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‘All-star’ design teams named for $3 billion Water Street Tampa project

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Design teams were named Tuesday for Water Street Tampa, the much-touted plan for the city’s Channelside area from Jeff Vinik‘s Strategic Property Partners and Bill Gates‘ asset management firm Cascade Investment.

The group also released a new conceptual illustrated video that shows how the district will come together over the next few years along the Tampa waterfront.

Water Street Tampa officials say that SPP and Cascade Investments have assembled an “all-star” collection of talent that will work on the project, including companies like CookFox Architects, Morris Adjmi Architects, Olson Kundig, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, and Pickard Chilton that have never designed a building in Tampa, but all have had globally recognized international exposure and have done work in the region.

The project, first announced December 2014, was finally named earlier this summer when SSP/Cascade revealed that it would be “Water Street Tampa.”

Nine separate architecture firms and three interior designers are working on the 50-acre $3 billion mixed-use development:


– CookFox Architects: Two buildings; office and residential over retail

– Morris Adjmi Architects: Three buildings; 157-key 5-star hotel, luxury condominiums, apartments and retail

– Olson Kundig: One building; office over retail

– Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF): Two buildings; condominiums and apartments over retail

– Gensler: Two buildings; office over retail

– Alfonso Architects: Redevelopment vision for Channelside; residential and water-front retail, and a new public park on the Riverwalk

– Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW): One building; 500-key 4-star hotel

–Pickard Chilton: Three buildings; office and residential over retail

–Baker Barrios: One building; central cooling facility and infrastructure


– Roman & Williams:  Interior design for the new five-star hotel and associated condominiums, in a building designed by Morris Adjmi

– Cecconi Simone: Interiors for the condominium and apartment residences in the buildings designed by KPF.

– Champalimaud: Interiors for the new four-star hotel designed by NBWW

Construction is set to begin this fall on the $165 million USF Morsani College of Medicine and Health Heart Institute building to be at the intersection of S. Meridian Ave and Channelside Drive this fall, with the project expected to open in the fall of 2018 or winter of 2019.

See the video below:


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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