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Technology in Architecture: Jason Jensen discusses how WJA uses technology to produce quality design

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President Jason Jensen talks us through some of the firm’s most impactful projects and discusses our role as architects in the greater Florida community. Thank you to Network People, Inc. for producing this video, and for providing us with the technology we need to provide our clients with high-quality, collaborative design in today’s fast-paced project environment.

 

Jason Jensen Featured in Catalyze 2021

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WJA President Jason Jensen, AIA, LEED AP, was featured on St. Pete Catalyst with an inspiring message for 2021.

“This past year was a divisive and isolating year but it also illustrated that we are truly stronger together if we engage each other, promote each other, and look for opportunities to lift each other up. I think St. Pete embodies that action. We didn’t just get caught up in the national narrative but we looked for opportunities to help each others locally and for solutions on how to move forward in the St. Pete way.”

You can read the full article at: stpetecatalyst.com

Lisa Wannemacher – August AIA Spotlight Leader

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Do the things in life that make you happy, love the person who makes you laugh, and practice architecture in a way that makes you proud.” Inspiration from Lisa Wannemacher, founding principal of WJA, is highlighted as this month’s AIA Tampa Bay August Spotlight. Lisa serves as a role model for many young professionals in our field and we are proud to carry her legacy in our day-to-day work. Click the link below to read Lisa’s full interview with AIA Tampa Bay.

Lisa’s AIA Feature

 

Lindsay Evans – July AIA Spotlight Leader

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Congratulations to WJA’s Project Architect and Operations Manager Lindsay Evans, AIA on her feature as The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay’s July Spotlight Leader. We couldn’t be more proud to have Lindsay on our team as a talented project manager, designer, and mentor. Great job, Lindsay! To read more about Lindsay’s career in architecture, visit the link below for the AIA feature.

Lindsay’s AIA Feature

St. Pete Pier Grand Opening

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WJA is proud to invest in the local community with the design of the new St. Pete Pier Approach and Doc Ford’s restaurant. After 5 years of design and collaboration, the site is officially opening to the public. WJA collaborated with W Architects and Landscape to bring this pedestrian-oriented park which includes an artisan Market, a family oriented park, playground, public art, restaurant and endless lines of waterfront edges, to life.  You can read more about this exciting project and the teams involved in the link below.

Tampa Bay Times Article

To see final photos and learn more about this project wjarc.com/projects/st-petepierapproach/

 

Wannemacher Jensen unanimously selected for the City of Treasure Island’s new City Hall

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The City of Treasure Island Commissioners unanimously voted to award the design services to Wannemacher Jensen Architects on May 5th. You can read more about this exciting project, and hear what Principal Jason Jensen had to say about it, on the Tampa Bay Newspapers website below.

TB Weekly

The former Allied Building at 10451 Gulf Blvd. will be Treasure Island’s new City Hall and Community Room. Above depicts a rendering of how the building could look with some colorful additions.

WJA wins two 2019 AIA Tampa Bay Awards

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On Thursday, November 7th, Wannemacher Jensen Architects received two Merit Awards for Architecture. Fire Station #7 received a Merit Award for Architecture in the Institutional Category and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum received a Merit Award for Architecture in the Un-Built Institutional/Commercial Category.

The projects can be found here:

Fire Station #7

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Shortlisted Designs for the onePulse International Design Competition

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This month, the team of Heneghan Peng Architects, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Gustafson Porter+Bowman, Sven Anderson, Pentagram, and Bartenback LichtLabor will compete as one of the six shortlisted concepts for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum. The designs will be on display at the Orange County Regional History Center where people can view and comment on the schemes, helping the jury choose the winning proposal, to be announced on October 30.

More info can be found here:

onePulse Foundation

Archdaily

 

Next up for St. Pete’s Woodson Museum? Big vision for what can be…

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In a recent article, 83 Degrees featured St Pete’s Woodson Museum, a concept and vision of what the Museum could be. Janan Talafer writes:

To begin the process of envisioning The Woodson’s future, earlier this year the city hired St. Petersburg-based Wannemacher Jensen Architects and Mario Gooden, principal of New York-based Huff & Gooden Architects.

Both firms come with big credentials. Huff & Gooden is the lead design firm for the $67 million renovations and expansion of the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Wannemacher Jensen collaborated with Harvard Jolly Architecture and Yann Weymouth to create the new downtown St. Petersburg James Museum.

In June, the architectural team briefed St. Petersburg City Council on preliminary design plans, which include enlarging the museum as a two-story building with a rooftop garden terrace overlooking the legacy garden.

As part of the design process, the team also hosted a one-day symposium at the historic Manhattan Casino with a panel of local and national scholars, including Gooden; Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture; and Gwendolyn Reese, local historian, prominent speaker and president of St. Petersburg’s African-American Heritage Trail. The discussion centered on the role of African-American history museums and soliciting community input about the Woodson’s future.

Jason Jensen, the lead architect on the project with Mario Gooden, says it’s important not to see The Woodson only for what it is today, but to hold a vision of what it can represent in the future.

“It’s a conversation about how the museum can have the greatest positive effect on the community from an urban, cultural, and historical perspective,” says Jensen.

He also says it’s important to not only “tell the story of the African-American community’s history and its resilience but to explore art in all its mediums, including dance and music.”

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