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Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition Press Conference

The City and RIDOT today announced a design competition for the new Providence River Pedestrian Bridge which will replace the old Route 195. The schedule for the competion is quite aggresive, Requests for Qualifications are due by September 17th, finalists who will be invited to submit designs will be notified September 24th, and their designs will be due on October 29th.

When the designs are recieved they will go on display at City Hall for public input and then a jury will select the winning design at the end of November. RIDOT estimates it will take 18 months to transfer the winning design into engineering drawings and prepare for construction. All said, the new bridge should be well underway during 2013, which is the year the Iway project officially wraps up. If all goes according to plan, the bridge should be being built at the same time as the streetgrid is being rebuilt and the parks are being built on either bank of the river.

RIDOT Director Michael Lewis also announced that Bids for the removal of the old route 195 were being accepted starting this morning. The winning bid should be award this fall with demolition getting underway next year (I assume around March, start of construction season, as always, weather dependent).


Request for Qualifications
As part of the first phase of the design selection process, the City has issued a Request for Qualifications [.pdf] (RFQ). Interested parties are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, firm profile, a relevant and current project portfolio and appropriate references for review by the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition Selection Committee. The informational package should be limited to 10 pages.

Submission deadline
The qualifications package should be submitted electronically via email to planning@providenceri.com by September 17 at 4pm EST. Email submittals must have “Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition” in the subject line. Firms may also mail or hand deliver a CD to the Department of Planning and Development at 400 Westminster Street, Providence.

Upon review, the Selection Committee, comprised of local architects, neighborhood residents, representatives from local universities, business owners and RIDOT and City staff, will invite up to 10 finalists to submit bridge designs. The finalists selected to participate in the competition will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Design philosophy and approach to design
  • Experience of key personnel
  • Prior design experience with pedestrian bridge projects of similar scale and complexity
  • Articulated understanding of the functional and operational needs of the proposed bridge
  • Commitment to developing a proposed bridge design within the timeframes and constraints outlined in the RFQ

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7 Responses to Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition Press Conference

  1. Andrew September 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks for the video!

  2. Jef Nickerson September 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Update from the city on the Pedestrian Bridge design competition:


    Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition Sparks Interest from Around the World

    Selection committee begins reviewing credentials of local firms and companies from as far away as Spain and China

    The next step in the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition is well underway as architectural firms from around the world position themselves to compete for the top bridge design. Mayor David N. Cicilline announced that approximately 47 firms have responded to the City’s request for qualifications, including 12 local firms and companies from around the world including Spain, France, Sweden, England and China.

    The Mayor kicked off the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition September 10th inviting firms to play an important role in linking pedestrians and cyclists from Fox Point and College Hill to the City’s new waterfront parks, the Knowledge District and downtown. “The fact that the Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition has generated so much interest from a variety of architectural firms bodes well for this project,” said Mayor Cicilline.

    The Pedestrian Bridge Design Committee, comprised of local architects, neighborhood residents, representatives from local universities, business owners, RIDOT and the City, will review the firms’ qualifications and invite up to 10 finalists to submit bridge designs.

    The firms will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

    • Design philosophy and approach to design
    • Experience of key personnel
    • Prior design experience with pedestrian bridge projects of similar scale and complexity
    • Articulated understanding of the functional and operational needs of the proposed bridge
    • Commitment to developing a proposed bridge design within the timeframes and constraints outlined in the Request For Qualifications (RFQ)
    • Public input encouraged

    Once the finalists present their design proposals, which must be submitted to the Department of Planning & Development by Friday, October 29th, the public will also have an opportunity to review and comment on the designs, which will be on display in City Hall the first week of November. The Committee will take the public’s comments into consideration when selecting the winning design.

    Mayor Cicilline will announce the winning design the last week in November. RIDOT will use the design to construct the pedestrian bridge on the granite piers of the old I-195 bridge, which will be dismantled as part of the highway relocation project. The pedestrian bridge is slated for completion in 2013.

    Click here for a complete list of firms that submitted their qualifications for the bridge design competition.


