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Kyle Mercer

Art Basel Miami 2017

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WJ is in early concept design for an exhibit for Art Basel Miami 2017. We are investigating, with the use of technology, the redefining of the interstices between Havana, Cuba and Miami, Florida. We are designing two identical rooms, each with a projector, camera, and speakers. One room will be in Cuba and the other will be located within a gallery in Wynwood Wall, Miami. The technology will be installed in each location and synchronized to enable one-to-one scale dialog between the two cities. The exhibit exists to celebrate the rich relational history of the two cities and to celebrate our fascination with technology as a definer of interstices.

 

 

 

 

West Manatee Fire Station opens

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This month Wannemacher Jensen celebrated yet another fire station ribbon cutting (the firm has completed several fire stations, with several more in the queue).

West Manatee Fire Station 1 replaced an outdated fire station, while adding about 2,000 square-feet of space (from 7,696 to 9,500 square-feet).

The project involved the analysis of multiple sites; and the evaluation, design, and replacement of the existing station via the design-build delivery process.

The new facility includes: three apparatus bays, an officers’ office, additional office, reception, laundry room, mechanical room, data room, medical records room, and break room. Living quarters consist of eight dormitories, three bathrooms, a dayroom and a kitchen with pantry and dining. New unique features include fueling on-site and parking for eight additional district vehicles including emergency response trailers.

Last Saturday community leaders and neighbors joined fire officials for a public dedication ceremony and open house with tours, exhibits, and demonstrations.

Information about West Manatee Fire Rescue is available at: WMFR.org.

Further info is available on the West Manatee Firefighters Association Facebook page.

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Pier Upland Project

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The St. Petersburg Pier District will create new experiences between St. Pete’s vibrant downtown and its expansive waterfront park system, the St. Pete Pier, and Tampa Bay

Wannemacher Jensen and partner New York-based W Architecture & Landscape Architecture are in the process of developing designs for the St. Petersburg Pier “Approach” (also known as the Uplands project, or the Pier District).

The Pier Approach connects the downtown core to the new St. Petersburg Pier with an active and seamless art-lined pedestrian promenade, offering flexible event space, waterfront dining, market venues and more. A proposed shaded pedestrian promenade will provide both access to the pier and a venue for pop-up tents.

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The St. Petersburg waterfront park system is the third largest in North America, encompassing 34 acres of city waterfront. The project will repurpose Beach Drive from the Vinoy Hotel to Pioneer Park, with walkable streets and an Anchor art piece centered in a Grand Pier Approach entry.

The approach will include a wide array of circulation options including the downtown looper trolley, the beach trolley, the ferry, and wide/consistent waterfront pathways. Construction is planned to start September 2017 with completion in September 2018.

Learn More:
New St. Pete Pier Updates
Pier Approach Presentation
Bay News 9 Coverage
Pier Approval

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The James Museum coming soon

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Culminating from years of planning, Tom James (Executive Chairman of one of St. Petersburg’s largest and well known publicly traded companies) announced plans about the anticipated $55-million Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art  – opening in 2017.

Wannemacher Jensen is proud to collaborate with Yann Weymouth and Harvard Jolly on this important and generous cultural contribution from Mr. and Mrs. James, to St. Pete’s residents and visitors for generations.

More than five hundred pieces of artwork are coming from the Tom & Mary James/Raymond James Art Collection. The James Museum will encompass the first two floors of downtown St. Pete’s 100 Central Avenue building, covering more than 133,000 square feet of museum space alongside mixed-use, public and retail space – a theater, a cafe, and community event space.

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Mr. James has long supported the prominent and ever-evolving St. Pete arts scene in many ways, including serving as president for the Dali Museum Board of Trustees.

The James is one in a game-changing series of downtown Saint Petersburg renovations and developments in the works, such as the “One” complex across the street, the Central Avenue 400 block, the American Arts and Crafts Movement Museum on the other side of downtown, and the Pier District.

Much more:

James Museum website

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Business Journal

83 Degrees

 

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