FleischmanGarciaMaslowski designed a centralized location for the public to interact with various departments of the City of Tampa currently scattered throughout the urban core. Intended to reinforce the connection between the public and municipal services, each department included in the program is interconnected and working in collaboration with one another. These include Neighborhood & Community Affairs, Development & Growth, Workforce Development, Technology & Innovation, Water Permitting, Planning, Purchasing, Wellness Center, Human Resources, Facilities, and Central Fleet.
The new municipal complex addresses departmental growth in a city that is constantly evolving and expanding while simultaneously providing an anchor for the community and serving as a catalyst for redefining East Tampa. Four distinct structures will occupy the site, including the main Administration Building, Parking Garage, Central Fleet Maintenance, and a Facilities Building. The program for the 161,000-square-foot Administration Building is distributed across three floors and organized around a central space that will serve as the epicenter of social, cultural, and economic life: the “Agora”. The center’s entry is a gradual sequence of the diagonal central path woven through the plaza, up past the portico’s forest of columns, and into the building. Around this central path, a multitude of activities take place activating the path inside and outside. Around the path, the entry plaza is activated with tiered steps, multipurpose lawn, trellis, and drop off area.
Other site components include a café patio, utility yard, delivery area, pump station with fuel tanks, and electric vehicle charging stations. Buildings will be LEED Silver Certified with several sustainable features such as solar arrays to provide the municipal complex with an alternative energy source. The Parking Garage concentrates vehicles into a centralized location to maximize the plaza green space. Demolition and site clearing for the Hanna Avenue Municipal Complex began in July 2021. Construction is slated to begin in January 2022, with completion anticipated in June 2023. To learn more about this exciting and transformative East Tampa project, please visit the City of Tampa’s website at https://www.tampa.gov/community-partnerships/city-center.