City calls on design teams to reimagine Old Sacramento Waterfront

New Waterfront Idea Makers program is looking for innovative design concepts to further transform Sacramento’s historic district.

To enhance the Old Sacramento Waterfront, the City of Sacramento is announcing Waterfront Idea Makers, an initiative to develop original design concepts that boldly reimagine the historic district and its riverfront location.

Old Sacramento Waterfront 1880
Old Sacramento Waterfront, 1880

The City is seeking up to five firms or teams to be selected to generate imaginative concepts that enhance the area’s historic ambiance, aesthetic appeal, visitor experience and connectivity to the City.

Participants will receive $10,000 each to design their concepts. They also will be eligible for a $5,000 “People Choice” award determined through a popular vote. The City, with input from residents and other stakeholders, ultimately will choose among the design concepts and select projects to implement. Participants will be invited to continue working with the City as their designs are brought to reality.

“We’re excited to spark the next set of great ideas as we bring the City closer to the river and help future generations of Sacramento residents and visitors appreciate our waterfront,” said Vice Mayor Steve Hansen, whose council district includes the Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Sacramento River looking towards Old Sacramento Waterfront, circa 1945.

RFQ applications must be submitted to the City by 4 p.m. (PST) Nov. 7, 2018. The City will announce selected participants on Dec. 10, 2018. Interested firms can download background materials and RFQ details.

The City recently launched a rebranding effort for the Old Sacramento Waterfront and completed an $8 million renovation of its Embarcadero boardwalk.

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