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Tampa Tribune: Hillsborough River will glow long after this weekend’s lights fest

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Tampa (Feb. 18, 2015) – Through its history, the festival has left behind permanent installations including the colors that flood the bridges crossing the Hillsborough River and the exterior of the Tampa Museum of Art. Riverglow will join the nightly light show that now is a signature of the downtown riverfront.

The 50-by-120 foot installation was created by Wannemacher Jensen Architects of St. Petersburg. It is made up of about 95 lights, in a half-circle-shaped starburst, powered by conduits running along the river bottom 6 to 14 feet below the surface.

“Depending on the tide, the experience and appearance will change due to the amount of water above the lights,” said Jason Jensen of Wannemacher Jensen.

“We wanted to do something that would expose the ecosystem, part of the system that you don’t notice on a regular basis.”

While tests were being run on the installation, crews saw fish as long as three feet swimming among the lights — creating a kind of semi-natural aquarium that the designers hope will serve as a learning experience as well as an artistic attraction.

Videographer Nicole Abbett created this piece of art, a video compilation of the two-day festival of lights:

Video compilation of Lights On Tampa 2015 provided by Nicole Abbett via Vimeo.

Dunedin Fire Station 61

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This new 7,500 sf Fire Station was built adjacent to the site of the existing outdated Fire Station. The site lies within a residential neighborhood and is situated within a City Park.

Program requirements include three apparatus bays plus one additional glass-enclosed half-bay to display the City’s vintage Fire Truck. The office area includes a training room, reception, control center, mechanical and electrical services. The living quarters consist of eight dormitories, individual unisex bathrooms, a fitness room, and a large day room with kitchen and dining. An outdoor patio and grill area provides an extension of the day room. Maintenance free exterior materials, low or no maintenance interior finishes, plenty of natural light and an attractive façade facing the residential street all contribute to this Station’s curb appeal.

Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award.



Lisa Wannemacher Sits With Tampa Bay Business Journal [VIDEO]

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Wannemacher Jensen Architects has completed more than 250 projects in St. Petersburg alone. From North Shore Pool to the Historic Coliseum and the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Courts, any St. Pete resident or visitor has likely seen WJA’s work. Lisa recently sat down with Tampa Bay Business Journal editor Alexis Muellner to talk about the impact she’s had on the community and more.

C1 Bank Opens Headquarters in St. Pete

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C1 Bank relocated its headquarters from Lakewood Ranch to downtown St. Petersburg. The new headquarters has no offices, and is outfitted with interchangeable desks to maximize collaboration, speed of decision making and communication, said Trevor Burgess, C1 Bank CEO. The design, created by Wannemacher Jensen, drew inspiration from the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jet Blue, Google and Facebook.

Read more about the project at the Tampa Business Journal.


Tampa Bay Times: Architects Engineer a Comeback as Construction Revives

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As the economy rebounds and projects put on hold move back into play, Wannemacher Jensen Architects experienced their most successful year yet – increasing staff from 7 to 12 and doubling revenue to more than $3 million.

Principals Lisa Wannemacher and Jason Jensen share the latest with the Tampa Bay Times for this Business section cover. Read the full article HERE.


Largo Community Center Racks Up Awards

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The Largo Community Center is a 30,000+ sq foot, LEED certified building that features three sprung-floor studio rooms, a center-stage ballroom with wooden floors, commercial kitchen, fitness room, art studio, card room, outdoor patio and gazebo, lounge and more.

Designed by Wannemacher Jensen the Community Center won statewide Horizon Award for new municipal utility construction in the $6 million-to-$15 million category.

The Largo Community Center is the first LEED platinum (highest LEED rating) public access building in Florida. In recognition of the certification, two plaques will be mounted in the building.

Within the category that includes commercial and governmental buildings, it is only the sixth award recipient in Florida and only the 410th project in the world to receive this designation.

The city obtained federal government energy conservation grants to acquire a system that generates 17 percent of the building’s electrical needs from the sun.

Read more at Tampa Bay Newspapers.

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