015

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Posted: 9-3-2015

Pier Update

Timelapse from August 19 - 28th 2015

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Posted: 7-9-2015

ST. PETERSBURG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE PIER PARK CONTRACT

Council authorizes city staff to move forward with contracting with Pier Park design team. Earlier today, St. Petersburg City Council approved an architectural and engineering services agreement with the designers of the new pier. During the meeting, $5.2 million was approved which will be spent on finalized design, demolition of the current Pier and approach and initial contracting services.

The schematic design phase is scheduled to take five months and will include feedback from residents. Following the design refinement, the community will be engaged to learn about the concept as the city moves forward on the final design, permitting and ultimately, construction.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "Today, the Sunshine City took the final step in securing the future of the St. Petersburg Pier, and our treasured waterfront, for generations to come. The process we implemented more than a year ago has served our city well. The citizens who participated in our public process, as well as Pier Working Group and Selection Committee Members, are to be commended for their service. Our waterfront park system is the crown jewel of the City of St. Petersburg. I thank the St. Petersburg City Council for sharing that vision and their leadership.”

Statement from ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers We believe that great design engages all disciplines and that the spaces we make are as important as the buildings and forms. We embrace the impact of small things, understand that much of what we do you don't see, and make big things happen by careful attention.

About Pier Park The design of THE PIER PARK embodies the ideals within the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan (DWMP) by creating a park that serves as a destination and by maximizing the City’s connection to the water. The Pier Park design ensures that The Pier experience itself is enjoyable, with program and amenities dispersed along the way in “zones” of activities. Pier Park is a stunning opportunity to enhance the pier’s rich history with educational, ecological and economic vitality.



Posted: 5-7-2015

ST. PETERSBURG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE PIER PARK

Meet The Pier Park

Council authorizes Mayor Kriseman to move forward with contract negotiations for The Pier Park.

On May 7th, St. Petersburg City Council approved The Pier Park design concept. The design concept and team that produced it were given the nod, authorizing Mayor Kriseman to begin contract negotiations with the design team of ASD/Rogers and Partners/KSLA.

Following contract negotiations, which are estimated to take from 45 to 60 days, the community will be engaged to learn more about the concept as the city moves forward on the final design, permitting and ultimately, construction.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "Today, the Sunshine City took a huge leap forward in securing the future of the St. Petersburg Pier, and our treasured waterfront, for generations to come. The process we implemented more than a year ago continues to serve our city well. The citizens who participated in our public process over the last year, as well as Pier Working Group and Selection Committee Members, are to be commended for their service. Our waterfront park system is the crown jewel of the City of St. Petersburg. I thank the St. Petersburg City Council for sharing that vision and their leadership.”

Mike Connors, public works administrator for the city and chairman of the Selection Committee said, "I wish to thank our city council in their support of the selection committee recommendations. St. Petersburg is blessed with involved and passionate constituencies that challenge our government in making decisions considerate of the past and with vision toward our future. Today was a significant demonstration of leadership and progress.”


Posted: 4-23-2015

PIER COMMITTEE SELECTS The Pier Park

The Pier Park Concept

The Pier Selection Committee rankings for the new St. Petersburg Pier have been completed.

The Pier Selection Committee met on Thursday, April 23 for the purpose of ranking three pier design concepts. This ranking was based on several state mandated criteria, including: the design itself, public input, relevant experience, background and qualifications of the design teams and the technical review of the concepts.

After public comments were provided, the committee discussed the concepts, the input they had received, and deliberated on the ranking. The final ranking of the Design Concepts by the Selection Committee is as follows:

  1. The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
  2. Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group
  3. ALMA by Alfonso Architects, inc.

Watch the 6pm Pier Final Selection Committee Meeting

City staff will now present these rankings to City Council for approval at a meeting in the near future.  If approved by Council, city staff will begin negotiations with the first-ranked design team.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "We established a pier process that citizens on every side of this issue agreed would result in a fair and objective decision. I am proud that we have stayed true to that process and that it has been transparent and open to the public throughout. I thank the Selection Committee for their diligence and their hard work. This was not an easy job, but it was a necessary one. The iconic St. Petersburg Pier has often been the source of passionate debate in the Sunshine City, but it is also a source of great pride. I'm looking forward to the day we cut the ribbon on a new St. Petersburg Pier."

