COMPETITION NEWS: Questions Answered!

Below is a list of the questions asked.  Many questions were repeated.

Do we have to adopt inch/feet in our work or we can adopt millimeter/meter system as well?Although we would prefer inches/feet (imperial units) format, you can use meter/millimeter as well.

Can you provide some local criteria or codes related to this project?
For codes, please visit the Department of Environmental Regulation Management (DERM) at Miami Dade County.  You can also look up codes pertaining to Key Biscayne from and then searching under city of Miami.

Are there detailed digital drawing files (.dwg format) or high-quality images of the site and master plan, as well as the plan, section, facade of the stadium?  Can you provide more high-quality photos on this site and the stadium?
Go to You will be prompted to enter a username and password. The username is dawntown, and the password is homer.

What type of the Floating Stage do the sponsors prefer:   Floating Stage as a barge, towed by a boat, Floating Stage as boat itself, or it can by anything?
It can be anything, as long as it meets the requirements set forth by the brief.

Do we have to use the products, or units of the products, of the STAGELINE Company?

Are there special rules/laws regarding the evacuation from the Floating Stage?
Having at least two means of egress on the stage would be sufficient.

Is it going to be a floating stage to travel along the coast of the bay, or does this stage have the possibility also of have a grand stand?
The floating stage is just that, a stage.  The grandstand is the Miami Marine Stadium, or the shoreline of Bicentennial Park/Museum Park, or any other waterfront venue.  With that being said, it is not against the rules to design more than one floating structure, and use one of them as the stage itself and another for additional seating.

How deep is the sea level in the Virginia Key Basin?
The depth ranges between 8 to 9 feet during low tide.

Are prizes also paid to people without United States Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (in case they are not Americans)?
You will need to get an individual taxpayer identification number from the IRS.  It is a fairly easy process and there are instructions on how to do so in the competition brief on page 7.

How big should the stage be (square meters of the stage and backstage area)?
The dimension given in the brief is 100’ x 45’ which was the original dimension on the barge. Depending on how complex your floating stage is, it will naturally get larger.  The stage must be movable as it cannot remain in front of the Stadium before/after events. The Stage may be moored in the concrete slip directly across the Basin from the Stadium. When not in use, the Stage could also be placed somewhere outside the Basin, or on land.  There should always be a proper reason to justify the size of your floating stage proposal.  Remember that there are other boats that use the basin too, and they have the right to be on the water as anyone.

Is the 100’x45′ (original) barge the only barge to be considered? Or are we allowed to use that barge and other barges as well?
Yes, you can build multiple stages.

What is intended to happen to the winner, will it be built, will it be published, what will happen?
A majority, if not all, of the designs will be displayed at the awards ceremony for the public and stakeholders to view.  When an operating entity takes over the Miami Marine Stadium, the creation of a floating stage will be left to its discretion.  We are currently working on a publication to showcase the entries from this, and previous year’s competitions.

Can we supply additional presentation boards? Can we include a video with our entry?
No.  You will be judged on the 2 competition boards only.  Do not submit videos or models as they will not be considered part of the submission, and models cannot be returned.

Are there ANY structural or environmental restrictions?
The Marine Stadium Basin is now designated Historic by the City of Miami. Any changes to the Basin (i.e. alterations to the land as it meets the water) would have to be approved by the City’s Historic Environmental and Preservation Board and might jeopardize historic tax credits, which is a source of funding for the Marine Stadium.  Changes would have to be also approved by the Department of Environmental Regulation Management (DERM) an agency of Miami Dade County which regulates the Marine Stadium Basin. The Stage would have to be approved by DERM as a non-water dependent structure.

What does the basin floor consist of?
The floor of the basin consists of limestone rock, covered with a thick layer of silt.

What are the environmental conditions of the site?
The area was dredged to create the Basin. The land around the perimeter (directly opposite of the Stadium) was the material that was dredged. There is a path-hard packed and asphalt, that goes around the perimeter of the Basin. No changes can be made to this land.  Exotic, invasive trees have grown up on that area. DERM has been trying to enhance this area by removing the exotics, doing enhancements to the path, and planting native trees.

Of the existing structure, what amenities and or features can be used as part of the design?
The Miami Marine Stadium is to be left untouched.  The competition is to not redesign the stadium, but a floating stage for the stadium.  Elements such as mooring piles or docks can be used as they are not dependant on the stadium.

Are “As-Built” drawings of the building and site available for download or review?
Construction documents of the Miami Marine Stadium are found at in PDF format.

Are ready made systems allowed to be incorporated to stage design?


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