WJA’s team selected to design St. Petersburg waterfront project

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ST. PETERSBURG — Two architectural firms that lost a bid to design the city’s new pier have won the $20 million project that will link the waterfront landmark to the booming downtown.

The team of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York and St. Petersburg’s Wannemacher Jensen beat out four others vying to design what is envisioned as a sweeping gateway to complement the new pier.

The Pier Approach Project, as it is being called, will encompass areas of Bayshore Boulevard and Beach Drive and is expected to include elements such as a grand entry, pedestrian art promenade, an art bridge, an open-air market and two restaurants.

“I’m ecstatic to help make a better community and to have a role in the final, visible outcome,” Jensen said Friday.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times here.

New Recreational Complex Coming to the City of Doral

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A new recreational complex which will provide the city of Doral with a 35,000 sf recreational building, community park, and sports recreation facilities. Community gardens, playgrounds, a large splash pad, civic lawn, band shell, shelters and a nature walk are among the many components that will provide the community with a safe and active environment for all ages.

The park, which is divided into two unequal areas by a city street, is one of the site’s most challenging conditions. A covered pedestrian bridge was designed as an active and passive strategy to take advantage of this potential issue. The bridge extends from the recreational building and provides a safe passage above a busy city avenue. It also doubles as a city gateway that defines the northern boundary of the city.


Bay News 9: New St. Pete Business Aims to Send People Up the Wall

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Named one of the top 10 coolest climbing Gyms in the world. The interior of an existing warehouse was transformed into a world-class climbing facility complete with three types of climbing and over 100 routes. Storage units were used for support spaces and an additional story was dug underground to provide 30+ foot walls.

Read More HERE at Bay News 9 or HERE at the Tampa Tribune.

WJA works with nonprofit CASA to triple capacity

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 6, 2015)—On June 30, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) celebrated the opening of its latest project – a new domestic violence shelter for St. Petersburg nonprofit CASA.

The $12 million project – Victoria Place – triples capacity to provide emergency housing and services to families escaping violence. (CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse – provides a safe haven for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Learn more about CASA here.)

“We worked closely with CASA to help design a holistic atmosphere: One focus was to create a safe environment – not just one that is safe but that also really feels safe,” said WJA’s Tara Wood. “Privacy is another focus, while also creating opportunities for social interaction, collaboration, and camaraderie.”

Read more about the project here.


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.

Coopers Point Observation Tower designed as part of nature

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Zoom-in-with-Weedon-copy-1024x791Between Bayshore Blvd. and Tampa Bay lies Coopers Point Bayou Park. Home to a kayak launch, mangroves, paved walking trails and a lake, many consider it an oasis in Safety Harbor just outside bustling downtown Tampa.

As part of the long term master plan to make Cooper’s Point peninsula more accessible, Wannamacher Jensen Architects designed a new observation tower to provide access to nature.

The tower will become one with the landscape while providing views of Tampa Bay, Cooper’s Bayou, as well as the preserve area.  Through the use of a porous skin cladding, the tower has the ability to provide shade and shadow from the intensity of the Florida sun, while creating spaces for birding, relaxation, and education.





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