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Jun. 29, 2009 at 8:20pm

TAM Plaza Redesign Shortlist

Six firms considered for $3 million project

The Tacoma Art Museum announced today it has narrowed its shortlist of designers for a $3 million plaza/perimeter redesign down to six firms:

  • BCRA (Tacoma, design team led by David Wright);
  • Design team led by E. Cobb Architects, which includes Alchemie and Arup (Seattle, Vancouver, Sun Valley, worldwide);
  • Johnson Architecture and Planning LLC (Seattle, design team led by Ben Gist);
  • Mithun (Seattle and San Francisco);
  • NBBJ (Seattle and worldwide);
  • Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen & Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture (Seattle).

The museum received 95 submissions, a task force reviewed the applications last week, and the six finalists will be interviewed July 9. A final decision will be made this fall.

More info about the project here and here and here.

Here's friend of the Tacoma Daily Index R.R. Anderson (and I think that's Stowe in the background) doing his own plaza redesign during the "Big Draw" in April . . .

comments [6]  |  posted under Art, Redesign, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 6/29/2009 @ 8:32pm
It is a bummer Boe's design didn't make the cut. Perhaps they didn't take the chalk format seriously.

hopefully somebody from Seattle can fix the ridiculous TAM building.

by intacoma on 6/30/2009 @ 4:51am
I vote bcra

by Dave_L on 7/1/2009 @ 12:28am
As a sub, I've worked with heavy-hitters Mithun and NBBJ, but I'm with intacoma. It always feels good working with the creative folks at Tacoma's own BCRA. And heck, they're practically across the street, so they share a unique and intimate perspective.

by KevinFreitas on 7/1/2009 @ 6:43am
BCRA -- hands down. They've proven their metal time and time again around here so one hopes a Tacoma firm like this would be able to get the bid.

As somewhat of an aside, let's say it's neck and neck for quality and BCRA comes in more expensive than a Seattle firm. What if the city set aside a "go local" fund that could offset any such times public projects like this came up as a way to encourage organizations to use local firms with help from the city making up the difference?

by NineInchNachos on 7/1/2009 @ 8:12am
I'd like to see the design proposals first before death-gripping onto any particular company... one thing is for sure the current TAM plaza obviously inspired by SOLAR OVEN design oven
is a non-starter for urban life.

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/1/2009 @ 5:05pm
Why do we even entertain having 5x more Seattle firms on the short list than Tacoma firms?


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