Three national companies selected from the former Landing Park design competition Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

City procurement officials selected three national companies on March 18 to bid for a riverside public park design on the former Jacksonville airfield.

The city’s professional services evaluation committee voted 3-0 to select companies to award $ 125,000 each for completing 50% of the design work on a 4.5-acre park for the site at 2 Independent Drive W. , now Riverfront Plaza, to be paid. One of the designs is selected to complete the design.

The agency Landscape + Planning LLC from Cambridge, Massachusetts is working on the first phase of Bay Park in Sarasota.

The companies are:

• Landscape + Planning LLC agency from Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company’s work includes the first phase of the 10-acre Bay Park in Sarasota and the 2015 Downtown Experience plan in Raleigh, North Carolina.

• Olin Partnership Ltd. from Philadelphia. Olin designs a 2 km stretch of river in Alexandria, Virginia, and in 1991 designed the restoration of Bryant Park in New York City.

• Perkins & Will Inc. from Chicago. The company’s operations include historic Emancipation Park in Houston and the Waterfront Botanical Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lori Boyer, CEO of DIA, and Daryl Joseph, director of parks, recreation and communities in the city, received and rated 14 responses to the call for proposals published on January 20.

Olin Partnership Ltd. from Philadelphia works on the riverside of Alexandria, Virginia.

During the award ceremony, the committee members called the design teams “diverse” depending on the portfolio.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the response we’ve received,” said Greg Pease, city procurement director and committee member.

“It was a pretty creative RFP and shipping method. … These are all great answers, fantastic companies and teams that have been put together. No matter where we land, we’re going to have a great concept and a good little design contest here. ”

Boyer said there will be a public meeting on March 26th to provide the companies with location information.

The historic Emancipation Park in Houston belongs to Perkins & Will Inc. from Chicago.

Plans submitted to the city must include a river corridor from Laura Street and public works of art must be an integral part of the design as per RFP qualifications.

The teams must have a landscape architect, a city planner and / or architect and an artist.

During the Prebid meeting on February 4th, Boyer said the selected companies will present their designs in a public workshop in late June to enable community and stakeholder input.

DIA officials want the selected company to complete their design by October 1st. Then the city will offer construction and groundbreaking for the park in early 2022.

Boyer said Feb. 4 that the schedule would allow construction costs to be included in the city’s budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

DIA officials want the public park under construction before private development begins on two blocks that city documents show on the northwest and northeast corners of the property.

The 7.64 acre former landing property includes 1.67 acre public parking lot that will be available for development following the planned demolition of the adjacent driveway to Main Street Bridge.

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