Pillar Design Studios would like to thank all those that we worked with and those that supported us throughout 2018! We look forward to working with all our new partners and building some epic parks in 2019!
Voyage Phoenix interviewed the man behind Pillar Design Studios.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Brad Siedlecki.
Brad, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My passion for Skateboarding began at an early age. We had no public skateparks at the time in Upstate New York, where I grew up, so we had to build everything we wanted to skate. It wasn’t until attending college at Arizona State University that I could turn my lifestyle into a career. While pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture I continually pushed the envelope looking beyond the typical park planning format and introduced a non-traditional approach when developing park systems. Needless to say, I wasn’t particularity liked by some of my professors. I was told that skateboarding does not and will not belong in the world of public spaces…since I have returned back as a guest speaker for Skateparks.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the biggest challenges has been the perception of Skateboarding and who skateboarders are. It has taken a decade or two, but people are finally seeing skateboarding as it is – a great recreational activity that provides an option for those not into traditional sports. The other major hurdle is truly a lack of understanding and knowledge of Skateparks as a whole and the skatepark design/construction process. There is a major difference between a Skatepark that is properly designed and built by skateboarders for skateboarders, and skateparks that are selected from a catalog like a playground. The success of a Skatepark is determined by the initial planning stages and the people you get involved.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pillar design studios – what should we know?
We are an Action Sports Development Firm that specializes in Skate, BMX, Pump Track and Moto parks. Our business is to create custom, high-quality facilities that truly adhere to the unique needs of each community, including their culture and values. We want to share our knowledge and expertise, not only as leading designers in this industry, but also as avid Action Sports Enthusiasts.
We love what we do, and it is evident in our work. We are proud of the fact that after 12 years we have never duplicated a design. Each park is designed to be site specific and custom to the users and clients requests. I have been in this industry for almost 20 years beginning on the ground floor and have helped create the standards used today.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Our business is unique as we typically have two “clients”, the municipality and the end users. Balancing the needs of both, while creating a quality product has been the key to our success. We pride ourselves in employing highly skilled project managers who ask the right questions and are knowledgeable of both design and construction.
The bottom line to our success is truly based on the quality of our team and the people we work with…I am lucky to have had the opportunity to build a company that allows me to work with those I consider friends and provides all the opportunity to be creative and do what they love.
Meredith, NH has decided on a design. Now time to fundraise!
Construction is underway on the first concrete Skatepark in Pleasanton, TX.
Stay tuned for updates.
We are off to Greenville for the first public input session on the new Action Park.
Spread the word and see you there.
Construction is complete in Barbados! Stay tuned for Grand Opening details.
Rain delays have not stopped the progress in Dubuque, IA. We were on site this week to check on the status and loved what we saw. Stay tuned for more updates.
We are excited to be heading out to Quincy to discuss their new Skatepark project. Spread the word and let us know what you would like to see in the Skatepark.
Construction has begun on the Dubuque Skatepark. The Artisan crew have wasted no time and things are beginning to take shape. We will be on-site next week to check on the progress. Stay tuned for more updates and photos.
This month we were on site in Barbados to kick off construction with Artisan Skateparks on the Barbados Skatepark Facility. When complete this will be the first Olympic skatepark training facility in Barbados, The 60,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility includes a 13,000 sq. ft. Skatepark, restrooms, Skate shop, snack bar spectator viewing areas and lighting and located in the Olympic Centre at Garfield Sobers Sports Complex. Stay tuned for updates, you can see the entire design here.
What could be better than another Pillar Artisan Skatepark in the ground, that park completing Phase II of a three-phased master plan. Salisbury has now completed two of three phases planned for the Salisbury Skatepark. We could not be more proud to be apart of this amazing project and group of individuals. After years of grant submissions and perseverance, Salisbury became home to a custom Skatepark in 2015 - but the City didn't want to create just any kind of Skatepark, they wanted a world-class, Skatepark. Designed in Phases the Salisbury Skatepark when completed will be 13,000 sq.ft. of Skatepark heaven.
Phase II now open to public!
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The City of Dubuque and Kids In Dubuque Skate (KIDS) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new skate park project at Flora Park at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16.
The public is invited to attend the event which will be held at the project site on Flora Park Road, accessible from Wilbricht Lane on the north side of Flora Park. The event will include remarks from Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol; Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson Jennifer Tigges, Laura Bies, a member of the KIDS Board of Directors; and Park Division Manager Stephen Fehsal.
You can find a fly-through of the design on our youtube channel.
The project includes a concrete skate park with security lighting, drinking fountain, ADA parking space, storm water management features, and fiber optic connectivity and security cameras.
The approximately $850,000 project is being funded by $600,000 in City of Dubuque funds and more than $250,000 in private donations collected by the KIDS in Dubuque Skate Organization. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.
Imperial Skatepark has been opened for less than a month and has already been coined the most popular recreational facility of the City. Lead by a dedicated group of 10 to 12 year olds, Team Hot Wheels, the Imperial Skatepark is a great example of what can be accomplished with a little hard work and determination. After a few false starts and being told they could not afford concrete Imperial - Nebraska is now home to a 5,000 sq. ft. custom Skatepark.
We want to give a big shout out to Artisan Skateparks, our build partner on this project. The crew were not only professional and respectful but truly became a part of the local community. They went above and beyond during construction, mentoring the young skaters, explaining the construction process and giving them the opportunity to help with construction. The Skatepark is located in Campbell Park on on West 6th St. in Imperial, Nebraska.
A Tony Hawk Foundation grant recipient.
Join us on Go Skateboarding Day at Farm Pond Skatepark in Framingham, MA. They will be having their official grand opening June 21st from 4 -6pm.
Skatepark location 99 Dudley Road, Framingham, MA 01702
The official grand opening for the W.O.L.F. Skatepark in Scottsdale, Arizona is this Saturday at 10AM. Join us for Skate Demos and Clinics held by Las ChicAZ and AZPX Skateboards. Stop by and check out the newest Skatepark in Arizona.
Salisbury Skatepark has received their second round of funding through DNR and the City wasted no time moving forward with Phase II. Designed in Phases, the masterplan divided the park into three manageable sections that allowed for fundraising efforts to continue while users and local residents could enjoy a finished product.
Phase I included an 8' deep bowl with pool coping and tile, as well as a back and fourth street section. During Phase I our design team also handled all necessary stormwater management and overall cost estimating. Streamlining the design process and allowing Phase II and III to be about design aspects of the park.
Phase II will be an additional 4,500 sq. ft. The original masterplan, shows Phase II as mostly street - complimenting Phase I of the Skatepark but of course the final design will take into account the local Skaters request. A public meeting to discuss Phase II design elements is set for January 18th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the City Center Building - Atrium Area on Main Street. We encourage local skaters to attend the meeting and give their input on the design.
Phase I was completed and opened December 2015. Phase II set to be completed this summer. Phase 3 will follow, to complete the Skatepark Masterplan layout.
Skatepark hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Morganton Skatepark, Morganton, NC 540 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Receiptent
We are all over the East Coast this summer. With new parks in North Carolina, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and more! Stay tuned for construction photos and Grand Openings.
Latham Skatpark - Greensboro, NC