Mike Connors, public works administrator for the city and chairman of the Selection Committee said, "I appreciate the work of those on the Selection Committee as well as our city staff who have been dedicated to this process for years. The Selection Committee has chosen a preeminent architect with their associated team who will advance the detail of their iconic concept as we move closer to construction and the symbol of St. Petersburg's next chapter. With this selection we are taking a bold step towards our city's bright future."  


Posted: 4-23-2015

Design Team Responses to Committee Questions

Below are responses to questions The Pier Selection Committee posed to the three shortlisted design teams following the March 20th meeting:

Watch the 3pm Pier Final Selection Committee Meeting


Posted: 4-22-2015

New St. Petersburg Pier Final Selection Committee Meeting

The next Pier Selection Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at 3:00 pm. At this time, the committee will hear the three shortlisted design teams present answers to the committee's clarification questions and ask any follow-up questions. This meeting is open to the public. The committee will reconvene at 6:00 PM for the purpose of hearing public input, conducting their deliberations and ranking the shortlisted design teams. The meetings will be held in Council Chambers.

Please note the following general rules regarding public comments and presentations during public meetings:

Public comments: Limited to three minutes.

Handouts: Fifteen copies to be given to the City Clerk or Recording Secretary one (1) hour prior to the start of the meeting. These will be distributed to each Committee Member and City Administration.

Projected material: Copies of material to be displayed with the digital document camera located adjacent to the speaker’s podium must be submitted to the City Clerk or Recording Secretary one (1) hour prior to the start of the meeting.


Posted: 4-20-2015

Technical Criteria Used by Selection Committee

The chart to the right shows the various criteria that will be utilized by the Pier Selection Committee in making their final ranking of the design concepts.


Posted: 4-1-2015

Next Pier Selection Committee Meeting

The next Pier Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Council Chamber, St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. The committee will listen to the three shortlisted design teams present answers to the committee's requests for clarification and ask any follow up questions. This meeting is open to the public for observance only. The committee will then re-convene at 6 p.m., also in Council Chamber, for the purpose of conducting their deliberations and ranking the shortlisted design teams. The public will be allowed to give their input at this time.


Posted: 4-1-2015

Letter from Mayor Rick Kriseman:
Respect Process of Ranking Pier Finalists

Last May, I stood at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg and outlined our process to build a new pier. I was joined by City Council members, community leaders, members of our citizen-led pier working group and numerous residents who were involved in the initial pier process.

The process they endorsed that day remains unchanged, and it has worked. It provided our working group with a clearer understanding of the publics desired programming at the pier, produced world-class designs from local, national and international firms, and engaged our citizens in unprecedented ways.

One of those ways was through a city-sponsored survey. While Florida law prohibits such a survey from being the sole determinant in selecting a design team, I felt strongly that our residents deserved a seat at the table and an opportunity to weigh in on such an important public project. Nearly 10,000 verified city residents over the age of 18 participated in the survey, and the majority of those residents selected the Destination St. Pete Pier as one of their top choices. The Pier Park was the publics second favorite design, followed by Blue Pier, Discover Bay Life, Alma, rePier and Prospect Pier.

Our selection committee, which consists of six St. Petersburg residents who are experts in the fields of architecture, economic development, engineering, construction, marine science and preservation, met March 20 to review more than 20 qualification-based factors, eliminate several design teams, and rank no fewer than three teams before sending those rankings to our City Council. While two of the publics top three preferences were also two of the selection committee's top preferences, the potential order of those remaining design teams is what sparked protest from several of the same individuals who signed off on this process. The committee stopped short of offering a final ranking and is now requesting additional information from each remaining design team.

This is the process working.

Going forward, I trust the committee will clearly communicate their reasoning behind their selection. The case for the top-ranked design team must be compelling, and I am confident it will be given the time and energy the selection committee has dedicated to this issue.

