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Poll: Rate the Design of Pier 1 Place (52 member(s) have cast votes)

Rate the Design of Pier 1 Place

  1. 10 (8 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  2. 9 (17 votes [32.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.69%

  3. 8 (16 votes [30.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.77%

  4. 7 (7 votes [13.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.46%

  5. 6 (2 votes [3.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.85%

  6. 5 (1 votes [1.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.92%

  7. 4 (1 votes [1.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.92%

  8. 3 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. 2 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. 1 (0 votes [0.00%])

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#101 360texas

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 07:30 AM

It is 7:30p and Pier 1 still had not been lighted. Guess we should have waited until later. Mosquitos and nosee-ums were having a delightful time at my expense. Sunset against the limited Trinity River skyline was a great view. Time to reflect.. then head home.

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 05:38 PM

:D WOW! Great photos everyone. Pier 1 looks downright hot at night, I wish I could have been at the photo shoot. I'll be getting my own pictures sometime soon, at least, I hope.

I can't wait for the Tower to light up too (and eventually Tandy), what a kick in the pants this should be for the skyscrapers downtown and their lighting schemes. There are still quite a few buildings that could be better lit (city center being my number 1 irk.)

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Posted 16 September 2004 - 10:05 PM

just stepped outside my door to look at it. It really looks nice.

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 11:31 PM

the light shooting into the sky is amazing... Are there any other buildings that can compare to what Pier1 has done with that beam of light into the sky?? It reminds me of when they had the two beams of light shooting into the sky for the WTC.

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 09:34 AM

I agree, that beam of light is incredible! Has anyone been able to capture that with a camera??

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 10:56 AM

In one of my pictures from the Trinity River, a faint beam shows up. However, after driving around in the evenings, I have determined the beam of light is more pronounced when viewed along the short side of the building.

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 11:06 AM

The WTC 'Tribute in Light" can be seen at this site. It uses the QTVR browser plug-in. When you enter this page it will automatically rotate around. Be sure to click on the image to move the around inside.

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"Englewood, NJ photographer Jook Leung RECEIVES FUJIFILM MASTERPIECE AWARD

ELMSFORD, NY - Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. is proud to announce that Jook Leung
from 360VR Studio won the Fujifilm Masterpiece Award for photographic
excellence in the year 2003, August, 2002 - July, 2003. Jook received the award
from the IAPP for the photograph, "Tribute In Light" in the Electronic Imaging
(A) category. "


http://360vr.com/light2/indexb.html

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 11:45 AM

Okay, so it isn't as good as the WTC.

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Still impressive for Fort Worth!!

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Posted 27 September 2004 - 04:09 PM

While you can't see Pier 1 from I-35 directly east of downtown, you can still see the beams of light, which I find incredibley cool. I agree, it's no WTC, but it's definately an icon.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 07:50 PM

Yeah, I gave it a 10. 9 points for design, and a bonus point for the night lighting :D

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 08:02 PM

I think I'll hold back on ranking it until they finish the area around the base of the building. So far, I'm not impressed with that aspect, but they gain a lot of that back with the design of the building and the look at night. The building looks completely different at night than during the day. The white light of the crown contrasted with the darkened lower floors almost makes me feel like I'm looking at a black and white photo.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:16 PM

Okay, is it just me or has anyone else noticed that all lit up it looks like a giant "M"? For Marvin, maybe? Just an observation.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:38 PM

I've noticed that, also. Maybe it was an "architectural joke" to illuminate the building in that fashion. I know that from time to time architects have done crazy things like that. Charles Moore in his design of the Piazza d'Italia in New Orleans put gargoyles of his own image into the project.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:44 PM

Who's Marvin?

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 10:19 PM

Marvin Girouard, CEO of Pier One.

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Posted 28 September 2004 - 10:24 PM

One day, I too will have a tower in the shape of my name. I guess the Pier 1 building is kind of like "Mugatu" in Zoolander.

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Posted 29 September 2004 - 04:26 PM

Marvin Girouard, CEO of Pier One.

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Whoops, I knew that ;)

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 11:03 AM

The other night it was overcast and Pier One was projecting a bright white light onto the cloud base. Very Cool.

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 03:33 PM

Ghughes,

On the other hand,the upward shining light is a classic, textbook example of "light pollution". It is a fact that city dwellers are much less able to see the stars at night due to excess light refracting into the night skies, mainly from omnidirectional street lights, and from other sources such as excessive building illumination. Some people consider this a quality of life concern. I am all for a signature skyline, but does anyone else think that the Pier One project overdoes it just a little, well, OK, a whole lot! Think of the electric bill, and the fossil fuel used to generate it.

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 06:19 PM

The city put up the street signs around Pier One. Pier 1 Blvd is the new name.

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 08:18 PM

I thought it was supposed to be Pier 1 Place. They must have been put up today because I drove down the street yesterday.

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Posted 15 October 2004 - 09:10 PM

Pup:

You are right on with the light pollution issue. My take is that the focused light beam of Pier One is less of a problem than the omnidirectional lights you mention, but it's still a negative when one looks for the stars. I chalk it up to life in the big city, but it is a real issue. I guess I got caught up in the flashiness of it all.

