Jacksonville, Florida (July 22, 2021) – After a seven-month process, a tremendous amount of public engagement and three outstanding designs, the Perkins&Will design team was named winner of the Riverfront Plaza (FKA The Landing) Design Competition. The City of Jacksonville (COJ) Professional Services Evaluation Committee (PSEC) announced the winner today during its Special PSEC meeting. Perkins&Will scored the highest among the final three teams, followed closely by Agency Landscape + Planning and OLIN, respectfully. Contract negotiation for final design will begin immediately with the park slated to begin construction in about one year.
The Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), on behalf of COJ and PSEC, would like to congratulate all three design teams for their hard work, innovative designs, thoughtful community engagement and creative approaches for the iconic, prized property in Downtown Jacksonville. Each team provided bold, high-quality proposals that paid homage to the importance of this site to the community and illustrated the immense impact a reimagined design would have for Downtown and the Jacksonville community at large.
“I am extremely happy with the turnout of this process and the quality designs it produced,” expressed Lori Boyer, DIA CEO. “Prioritizing the public park space on the site and engaging the public in the design process was of utmost importance from the onset of this effort. I commend all who took the time to provide their valuable insights and congratulate the three design teams for their exceptional work. I look forward to seeing the Perkins&Will vision come to life in what will be a first-class asset for all to enjoy.”
Perkins&Will presented their 50% designs on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, and quickly garnered excitement from the public. The winning design – dubbed One Park Jax – boasts a central lawn, a destination play space, a river terrace, a park pavilion building, a hotel and sky garden, which includes outdoor dining options, a bike and pedestrian connection to the Main Street bridge, and an iconic sculpture situated atop civic stairs that is undeniably unique and authentic to Jacksonville.