Jury & Teams


Marpillero Pollak Architects
New York, New York
Arup, Consulting Engineers
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

peg office of landscape + architecture
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sp(a)de Architecture
Barton & Loguidice, P.C. Engineering

Coen + Partners, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great Ecology, Ecological Consulting
Transsolar Climate Engineering

Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Boston, Massachusetts
Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP
Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
Dr. Angie Cradock, Sc. D.

King and King Architects, Urban Movement Design, The Alchemical Nursery
Syracuse, New York


5.1 Technical Evaluation

The purpose of the Technical Evaluation is to assess the financial and technical viability of each entry.  Team prepared cost estimates will undergo preliminary review by a technical evaluation team consisting of construction, cost estimating and sustainability experts.  Each submission will receive one of three rankings – highly feasible, feasible, or unfeasible.  The ranking assigned to each project will be shared with the design jury, who will factor it into their final selection process.


5.2 Design Jury

The purpose of the Design Jury is to assess the design quality of each submission and choose the strongest overall design(s).

Each competitor will present their project to the Design Jury on Wednesday April 3, 2013, at a time to be determined.  Teams will be notified as to their assigned slot and the specifics of their presentation in the coming weeks.

Jury members will base their selection on their own expertise, the quality of the work submitted by the competitors, the information contained in the competition document, the technical evaluation, and any questions and answers that arise during the presentation process.  The Competition Advisor will observe the Jury and the subsequent debate to ensure impartial enforcement of the regulations and terms of the brief, and if necessary, advise the sponsors of any concerns that should be addressed.  Additional representatives selected by the sponsors may also attend the technical evaluation or jury as non-voting observers.  In the unlikely event that the jury is unable to reach a consensus, the Competition Advisor will facilitate the final selection.

Please note that while the sponsors and the Jury members seek inspiring, visionary designs with good critical thinking behind them, it is important that the proposals selected be capable of being fully constructed within the stated budget.

The Design Jury comprises:

Alvenas Bell
Near Westside Resident

Jennifer Colacicco
Rich & Gardner Construction Company

Thomas Dennison
Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director, Program in Health Services Management and Policy
Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Marilyn Higgins
Vice President, Community Engagement & Economic Development
Syracuse University

Maarten Jacobs
Director, The Near Westside Initiative
Syracuse University

Brian Lonsway
Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture

Paul Nojaim
Chair, Near Westside Initiative

Marc Norman
Director, UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate
Syracuse University School of Architecture

Andrew Maxwell
Director of Planning and Sustainability
City of Syracuse

Matthew Millea
Deputy County Executive for Physical Services
Onondaga County

Jeffrey Pauline
Assistant Professor
Syracuse University, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Richard Weller
Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture
School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

5.3 Prizes

Beyond the stipend, no cash prizes will be awarded as part of this competition.

It is the sponsor’s intention to see the winning entry(s) built.  To that end, the competition’s sponsors will endeavor to contract with the winning team(s) for the production of construction documents but makes no guarantee at this time.  By participating in this competition, the competitors acknowledge that this does not commit The Near Westside Initiative, Inc.  or any of the competitions sponsors to enter into a contract or award any services related to this competition; nor does it obligate The Near Westside Initiative, Inc. or any of the competition’s sponsors to provide any payment beyond the stipend.

Although a winning team will be selected, the competition sponsors reserve the right to enter into a contract with more than one team.

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