As to the electrical side, the night-time around here is when only the most efficient power plants are running. The nasty units that run our peak air conditioning demands during the day are generally turned off when Pier One is at its glory.

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 09:25 AM

I don't think we should be worrying that much about light pollution downtown. I mean, it's downtown...do you honestly expect to see the stars there? At least (for now) Fort Worth's size allows you to not have to drive so far out to be able to see stars relatively clearly. I mean, I can see a TON of stars from my backyard, and I only live 10 miles from downtown.

I definately need to get a pic of Pier1 whenever it's overcast, or better yet, when it's foggy.

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 12:16 AM

Oh, my. I don't know how to respond to the measurement "a ton of stars" as it seems so inadequate for the subject matter. Johnny, if you really want to view an incredible stellar nightscape, I strongly recommend that you vacation in the Trans-Pecos. Nothing remotely close to Fort Worth can prepare you for the experience.

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 10:37 AM

Ah yes, I've been to West Texas many a time in my short lifespan so far (Fort Davis 3 times, Alpine twice, and the McDonald observatory 3 times as well). Indeed the amount of stars one can see out there is extraordinary. My reference to a ton of stars was more meant to say that you can see more stars than you'd expect to, being so close to the city and all.

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Posted 18 October 2004 - 02:09 AM

Good! I'm glad you've had the experience of seeing the night skies out here. At least I understand that you have that perspection. From my own esperience, you used to be able to see all the stars of the Little Dipper within, but near, the 820 loop 25-30 years ago on a moonless night if you really struggled. I doubt that's the case now.

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Posted 18 October 2004 - 08:01 AM

I thought it was supposed to be Pier 1 Place.  They must have been put up today because I drove down the street yesterday.

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You are correct, I glanced at it to fast the other day, it is Pier 1 Pl

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 11:36 PM

Several article in the FW Business Press on the Pier One Tower



SARAH MCCLELLAN 19.NOV.04

Pier 1 Imports will make its formal move this weekend into a $90 million corporate headquarters, pacing the expansion of Fort Worth's downtown district to a westward horizon along the Trinity River.
The opening celebration, including tours and demonstrations of a unique architectural lighting system, climaxes a year-and-a-half building process.
“It's even better than I'd imagined,” said Marvin Girouard, president and CEO of the home-décor retailer, as he settled into his offices at Pier 1 Place. “I don't believe anyone has ever had a view of the city from such an angle.”
Girouard's top-floor suite represents an unprecedented vantage for the downtown area's skyline, at an elevation well removed from the traditional boundaries of the central business district.
Friday's grand opening of the new building at Forest Park Boulevard and 5th Street dovetails with the end of the company's long-standing lease in the City Center II tower on Commerce Street.
The 440,000-square-foot Pier 1 Place, a 20-story, $90 million structure on a $10 million piece of land bought from Calvary Cathedral after the church's site was ravaged by a tornado in March 2000, has been a subject of excitement within the business community.
U.S. Rep. and former Fort Worth Mayor Kay Granger said the structure - in conjunction with a new RadioShack headquarters and an expansion in development by Tarrant County College - is important to the city's economy in terms of jobs and other growth that it will attract and encourage. Granger said she is especially pleased that the new building is on the Trinity River; the congresswoman has been a proponent of the Trinity River Vision, a plan to redirect and enhance parts of the river, ever since it was conceived three years ago.
“It says a lot about the quality of life [in Fort Worth] that [Pier 1] would build here when they have the choice of going anywhere,” Granger said. “When we started this [Trinity River Vision], I thought within 10 to 12 years we could have major development on the river, having no idea it would happen literally as we build it.”
Kenneth Barr, former mayor of Fort Worth, called Pier 1 Place a tremendous asset to the city's business community and skyline.
“I'm impressed with the quality of the structure and the landscaping - from the Travertine marble in the lobby to the eucalyptus paneling, it's very impressive,” Barr said. “Pier 1's really done it first-class.”
Barr, who was mayor when the company was awarded a tax-abatement and economic incentive deal that could be worth more than $12.7 million, said he takes a great deal of satisfaction in seeing the headquarters open.
“Pier 1 wanted to stay in the downtown area, but there was a significant cost in doing that when compared to going to a suburban-type campus,” Barr said. “I was very pleased that we were able to work out a financial arrangement that helped offset the extra cost of staying in downtown - it was really a win-win proposition. It'll pay dividends for their company and for our city for decades to come.”
The abatement deal is driven by the property taxes paid on the building. In exchange for the rebates, the company is required to meet hiring quotas of Fort Worth residents as well as city requirements of doing business with women- and minority-owned firms, said Peter Vaky, assistant city attorney.
The 20-year agreement required that Pier 1 spend at least $80 million on the building itself, with 25 percent of the construction costs spent with Fort Worth companies and 20 percent of the cost spent on certified minority- and women-owned companies.
Moreover, the company must employ at least 350 Fort Worth residents in full-time positions and 100 center-city residents in full-time positions, and spend at least $1 million per year with Fort Worth companies and $200,000 per year with certified minority- and women-owned companies. Based on how many of the requirements are met, the city will make annual economic development program grants to the company. These can add up to 90 percent of the property taxes it pays to the city each year.
Pier 1 Place houses almost 1,000 employees, whose efforts support more than 1,100 stores and 20,000 associates. Pier 1, in its 42nd year, has been headquartered in Fort Worth since 1966.


