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Lead Designer selected for new Seattle Central Waterfront

The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced that james corner field operations has been selected to design Seattle’s new Central Waterfront.

Parks, DPD and SDOT went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm.  The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.

Selected from the final field of four internationally renowned firms, the award-winning james corner field operations is known for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.

Central Waterfront Project - design presentations from shortlisted teams

On September 15, the City of Seattle invited the public to a free event sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation to hear from and ask questions of the four finalists for the role of lead designer for Seattle’s Central Waterfront. The four finalists teams who presented were led by:

Links to each team’s presentation are to the right.  The Central Waterfront project will create more than 9 acres of new public space in the heart of our City – reconnecting Seattle to Elliott Bay after the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. At the event, the four finalists showcased their skills, experience and approach to this landmark project. The winning designer will be selected in part on the strength of their presentation and their response to questions from the public.  An announcement on the winning design team will be made the week of September 20.

Watch the presentations here:


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Wallace, Roberts & Todd
james corner field operations
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol




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