ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The St. Pete Pier has been named one of 10 winners of the Urban Land Institute’s 2022 Americas Awards for Excellence, which honor the best urban design projects.
The pier was the only design in the southeastern United States to win the award, according to a city press release.
“What better way to celebrate (two) years of St. Pete’s Pier than with international recognition…as the highest award, from the highest organization, for South, Central and North America “We don’t stop there! We are now in the running for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence,” according to the destination’s Facebook page.
The 26-acre waterfront district features public art – including “Bending Arc”, Janet Echelman’s net sculpture – Spa Beach, restaurants and bars, Glazer Family Playground, History Museum Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center.
The St. Pete Pier opened in 2020 after originally slated for a 2018 opening, according to WUSF. The destination was determined to no longer be structurally sound in 2005, launching a 15-year revitalization project.
As a global award finalist, the St. Pete Pier will compete with projects in Europe and Asia. The winner will be announced before the organization’s fall meeting.
ULI launched its Excellence Awards program in 1979 to recognize development projects in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
“This is an incredible and significant achievement for our city and our iconic waterfront. Winning the ULI Awards for Excellence puts St. Pete’s Pier on the map as a world-class destination for residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Ken Welch. “Now we will compete on the world stage, providing a new opportunity to showcase our great city and this incredible attraction.”
Across the Americas, 68 projects and programs were submitted for consideration in this year’s competition. An 11-member jury made up of experts in development, finance, planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture selected 21 finalists. After the jury visited the projects and spoke with the teams behind them, they named 10 winners.