The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic designer BlueCadet, and civil and traffic engineers Sebago Technics.
The design team’s work will include developing a schematic design for the entire Congress Square, in coordination with an artist who will create a concept for public art. The artist selection for the public art commission is still under review; finalists for the public art will be announced in June and those artists will be invited to give a public presentation at the end of July or beginning of August.
Of the 12 submissions received for the design contract, four were selected as finalists for interviews with the selection committee, a site visit, and a public presentation on May 4th.
The four finalist design teams were (in alphabetical order):
CRJA – IBI (Boston, MA)
Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture (Freeport, ME)Terry DeWan & Associates with Olin Studio (Yarmouth, ME and Philadelphia, PA)
WRT (Philadelphia, PA)
Visit the project webpage via the link below for updates and links to information about all finalists.
WRT website: WRTDesign.com.
The Planning & Urban Development Department, in partnership with the Portland Public Art Committee and the Friends of Congress Square Park, released an open call for landscape designers and visual artists in December to create concepts for the Congress Square Redesign project. Responses to the open call were collected until January 28, 2016. Applicants are reviewed by selection committees according to selection criteria which can be found online.
The City currently has funds to develop schematic level concepts for the Congress Square intersection and public artwork. The concepts developed by the winning design team and artist will be used to help raise money to implement the project. The project team anticipates the project, if approved for implementation, will require significant fundraising efforts. The project recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant as well as the Quimby Family Foundation.