Next Big Futures article Rammus Building Code is ready to be open to the public!
With the building code being finalized, it is now up to the City of Tampa to begin the construction process.
The City will open the building for inspection on Thursday, August 12th.
The City has been tasked with determining how to incorporate Rammus in the Tampa Bay Convention Center and will need to hire an architect and a building contractor to do this.
After that, the City will need an engineer and the construction contractor to design and construct a facility that meets the architectural requirements.
If approved, the project will begin construction in 2019 and the City hopes to complete construction in 2024.
As the City works to incorporate the building into the Tampa Convention Center, we are excited to announce the construction of Rammus on the grounds of the Tampa City Hall on Wednesday, August 11th.
This is the first time that the City has hosted a public building open for public viewing in more than 25 years.
Rammus is a three-story concrete building constructed in the mid-1940s.
The building is designed by architect John D. Rammus.
According to the Tampa Tribune, “Rammus was a major architect of the city’s urban renewal programs in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
He was involved in several large projects including the reconstruction of the New York City subway system, as well as the reconstruction and redevelopment of the Grand Army Plaza.”
Rammy’s work is often credited with shaping the design of many modern-day buildings.
In a letter to The Tampa Tribune in 2007, Rammus noted that the structure’s design reflected the “new urbanism” that the city was experiencing.
“We are trying to create an open-air museum to give a sense of what was going on at the time, the excitement and energy of the time and the changing world,” Rammus wrote.
Now that the building is being built, the Tampa city council will decide if Rammus can remain in place and if the City can begin the design and construction process of a permanent structure.
City Councilman Tom Niederhauser stated that the project was important for the city because of its “historic significance” and its “impact on the city and its citizens.”
The design of the building will require a lot of time and money, and as the City continues to develop the building, we will be working with the City to bring more construction to the site.
If you are interested in taking a look at the construction site, you can do so here: https://www.tampacity.gov/project/new-tampa-city-council-design-building/