Portal to the Point

PEC brought some of the nation’s top architects and designers to Point State Park to offer innovative designs for the Portal Bridge area of the Park.


As part of ongoing renovations at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, PEC, with support from the Colcom Foundation, facilitated a design exploration in the summer of 2011 for the entrance to the park, including the Portal Bridge and Reflecting Pond area.

On Oct. 12, five design teams, selected through a competitive process, submitted their final proposals. Check out submissions at www.portaltothepoint.org.

To facilitate public feedback, a public exhibition of the finalists’ presentations was presented at multiple locations throughout the City. In addition, a public symposium was held at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

The five creative teams, who were selected from a pool of submissions from North American architects, landscape architects, designers, and artists invited to submit their qualifications, were:

SPRINGBOARD Design served as the project advisor and manager. An Advisory Committee comprised of nationally-recognized architects, artists, educators, and CEOs, as well as key stakeholders, was convened to assist in reviewing the submissions and offering selection recommendations.

Portal to the Point coincides with extensive ongoing renovations, including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR), the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Riverlife, and others, to restore and enhance some of the iconic features in the original design. The designs developed through this process are under consideration by DCNR for future improvements to the park.

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