Six finalists have been announced to design a 350 foot multimodal bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles that will also serve as the “architectural centerpiece” of the 16 Tech Innovation District, a 50-acre mixed-use currently under development on the edge of downtown Indianapolis. According to a press release published by 16 Tech, the companies were selected from a total pool of 33 potential designers who responded to a Qualification Request (RFQ) published in February this year.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming number of responses to the inquiry and the shared vision of the bridge as the groundbreaking link between people and ideas for 16 Tech,” said Bob Coy, President and CEO of 16 Tech, in a statement. “The finalists share our desire to create a symbol of innovation in downtown Indianapolis and inspire a culture of design and innovation. They also seek to work with local partners and spend time with the community to understand the unique geography and complexity of the site, as well as the cultural history of neighboring communities. “
Each of the six finalists will lead design teams made up of local, national and international partner firms spread across a variety of disciplines, including structural engineering and landscape architecture. The shortlisted companies – with a significant presence in Massachusetts – are: Behnisch Architects (Boston, Stuttgart), Kennedy & Violich Architecture (Boston), MVRDV (Rotterdam), NADAAA (Boston), Schlaich bergermann partner / sbp (New York, Stuttgart) and Snøhetta (New York, Oslo).
The final design for the $ 14.5 million bridge, supported by a grant from Lily Endowment and backed by City of Indianapolis funding, will be announced later this summer. Completion is planned for early 2023.
The team ultimately chosen to lead the design of the bridge will also be tasked with creating schematic designs for entrances and signposts within the $ 500 million innovation district in the historic Riverside section of Indianapolis, just northwest of downtown, to create. The bridge itself will span Fall Creek from 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive, connecting adjacent neighborhoods to 16 Tech and downtown Indianapolis. (The location of the bridge can be seen in the flyover video below.)
A special bridge selection committee selected the six shortlisted companies, and the same committee will determine the design that will ultimately be realized at Tech 16. Chaired by Marya Rose, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Cummins Inc. and a board member of 16 Tech The committee also includes former AN Editor-in-Chief Matt Shaw. Shin-pei Tsay, director of politics, cities, and transportation at Uber; and Sara Zewde, founding director of New York-based landscape architecture and urban development firm Studio Zewde. They are joined by three local leaders: Vop Osili, President of Indianapolis City-County Council; Dan Parker, director of public works for Indianapolis; and Adam Thies, vice president of capital planning and facilities at Indiana University.
“The six finalists represent some of the most forward-thinking designers in the world,” said Rose. “Her work is recognized internationally for creating dynamic urban communal spaces, and her talent for creating such spaces will serve 16 Tech’s vision of building a community of innovation, entrepreneurship and talent attraction.”
Indianapolis-based architecture and design firm Synthesis Incorporated acts as the owner’s agent for the bridge selection process, while the Columbus Design Institute, the technical services arm of the nonprofit Landmark Columbus Foundation, acts as design consultant.
The 16 Tech Innovation Center is located between the White River and Fall Creek in an area northwest of downtown Indianapolis. The characteristic bridge of the development will cross the latter waterway. (Courtesy of 16 Tech)
Consisting of tech-centric commercial space, retail stores, a hotel, residential buildings and event venues for creative endeavors, complemented by 15 acres of public green space and three miles of hiking and biking trails, 16 Tech describes itself as a “24-hour community where the curious and creatives come together to build businesses, careers, and families. “
Several individual projects are underway at 16 Tech, including the first (fully rented) research and office building of the master-planned development, which is due to be completed this summer.