The pier has been a source of community pride and passionate debate for generations. That won't end when this process concludes or when the ribbon is cut. But my hope is that those so invested in the pier's future won't lose sight of our city's future; that they won't value winning more than moving this important project and our city forward.

I expect those who worked with us to craft this process and who stood with me when we announced it to remain true to their endorsement of it, regardless of the final ranking. I encourage our community to remain engaged with this issue and listen closely to the selection committee's counsel and reasoning behind its final rankings, understanding that their collective expertise and experience is impressive and politically objective.

This important service they render truly serves our city's long-term future in a way that should make us all proud. And, I am certain that any one of the final three design teams, all of whose concepts will be further refined if selected, will come to be regarded as a treasured landmark that helps define the many reasons the sun shines here.


Posted: 3-25-2015

Next Steps:

In a meeting on March 20th, seven Pier Design Concepts were discussed in detail by the Pier Selection Committee. The committee eliminated four designs, leaving three designs for consideration. Additional questions are now being presented to the design teams. Following the teams responses to these questions, the next public meeting of the Selection Committee will be scheduled.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SELECTION PROCESS:

The Pier Selection Committee is evaluating each design based on a set of programmatic recommendations developed by the Pier Working Group following extensive public input in May, 2014.

The city is adhering to a process established by Florida State Law. As part of that process, the mayor appointed a six-member Pier Selection Committee. The committee consists of a diverse, knowledgeable group of individuals, all St. Petersburg residents and that have a vested interest in having a successful outcome for the building of the new St. Pete Pier.

Moving forward, the process included a Request for Qualifications to Architectural and Engineering firms and a Technical Review of the submissions received. A non-binding Public Survey was conducted from February 23 to March 6 to provide an opportunity for the public to weigh in on their preferences.

With the goal of reaching a final recommendation of a design team to the Mayor and City Council, the Selection Committee is relying on criteria including qualifications of the design firms, the independent technical review of each concept, how well key elements/functions are addressed and public input.

What you can do:

  • Study the final three design concepts
  • Make your opinions known to your City Council Members
  • Continue to support the process established by Mayor Kriseman to select the best design for a new Pier to serve our community for decades to come.
  • Continue to visit this website for updated timeline and information.

Posted: 3-20-2015

Pier Selection Committee Meets

The Pier Selection Committee met on Friday, March 20 for the purpose of ranking a minimum of three pier design concepts.

After the committee discussed the merits of the concepts, considered public comment, and deliberated carefully on each ranking, the committee eliminated four of the seven teams.

The three currently unranked design concepts under consideration are:

  • Alma
  • Destination St. Pete Pier
  • The Pier Park

After considerable discussion, the committee agreed that additional technical information from each of the teams is needed.

The next Selection Committee meeting date will be determined and published on the city website and www.newstpetepier.com


Posted: 02-20-2015

Online Public Survey

From 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 to midnight March 6. Choose up to three design concepts, the results will be will used by the Pier Selection Committee for final ranking and selection to Mayor and City Council on March 20.

Public Survey

Posted: 2-13-2015

Presentation Videos

Seven shortlisted design teams presented their concepts to the Pier Selection Committee on February 11 and 12 at The Coliseum. Those presentations are now available in their entirety online.

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Posted: 12-29-2014

Presentations Scheduled

The public is invited as the seven shortlisted design teams for the new city Pier present their concepts to the Pier Selection Committee on February 11 and 12 at The Coliseum. Each team will have fifty minutes to make their presentation followed by a question and answer session by the Selection Committee. The public will have the opportunity to make comments at the close of each day’s presentations.

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Posted: 1-16-2015

Technical Review Complete

The technical review report will be provided to the Pier Selection Committee who will use the findings to assist them with developing the short list of Design Teams and ranking for their recommendation to the Mayor and City Council.

View The Report »

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Posted: 12-15-2014

Concepts Received

The city has received 8 preliminarily design concepts from the teams. 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.

See the Designs »

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