These five design teams will help reimagine Old Sacramento’s waterfront

Representatives from five design teams gathered on Old Sacramento’s Embarcadero on Dec. 10 — along with Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Vice Mayor Steve Hansen — to celebrate their selection for the Waterfront Idea Makers program, which will reimagine the area’s riverside.

The City chose the five teams after an open call to generate imaginative concepts that enhance the area’s historic ambiance, aesthetic appeal, visitor experience and connectivity to the city.  The teams, which have completed projects both nationally and internationally, have experience in architecture, engineering and placemaking.

Each team will receive $10,000 to develop their ideas for the waterfront, which essentially runs between the Crocker Art Museum and the planned Powerhouse Science Center. With input from residents and other stakeholders, the City will ultimately choose among the design concepts and select projects to implement. Participants will be invited to continue working with the City if their designs are feasible to bring to reality.

“Old Sacramento is ready to become one more hue in an already brilliant prism; R Street, Midtown, and Golden 1 Center and have enlivened our downtown core,” said Michael Jasso, Assistant City Manager during the press conference in Old Sacramento. “The Waterfront Idea Makers program becomes the paintbrush for us to to make the waterfront the next potential hub for adventure.”

Members of the public also are invited to submit design ideas for the waterfront. Submissions are due March 22, 2019 and could be worth up to $6000 in prize money.

Here are the five selected teams:


Headed by Atlas Lab Inc., a women and minority owned architecture, urban design and public art house, the Atlas Team is comprised of seven firms:


Stantec brings experience from 400 offices worldwide and has partnered on projects in Sacramento, Calgary, and New York, to name a few. Stantec was established in 1954 and has background in design, engineering, science and project management.

The Hettema Group

With a focus on experiential design, The Hettema Group has worked with high-profile clients, including DreamWorks, Universal, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Panasonic. Established in 2002, Hettema has completed projects in New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

Perkins Eastman

Founded in 1981 in New York, Perkins Eastman has 11 offices in North America and four in Asia, Middle East-North Africa and South America. Multidisciplinary in nature, their projects specialize in civics, culture, large scale mixed-use, planning and urban design, and science and technology, among many others.

LPA / Hargreaves / RSM Team

The LPA / Hargreaves / RSM Team consists of LPA Design Studios, Hargreaves Associates and RSM.


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