    And here’s that list of firms:


    Firms who have submitted qualifications for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition

    1. Structures Workshop, Inc – Providence, RI
    2. REX – New York, NY
    3. Tsinghua University, School of Architecture- Beijing, China
    4. Howard Meehan – New Mexico
    5. Christopher McMahon – Providence, RI
    6. La Dallman – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    7. Grimshaw Architects – New York, NY
    8. In Form Studio – Detroit, Michigan
    9. Endres Ware – Berkeley, California
    10. TEC-CUATRO S.A. – Barcelona, Spain
    11. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – New York, NY
    12. Explorations architecture -Paris, France
    13. Erik Anderson Architects – Stockholm, Sweden
    14. Carol Johnson, George Burman – Boston, MA
    15. Mark Rapp Architect, LLC – Little Compton, RI
    16. Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. – Providence, RI
    17. RGB- Providence, RI
    18. Grey, Dewhurst, MacFarlene, Brooklyn, NY
    19. H2L2 Architects/ Planners, LLC – Philadelphia, PA
    20. Nutt, Redfield & Valentine – California
    21. McDowell + Benedetti – London
    22. Fournier: arquitectura csp – San Juan, PR
    23. Rosales + Partners – Boston, MA
    24. W Architecture + Landscape Architecture LLC – New York, NY
    25. SsD Architecture – New York, NY
    26. Studio Providence, LLC – Providence, RI
    27. !Melk – New York, NY
    28. William Warner Architects, RI
    29. Maia Small – Pawtucket, RI
    30. Lawrie + Associates, LLC – Alexandria, VA
    31. Copley, Wolfe Design Group – Boston, MA
    32. FIGG – Tallahassee, FL
    33. Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City, CA
    34. Gates, Leighton & Associates – East Providence, RI
    35. Veri/Waterman Associates – Providence, RI
    36. SMMA – Cambridge, MA
    37. Frederic Schwartz Architects – New York, NY
    38. Johnson Architecture + Planning, LLC – Seattle, WA
    39. Office dA – Boston, MA
    40. Litman Architecture – Warren, RI
    41. Gray Organschi Architecture – New Haven, CT
    42. RFR – Paris, France
    43. Charles Rose Architects, Inc – Somerville, MA
    44. Windhorst Gorski Architects, LLC – Chicago, IL
    45. WHY Architecture + Urban Design – New York, NY
    46. WXY Architecture and Urban Design – New York, NY
    47. William Kite Architects – Providence

    Heavens to Betsy that’s a lot of firms!

  3. Andrew September 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    This is a great list. Let’s hope City Planning can make good choices beyond the firms we can all expect to make the list of 10. In particular, I’d root for out of towners like REX, Eric Owen Moss, and Office dA, and locals like Structures Workshop, Studio Providence, and Maia Small.

  4. Jef Nickerson September 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    The city has announced the finalist who have been invited to submit designs for the new Providence River Pedestrian Bridge:

    City announces finalists in the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition

    The City of Providence is pleased to announce the following eleven design teams as the finalists for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Design Competition. The design teams were selected from 47 highly qualified firms from across the United States and several countries around the world. The eleven design teams will each be invited to submit a single design for the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge. The designs will be presented to the public in early November and will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. A final winner will be announced by Mayor Cicilline in early December.

    • !melk (New York, NY) /Balmond Studio/Robert Silman Associates
    • Endres Ware (Berkeley, CA)
    • H2L2(Philadelphia, PA) /Arup
    • inFORM studio/Buro Happold (New York, NY)
    • La Dallman Architects (Milwaukee, WI)
    • McDowell + Benedetti Architects LLP (London, England)
    • RFR (Paris, France)
    • Rosales + Partners (Boston, MA) /Schlaich Bergermann and Partner
    • Studio Providence, LLC (Providence, RI)
    • William D. Warner Architects and Planners, Ltd. (Exeter, RI)
    • WXY architecture + urban design (New York, NY)

    Sometime in November (if not sooner) the designs should be available for public viewing and comment at City Hall.

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