Three Days Remaining to Vote for the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition People's Choice Award

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Finalists’ designs will be showcased online through May 14

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The public has three days remaining to vote for their favorite designs among proposals for two Atlanta bridge projects: the 10th Street Bridge in Midtown and the Courtland Street/Ralph McGill Boulevard Bridge in Downtown. The Atlanta Bridgescape Competition has attracted broad participation from design teams that were challenged to enhance existing infrastructure for motorists along the Interstate 75-85 Connector and to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge surfaces.

The official Competition winners will be selected by a jury of esteemed design professionals; however the People’s Choice Award has been established to encourage public input and celebrate design excellence. Online voting through the Competition website http://www.AtlantaBridgescapeCompetition.com will remain open through May 14th at 5 p.m.

Alternatively, the public can cast their votes in person during an Open House reception on May 12th from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Village, located at 800 Peachtree Street, Suite D. The design teams responsible for each of the final design concepts will be revealed at the event, which will also feature remarks from members of the Competition jury. Registration is required. To RSVP, visit Atlanta Bridgescape Open House.

Prior to the Open House reception on May 12th, the Competition jury will assemble to determine the winning designs. “The jury comprises design professionals who are considered to be experts in their respective fields,” said competition manager Tony Rizzuto, who is Ph.D. Chair in the Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University. “We are confident that the jury will choose the best design for each bridge taking into consideration key issues like connectivity, pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and sustainability in the context of the overarching Connector Vision plan and project budget.”

The Atlanta Bridgescape Competition is part of the ongoing effort to elevate the experience of travelers along the Connector and improve the environment on the bridge surfaces. Launched earlier this year, the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition solicited participation from multi-disciplinary teams for two bridge enhancement projects – one in Midtown and one in Downtown. Receiving over twenty submissions, the Competition jury shortlisted five finalists – three for the 10th Street Bridge in Midtown and two for the Courtland/McGill Bridge in Downtown – who have been working to further develop and refine their ideas, including the feasibility of implementation based on a budget of up to $3 million per bridge.

The official Competition winners and People’s Choice favorites will be announced at the 2015 AIA Convention on May 15th.

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About Midtown Alliance: Midtown Alliance is a non-profit membership organization and a coalition of leading business and community leaders – united in our commitment to Midtown as a premiere destination for commerce, culture, education and living. Guided by a visionary master plan – Blueprint Midtown – and in partnership with the Midtown Improvement District, our mission is to improve and sustain the quality of life for those who live, work and play here. Midtown Alliance accomplishes this goal through a comprehensive approach to planning and development that includes initiatives to enhance public safety, improve the physical environment, and strengthen the urban amenities which give the area its unique character. http://www.MidtownATL.com

About Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District: Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., is a Downtown business association with approximately 200 members. Its mission is to champion a livable, vibrant and economically robust Downtown community as the heart of the Atlanta region. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation created by CAP to make Downtown safer, cleaner and more hospitable. For more information about CAP/ADID, visit http://www.atlantadowntown.com.

About the Architecture and Design Center: The Architecture and Design Center (ADC) is an Atlanta based non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to creating an alliance of organizations and individuals who develop and promote initiatives that advance the public's understanding of architecture and design and the benefits of a well-designed built environment. Central to ADC's work is the understanding that everything in our world is designed. If designed well, the lives of people are enhanced. If designed poorly, it detracts from the quality of life. The more people who understand design, how it works and how it shapes our lives, the more effective advocates we will have to promote good design in our communities.

About AIA Atlanta: With approximately 1,700 members throughout the Greater Metro Atlanta area, the Atlanta Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA ATL) is an energetic, creative, and agile advocate for architects, design professionals, students, and the general public. Our diverse membership is comprised of professionals from a variety of backgrounds–traditional firms, allied professional firms, retired professionals, colleges, universities, government centers, product showrooms, manufacturing facilities, and home offices–all members have one connecting and powerful thread in common: a fine appreciation of architecture and design.

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