Perkins & Will wins park design where Jacksonville Landing was located
A sparkling 151-foot-tall piece of public art helped Perkins & Will score the highest score in a design competition for Riverfront Plaza, a new downtown park that will go where Jacksonville Landing was demolished by the Riverfront. river.
The city’s Professional Services Review Committee counted the scores of its members on Thursday and chose Perkins & Will for its vision featuring the curved tubular artwork rising above other features such as a large central lawn, a children’s play area, a patio in the sky, an outdoor garden and a ramp for walking and biking to the nearby Main Street Bridge.
Outdoor art in particular has garnered “a huge amount of public comment” with varying reactions, but “love it or hate it”, the design has certainly sparked interest and will keep people checking it out afterwards. its establishment, said Lori, CEO of Downtown Investment Authority. Boyer.
“It really indicates his iconic nature in the sense that you see him, you know he’s there, people are talking about it,” she said at the committee meeting.
Building the entire park design and public art could cost up to $ 30 million, based on estimates previously presented by the company.
Boyer said after the meeting that the new park can create the same kind of pulling power that Jacksonville Landing once commanded in its heyday.
“For me, it becomes the symbol of downtown and it becomes the gathering place for everyone,” said Boyer. “Once upon a time there was the Landing in the 1980s, just after it was built. I think it gives him the opportunity to become that again “and last” for generations. “
The rating came after three nationally recognized companies presented their visions at a one-day meeting last month that showed how they would apply a Jacksonville-inspired design to a property located in the center of downtown and that has been shown countless times on national television.
The park will also fit into the ongoing work of the DIA and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to make the riverside an attraction that draws people downtown for fun and recreation.
“Parks connect people to each other, and Riverfront Plaza will connect the community to the St. Johns River in a meaningful and heartfelt way,” said Daryl Joseph, Director of the Parks Department.
Other nominees were Agency Landscape + Planning, based in Cambridge, Mass., And Olin Partnership of Philadelphia. Perkins & Will has studios in cities across the country.
Boyer said all three teams scored consistently on many criteria and it was the public art proposed by Perkins & Will that put it above.
Perkins & Will titled its presentation “A Jacksonville Park for All” and estimated the estimated cost to the park at $ 12 million when it presented on June 24.
Stainless steel sculpture to be part of the design
Perkins & Will also showcased a huge stainless steel structure designed by Jefre, who is based in Orlando and has gained a reputation for outsized outdoor art.
Jefre said Jacksonville art would be made of structural stainless steel that curves and rises in a way that reflects “the history and symbolic relationship” between the St. Johns River and Jacksonville.
Perkins & Will estimated that the cost of the art would be $ 11.5 million or $ 18 million, depending on whether the stainless steel has a “brushed” finish or the more expensive “mirror polish”. This would bring the total cost of the park and sculpture to $ 23.5 million to $ 30 million.
The cost of $ 30 million was the highest of any design offered by the three teams.
Those less impressed with the public artwork said it looked like the shape of a balloon someone would see at a children’s party, while others used words such that “amazing” and “world class” to describe the visual impact.
Boyer said she liked the reflective chrome that would allow people to see themselves when looking at it and taking photos, which she said many cities use in their art installations.
The members of the city’s professional services evaluation committee for the design competition were Boyer, Joseph, Procurement Manager Greg Pease, Deputy General Counsel David Migut and City Finance Officer Paul Barrett .
The next step will be to negotiate a contract with Perkins & Will so that he can complete the design. Boyer said the final stage of the design could take a year and then the project could move on to construction.
“This new world-class park will reflect the culture, diversity and vitality of the city of Jacksonville,” said Christopher Counts, design director for landscape architect Perkins & Will. “It will become part of the city’s public consciousness and a source of civic pride. “
The park would occupy most of the grassy space where the landing stage once stood, but there would still be room for two buildings further away from the river. These buildings would be separated so that Laura Street would have a continuous view corridor down to the river from the downtown core. The D-Day had blocked this view.
The State Department of Transportation is demolition of the access ramp between Independent Drive and the Main Street Bridge, opening up more space for redevelopment. Boyer said this corner of the property might be a good fit for a hotel based on the proposals put forward by the design teams.
The other rear corner of the property could have a lower building. All of the design proposals envisioned restaurants on the ground floor in buildings.
The design of the park by Perkins & Will shows a new ramp from the Main Street Bridge for walkers, runners and cyclists, connecting them directly to the park on their treks through the downtown area.