SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

June 10, 2009 14:15 ET

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to Host Public Presentation of Design Finalists for Pier 11 Project

Mayor Michael A. Nutter Scheduled to Speak

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - On Wednesday June 17, 2009, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Planning Committee will host a public presentation from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Festival Pier on Penn's Landing, located on Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street. This presentation will feature the design consultant finalists recruited through an RFP to prepare an urban design plan for the intersection of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, which includes Piers 9 and 11 and a former Philadelphia Water Department building. Through this project, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation seeks to convert Pier 11 into the first new public space on the waterfront under its revised mandate to create and maintain a vibrant public realm along seven miles of the central Delaware River. This is an important first step in advancing and improving public access along the Delaware River.

"This is another step towards our vision of a green, accessible waterfront that all Philadelphians can enjoy," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "We are committed to an open and transparent planning process for the waterfront and Pier 11. The Pier 11 public presentation by four world-class design finalists is an opportunity for the public to re-imagine the central Delaware waterfront, a vision that will be underway by this time next year."

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and City of Philadelphia generated a Request for Proposal from qualified design consultants to provide design, construction documentation and construction administration services for improvements to Pier 11, located at the foot of Race Street on the central Delaware riverfront. The goal is to develop Pier 11 into a publicly accessible riverfront amenity for residents and tourists. This project will serve as an early implementation of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware.

The winning design team will deliver design and construction documents that will be issued to qualified contractors on a competitive bid basis. The four finalists presenting at the public presentation on June 17, 2009 will be:

    Andropogon Associates                  Field Operations
    10 Shurs Lane                          475 Tenth Avenue, 10th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19127                 New York, NY 10018    

    Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates     W Architecture and Landscape
    16 Court Street, 11th Floor            Architecture
    Brooklyn, NY 11241                     127 W. 25th Street, 12th Floor                 New York, NY 10001

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. DRWC acts as the steward of the Delaware River waterfront to provide a benefit to all of the citizens and visitors of the City.

The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia between Oregon and Allegheny Avenues. DRWC intends to transform the central Delaware River waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia. DRWC will serve as a catalyst for high quality investment in public parks, trails, maritime, residential, retail, hotel and other improvements that create a vibrant amenity, extending Philadelphia to the river's edge.

DRWC is open, transparent and accountable in connection with its operations and activities with respect to the waterfront. Through the judicious use of financing, land acquisition and development capabilities, the Corporation will work cooperatively with city, state and federal agencies to ensure the realization of the City's vision for the central Delaware River.

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