Winner of River Barge Contest Announced

And the winner is ... METALAB.

The City San Antonio and San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects have chosen the winner of the competition to design a new river barge for the San Antonio River.

Here's a description of the design from a news release:

Houston firm METALAB designed the winning proposal for an innovative electric barge able to accommodate barge tours, dining cruises, and river parades, as well as provide a transportation option for residents to commute on the San Antonio River. 
“The current river barge design was created for HemisFair ’68 to offer visitors rides up and down the length of the river,” City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño, an architect, says in a press release. “METALAB’s design is modular, modern, and offers the possibility for barge uses we couldn’t have imagined before. 

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said the new river barges come as the city prepares for its 300th anniversary in 2018.

The winning design will be presented to City Council in late April and the city says a test barge should be ready by early 2017.


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