Pontiac Silverdome owners launch contest for redesign, cash prize announced

The investment group that owns the Pontiac Silverdome is giving the public the chance help revive the once-legendary building.

Triple Investment Group launched the Silverdome International Design Competition on Tuesday and put out the call to architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, and artists to submit renderings for the redesign of the Silverdome.

The investment group said that the winner will receive $3,000, second place gets $1,000, and third place wins $500. 

The deadline to register for the competition is April 12, 2015 so get your submissions in now.

"The objective is to have an open-ideas design competition that aims to explore new visions for the space. As an example, a campus for advanced technology research or development and manufacturing that is integrated into the community and the city," said Jury Chair, Monica Ponce de Leon in a press release. "There are no restrictions regarding boundaries, program mix, GFA height or density. We want to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage in the project, without constraints, in the most creative way."

For years, the Silverdome dominated the suburb north of Detroit but it has fallen into disrepair since the Lions moved out at the beginning of the century. 

In January, SKYFOX flew to Pontiac to check out the dilapidated structure. The video showed the once-groundbreaking roof is no longer attached to the stadium and nature has continued to reclaim the land and seats.

Where 80,000 once packed the seat, the Honolulu blue chairs sit empty in the bowl, waiting for the future to begin.

Triple Investment Group bought the property in 2009 and chairman Andreas Apostolopoulos says they recognize how important it is to Oakland County 

"We recognize the significance of the Silverdome to the City of Pontiac, and its intrinsic value to the people of this community, myself included," said Apostolopoulos in a press release. "We continue to remain steadfast in upholding the integrity of the property, and have been consulting with many organizations and businesses both nationally and within Oakland County for more than a year now, regarding its current and future use. With the launch of this exciting new Design Competition, our hope is to redefine a new era for the Silverdome site, one that we can all be very proud of."
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