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    AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards 2016
Rogers Partners
What makes the 1,380-foot-long trip to the end of the pier worth it? The entire pier must be the destination, with program and amenities dispersed along the way. This transformation begins with integration into the city’s transportation and recreation system (bike paths, jogging trails, parking locations and public transit), as well as the overlay of new transport options, like a trolley or tram, connecting downtown to program both on the pier and the pier head. When you get to the pier, there will be no roads. This multi-modal quality is also multi-experiential - visitors come on their bikes, walk in through the coastal thicket, or use the Looper Trolley.

At The New St. Pete Pier, a variety of spaces enable active and passive connections to the bay: the one-acre coastal thicket provides a boardwalk path for exploring; a wet classroom presents educational opportunities directly in the bay; there is a water lounge for relaxing, and a framework has been designed to support aquatic sports. Additionally, lawn spaces offer viewing and passive recreation areas, as well as places for dining, and small and large events. Renewable coastal resources in the area are designed to be enhanced through the development of a living breakwater and naturalized shore edge that will work to foster the growth of seagrasses and other marine ecologies.

The economic sustainability of The New St. Pete Pier over time is a long-term goal. Our design provides for public amenities that both activate the space and generate needed revenues. Both as a planning goal and as an operating principle, the spaces at the park encourage adaptation to future improvements to encourage local residents to return for multiple visits. The New St. Pete Pier is designed as a great urban park, with solutions that address social, environmental, and economic issues simultaneously.