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Sarasota architecture firm chosen as partner in performing arts center project


The Ringling College Visual Arts Center was designed by Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors of Sarasota.
The Ringling College Visual Arts Center was designed by Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors of Sarasota.
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The global architecture firm named to design the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center has named a Sarasota firm as the architect of record. 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which is headquartered in Genoa, Italy, has selected Sweet Sparkman Architects from among 30 candidates.

Sweet Sparkman Architects has been practicing for 22 years, completing cultural and community projects such as The Bay, Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art, Ringling College of Art and Design: Basch Visual Arts Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre Koski Center Campus, Venice Theatre and Siesta Key Park and Pavilion.

Longboat Key Station No. 92 was designed by Sweet Sparkman.
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“We selected Sweet Sparkman not only for their proficiency and local knowledge of the construction industry, but for their spirit, and the team they put forth,” read a statement from Renzo Piano Building Workshop. “We see them as our partners in this adventure and we strongly believe their qualities, values and experience will be key to the project’s success.”

Sweet Sparkman Architecture & Interiors is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in community-oriented projects. Established in 2002, its principals are Todd Sweet, Jerry Sparkman, John Bryant and Karl Bernhard, bringing a combined 100 years of experience in architecture and planning, including residential, civic and community projects.

Sweet Sparkman has 42 full-time employees with offices in Sarasota and St. Petersburg.

This article originally appeared on sister site YourObserver.com.

 

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Andrew Warfield

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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