Reshaping Seattle’s Central Waterfront attracts over 1,200 attendees!

Before I steal the City of Seattle’s thunder announcing what firm will take home the grand prize of assuming the lead designer role for reshaping Seattle’s Central Waterfront, I must first say how impressive the turnout was. Over 1,200 people packed the entire main floor of Benaroya Hall and some overflowed onto the second level. Most of all, I’d like to applaud each team that presented their ideas for an impressive display on not only their creativity and obvious hard work, but their commitment and passion as well.

Personally, I was floored by the event! The last couple of years have been distracting over this process in preparing for dismantling the Highway 99 viaduct with the dreaded ‘R’ word, all the hype over ESCALA and 1521’s success selling condos that start at $1 million. For the most part, most of us are familiar with the following video that gives us an idea on what we can expect from the Central Waterfront project:

Well, that video is pretty darn boring now. I really couldn’t be more excited about what incredible changes are going to happen to this city’s urban landscape based on improvements made to our waterfront. In fact, I really have no clue where to begin. After the almost 3.5 hour event, I posted shop right here at my computer and got lost in my words as I tried to organize who said what and what it was they said.

As far as who will play that role of lead design, it doesn’t even need to be said. If you were there, you already know and I truly would hate to spoil the surprise. Nonetheless, this topic cannot effectively be covered in one post. I just feel compelled to share how exciting this is and to get you excited about the information we’ll be posting between now and October 1st (announcement date of official lead design team).

Until then, we’re going to review our notes in more detail, and present each firms concepts to the best of our ability. If you would like to review each overview we publish, we encourage you to sign up by entering your name in email in our sidebar, or subscribe to our rss feed.

Also, we can’t help but to be curious on who you think is going to be chosen. Please select your idea on who should win with the poll on our sidebar.

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Comments

  1. Well hurry up and start writing/bloggin’ about it!

  2. Bonnie Hill says:

    My vote is for the Gustafson Guthrie Nichol team. Although all four groups were professional, articulate, and experienced, the last presentation won me over. GGN all not only has the international experience in cities around the world, but it was clear that they really know Seattle and have the expertise and passion for transforming not only the Seattle waterfront, but the whole city with a very exciting vision. I loved how clearly collaborative they were and how they stressed their willingness to listen to Seattle residents and share models of the project along the way – and the fact that they’re based right here in Seattle. I can’t wait! This city is already wonderful, but these changes are going to make this city stunning!

  3. The Gustafson Guthrie Nichol team did an amazing job. They seemed to know Seattle, inside and out. The members of the team are very passionate about their city.

  4. Rhonda Enright says:

    My vote is for Gustafson Guthrie Nichol team!!!

  5. The James Corner Field Operations team, by and large, exhibited the most energy, excitement and confidence in their presentation. Cheers to all finalist, but there can only be one. I hope it is JCFO.

  6. David Spencer says:

    4 strong teams. I think WRT with their framework plan experience is the ideal team for this project. This is not about just design but about a 50 year vision. The team selected will not be the ones to implement this whole plan. I think that is what people need to remember. The framework is key and I am not sure the other three teams have that type of experience on such a large scale long term implementation project.

  7. We have the chance to use one of the world’s most talented and renowned landscape designers. I hope we seize the chance to have Gustafson Guthrie Nichol share help shape a more beautiful Seattle.

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