St. Petersburg Pier


The Public Pier of St Petersburg has grown to be an integral part of the city’s public space, its social life and an icon of its civic identity. With its continuous presence over the last many decades it has evolved and transformed from the first pier, to the Million Dollar Pier to the Inverted Pyramid that stands today.
Our challenge has been to imagine a new pier that would appear a seamless continuation of the past into the future – an effortless extension of the public life in to the water – and a natural transition from the pockets of urban life in the city to the public attraction in the open water.

Three part strategy

Paths in the park– A tributary of individuals. We propose to anchor the pier in a multitude of individual events across the pier, the park and the city. From these individual events that can be realized at once or over time a network of paths form a tributary of public life that gradually flows together to form the
pier as the paths flow into the bay. 


The pier is integral to the identity of St Petersburg - a landmark - or rather watermark – that is a point of reference, a common denominator, a gathering point for the people of St Petersburg. And just like the people of St Petersburg will grow and evolve over time. 

Marine Environmental Issues

The project will be designed in a manner that does not involve impacts to seagrasses. The project team will develop an environmental assessment of the project that will be included with the permit application packages. The assessment will include detailed documentation of the existing seagrass beds and a thorough discussion of the various project elements and the avoidance of impacts from such Clear
construction docume nts will be prepared to provide specific approaches for the contractor for the avoidance of impacts to adjacent seagrasses, including secondary impacts from activities such as dewatering, pile driving, barge and other water craft staging and access.

The softening of existing seawalls will be provided by the installation of oyster domes. This approach has documented success within Tampa Bay. Conversations with Tampa Bay Watch have been held to provide an opportunity for public involvement with the City’s showcase project. The project team’s Marine Biologist
will provide a thorough assessment of the habitat potential for the oyster dome as well as careful coordination with the Coastal Engineer to avoid unintended consequences from the placement of the oyster domes.


There are several environmental aspects of the project that will provide possible points towards becoming LEED certified. According to the City’s Resolution No. 2003-382, the project is within the City’s brownfield area and is eligible for Brownfield grants as well as points towards LEED certification.

The stormwater design is envisioned to include collection of runoff from the building, collection into cisterns, and used as irrigation water for the plantings around the building as well as inside the building.
Native, drought tolerant vegetation will be used in all plantings associated with the project.
The use of the demolition material for marine habitat will qualify for points towards LEED certification.

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