Michael H. Price contributed to this report.
Contact McClellan at smcclellan@bizpress.net.

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 03:12 PM

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I'd give it a 10.
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Posted 04 January 2005 - 04:45 PM

I'd give that picture a 10 as well!

Greast shot, and welcome to the forum.

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Posted 04 January 2005 - 08:49 PM

I'm going to have to head back up there and take extra batteries. My batteries were dying as I took the shot and I didnt get a chance to take it again and try to center the building better.

Thanks for the welcome, I've been lurking for about two years now and I figured it was finally time for a post or two :)
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Posted 04 January 2005 - 09:27 PM

Welcome to the forum! That is an excellent photograph.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 08:07 AM

Yes, I too agree that's gotta be a solid 10. What camera/lens did you use to take that great image ??

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 02:13 PM

Great to see another young person involved in the forum.

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 03:17 PM

Yes, I too agree that's gotta be a solid 10.  What camera/lens did you use to take that great image ??

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 02:45 PM

I see nobody ever posted a pic of the light shaft coming from Pier 1, so here's mine:

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 02:00 PM

I just heard they are moving some of their IT functions out of the building to make room for leaseable space.

They are hoping to capitalize on the Class A Space thrirst

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Posted 13 April 2006 - 02:23 PM

If you believe the business reports, they could use the money.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE(vjackson @ Apr 13 2006, 02:23 PM) View Post

If you believe the business reports, they could use the money.


Pier One may be exploring sale options-Star-Telegram
By HEATHER LANDY
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER

Fort Worth-The Fort Worth-based company has hired investment bankers to help the retailer in "evaluating strategic alternatives" — a Wall Street catch phrase that typically means the company will entertain takeover bids...
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE(TCUTrumpetGuy @ May 4 2006, 03:33 PM) View Post

QUOTE(vjackson @ Apr 13 2006, 02:23 PM) View Post

If you believe the business reports, they could use the money.


Pier One may be exploring sale options-Star-Telegram
By HEATHER LANDY
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER

Fort Worth-The Fort Worth-based company has hired investment bankers to help the retailer in "evaluating strategic alternatives" — a Wall Street catch phrase that typically means the company will entertain takeover bids...


So sad but most of us saw this coming. More bad news for Pier one today. More loss. sad.gif

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:15 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported that the upward aiming lights on the crown of Pier 1 Place have been turned off to save energy.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:03 AM

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported that the upward aiming lights on the crown of Pier 1 Place have been turned off to save energy.


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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:30 AM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Jun 18 2007, 05:15 AM) View Post

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported that the upward aiming lights on the crown of Pier 1 Place have been turned off to save energy.

Save energy or to save MONEY?? I'm going with saving M-O-N-E-Y. I expect P1 to follow RadioShack's lead and eventually start leasing out office space.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:50 AM


What a shame. Anyway to find out how much it cost to operate?

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 09:48 AM

I should have typed in "money". They pulled the plug to cut costs on operating the building. The article in the Star-Telegram specifically stated that. This is what I get when trying to post early in the morning before I've had my daily dose of caffeine.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 10:40 AM

Myself and many others in this forum said from day one it was a waste.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 10:51 AM

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Myself and many others in this forum said from day one it was a waste.


I couldn't disagree more. Adding a signature attribute to a skyline can be invalueable for a company and for the city. One thing that bothers me about Ft Worth is the lack of truly discernable skyline features. While it wasnt a real structure, the beam of light was prominent and unique. Of course I can't say it was a waste of money when I don't know how much it cost, but I assume it is far less than other corporate branding, such as stadiums.

The Prudential in Boston and the Sears Tower in Chicago...classical examples of promoting your presence as well as becoming a part of the fiber of the area.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 10:58 AM

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Myself and many others in this forum said from day one it was a waste.


A glorious waste. I loved it. The building looks dead at night now.

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 11:31 AM

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[A glorious waste. I loved it. The building looks dead at night now.

Maybe, I'm confused about what is being turned off. Is it just the beams that shot upward, or is the entire crown no longer illuminated??

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 11:38 AM

QUOTE(vjackson @ Jun 18 2007, 12:31 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Jun 18 2007, 11:58 AM) View Post

[A glorious waste. I loved it. The building looks dead at night now.

Maybe, I'm confused about what is being turned off. Is it just the beams that shot upward, or is the entire crown no longer illuminated??


The whole thing has been turned off lately when I've gone by it - the crown and the sides. I think the crown lighting and the beam are one and the same.

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