Winning Design Selected

60 Amazing Teams; 4 Great Finalists; 1 Begins

Sixty design firms threw their hats in the ring for the privilege of designing and integrating the January 8th Memorial as part of the El Presidio Park renovation. All were highly qualified with creative concepts for the memorial. From the 60, four outstanding design teams were selected as finalists.

Into that selection process went more than 500 comments, a packed-house public presentation and hours of review by a selection panel composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and a broad range of viewpoints. In the end, there was one decision to make: who would begin the process with our community to create a civic space to share, to dream, to celebrate?

Chee Salette will be the design team to take these ideas and energy and breathe life into our community’s ideas for a memorial and gathering place. They understand the importance of civic space, are good listeners and share our vision of creating an enduring treasure for our community.

Corky Poster, a member of the selection panel and vice president of the Tucson Pima Arts Council Board, praised the four finalists, honoring the work each of the design teams brought to the panel. “We were committed to find a group who would honor our community and offer a site where every culture could feel welcome and engaged in our civic processes.”

Thank you to everyone to shared in the decision, to those design teams willing to dream big and to those who are joining us on this next phase of our journey.