VOTING IS CLOSED
The Design Winner Will Be Announced Monday, October 23, 2017
Option 1: Vivid Design – representing movement and fluidity and is kinematic in form. It features:
- Linear chamfer tapers for the column edges.
- The architectural motif representing movement is a vertical feature protruding from the column face and flaring at the top of the column.
- Above deck, the architectural feature curves across the face of the finback with graceful fluidity.
Option 2: Estuary Design – representing nature envisioned in the form of a river delta or a canopy of cypress trees. It features:
- Radiused chamfer tapers for the edges of the columns.
- An architectural motif indented and flush with the column face representing a river delta or canopy of trees at the top of the column.
- Above deck, the same motif is replicated within the finback stem. For the finback, an indented relief feature is used to reduce the visual massiveness of the fin.
Both design options for the Selmon Extension are contemporary in theme and are characterized by distinctive forms and clean lines. Both are highlighted by an above deck signature element referred to as a “finback” that provides support for the bridge deck. The finback provides a stunning visual statement for the Selmon Extension as a gateway between each side of Tampa Bay and will uniquely belong to the Tampa Bay area as one of the region’s new landmarks.
The columns of each option are chamfered to appear slenderer and the column caps use consistent dimensions for visual rhythm. They are connected by a graceful arch and tapered to reduce structural mass.
For the nighttime aesthetic, down lighting from the superstructure soffit will be used to light the columns. Above deck, the finback along the crest of the fin and within the interior triangular openings will be lit from the median.