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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust completes first phase of design and development competition

A design team including Toronto-based firm architectsAlliance is one of four finalists in the Pittsburgh Cultural District Riverfront Development Project, one of the city’s biggest design/development competitions. The six-acre site is located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s flourishing Cultural District, and the competition is part of the Cultural District’s ongoing transformation from a red light district into a nationally recognized arts and entertainment centre.

As part of an international process, a dozen teams – representing over 100 developers, architects, artists and design professionals from around the United States and several other countries – submitted their qualifications to compete for the creation of the final plan, design and development of the area bounded by Fort Duquesne Boulevard overlooking the Allegheny River, by Penn Avenue, and by Seventh and Ninth Streets.

After conducting extensive evaluations and interviews in Pittsburgh, four awardees were invited to proceed to the final round of the juried competition. The O’Neill/TREK team (Team A) is comprised of: O’Neill Properties Group, King of Prussia, PA, and Trek Development Group, Pittsburgh PA, as co-lead developers with a design team led by Julie Eizenberg, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Santa Monica, CA; Joseph Antunovich Associates, Antunovich Associates, Chicago, IL; Michael Prifti, Bower Lewis Thrower, Philadelphia, PA; and Steven Quick, Perkins Eastman, Pittsburgh, PA. The Richman Group (Team B) is comprised of: The Richman Group Development Corporation, Greenwich, CT, as lead developer with a design team led by Winy Maas, MVRDV, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Thomas Leeser, Lesser Architecture, New York, NY; and Thomas J. Mrozenski, JSA Architects, Pittsburgh, PA. The RiverPARC Development (Team C) is comprised ofConcord Eastridge, Washington, DC, as the lead developer with a design team led by Stefan Behnisch, Benhisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany/Venice, CA; Adrian DiCastri, architectsAlliance, Toronto, Canada; Oliver Schulze, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark; Richard DeYoung, WTW Architects, Pittsburgh, PA. Trammell Crow/Steven Holl (Team D) is comprised of: Trammell Crow Company, Pittsburgh, PA/Dallas, TX, as lead developer, No Walls Productions, Inc. as local co-developer, with a design team led by Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects, New York, NY; Ellen Neises, Field Operations, New York, NY; and Gary Carlough, EDGE Studio, Pittsburgh, PA.

Upon review of the final proposals, the Trust plans to unveil the final proposals in late spring, and will announce the selected team this summer. The Cultural District Riverfront Development, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, may include a mix of residential uses, unique retail spaces, parking facilities, restaurants, pedestrian plazas, parks, public art projects and enhanced connections to the riverfront.

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