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Boat Design Coasts into First Place

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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A Houston-based architectural and public art firm came out on top in the recent San Antonio International River Barge Design Competition.

METALAB’s winning entry was announced Friday (April 1) by the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA San Antonio), which jointly hosted the competition to find a new look for the city’s barge fleet. The current design dates back to 1968.

Metalab's winning barge design
Renderings: METALAB

“As San Antonio prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, City leaders wanted to reimagine the river barge experience," said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. "METALAB’s winning design is bold, innovative and reflects the character of our progressive and growing city.”

The competition, which opened Oct. 30, asked participants to reimagine the San Antonio river barge experience as a quality transportation option with newly designed, more sustainable and modular vessels that meet the varying needs of tourists, dinner cruise events and daily commuters.

“The San Antonio River Walk is one of our city’s most distinguishing features and is among the highest rated tourist attractions in the state of Texas,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.

“As San Antonio prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, City leaders wanted to reimagine the river barge experience. METALAB’s winning design is bold, innovative and reflects the character of our progressive and growing city.”

The Winning Proposal

With the launch of the contest, participants were asked to focus their concepts toward an all-electric fleet and make use of innovative new materials while remaining compatible with the city’s identity and branding. Additionally, designs were to be modular and adaptable to a variety of sizes and uses, no larger than 9 by 28 feet, and ADA-compliant.

METALAB’s versatile design met those specifications through modular deck components that can accommodate a variety of uses. Additionally, its single-level deck design allows for greater wheelchair accessibility with adjacent companion seating.

The durability of its chosen materials will require minimal ongoing maintenance, the firm said. The railings are designed to pitch slightly outward, in order to enhance passenger comfort and increase capacity and legroom, it added.

rendering of Metalab's barge design

The designers proposed decorative railings inspired by papel picado patterns (a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs and considered a Mexican folk art) and a San Antonio color palette.

The designers proposed decorative railings inspired by papel picado patterns (a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs and considered a Mexican folk art) and a San Antonio color palette.

No further information on materials and coatings is available at this time.

“METALAB’s design is modular, modern, and offers the possibility for barge uses we couldn’t have imagined before,” said Roberto C. Treviño, District 1 City Councilman and architect.

According to Texas Public Radio, this includes removable seats and benches so the barge can be used for morning yoga classes or filled with sand for a beach cruise.

“This not only presents a great option for tourists, but is an opportunity for residents and the local entrepreneurial community to propose new and imaginative ways to use the river barges,” Treviño added.

Top Competitors

METALAB placed first out of 12 entries as ranked by a panel of 11 judges that included internationally recognized architects and engineers, local community leaders, artists, hospitality industry representatives, and designers providing technical to artistic input.

The top three proposals were selected based on design innovation, functionality, operational considerations, constructability and sensitivity to San Antonio’s culture.

The second place design came from Luna Architecture + Design from San Antonio with naval architects Lay Pittman & Associates from Neptune Beach, FL.

Third place was Sadi Brewton + Jonathan Davies from Austin (no website available).

Each of the three finalists received $7,500 to further develop their concepts in order to showcase them at the public open house held March 28. While each of the finalists received a cash prize at the event, only METALAB will be recommended to City Council to see its design constructed and on the San Antonio River in 2018, the competition hosts noted.

Next Steps

The winning barge design will be presented to City Council in late April, with a recommendation to work with METALAB to build the design concept, according to the announcement.

A test barge is scheduled to be in operation in early 2017 to ensure the design is functional for the River Walk. 

The city will then issue two Requests for Proposal (RFP) for procurement and construction of the barge fleet, as well as for the new fleet’s operation and programming. Both solicitations are expected to be released in May 2016.

   

Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Architects; Competitions; Contests; Design build; North America; Program/Project Management

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