In a rare departure from protocol, City Council heard Wednesday from two groups in a dead heat vying for the multimillion-dollar, high-profile contract to operate San Antonio's new river barges.
Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) has formally requested that City Council's Governance Committee consider a public design competition to improve the accessibility of City Hall for visitors with disabilities.
The new river barge design that was selected through a City-sponsored international competition last week was well received by City Council members on Wednesday who received an in-depth look at the craft's specifications.
The River Barge design by Houston-based Metalab has been selected by a panel of jurors as the winner of the International River Barge Design Competition and, pending City Council approval, will be cruising the bends of the San Antonio River by the city's Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
More than 150 architects, artists, and generally curious citizens poked and prodded – metaphorically anyway – three river barge displays and their design teams on Monday night.
Renderings and models of the City of San Antonio's new and improved river barge will be on public display for the first time at AIA San Antonio's Center for Architecture on Monday, March 28, 6-8 p.m. – but no one knows yet which of the three designs will win the International River Barge Competition.
Three teams of architects and designers have been selected as finalists for the International River Barge Design Competition organized by the City of San Antonio and the American Institute of Architect's local chapter (AIA San Antonio).