The Brighten the Passage judging team met to make a final evaluation of the submissions and rank the first, second and third place winners on Wednesday, May 9.
The issues of agreement amongst the judges became more evident as the conversation and dialogue moved along. Thinking through plusses and minuses of each not only helped to solve the final rankings, but help set the stage for approaches to further design development and implementation. The simplicity of the elements and the adaptability of the design while preserving the submitters’ concepts were important to determining the highest ranked submission. Designs which focused on the pedestrian level experience were high priorities. Other elements in the highest ranked submissions included managing storm water and drainage, incorporating lighted bollards and benches, and the enhancement of pedestrian crossings.
There was concern raised on whether designs would work with likely potential changes to the actual bridge deck design during DOT reconstruction and concerns on how future under-deck bridge inspection would be accomplished. Some proposed structures, while dramatic, did raise concerns regarding engineering and construction costs, maintenance, flammability, weather, etc. Elements that “walled off” adjacent parcels and parking lot raised safety concerns.
In the end, the winning submission focused primarily on the principal goal of brightening the passage, while the runners-up focused more on design and programming ideas.
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