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AnthonyHarding Apr 26, 2009 9:07 AM

Pierpont, Idaho - A Google Sketchup City
 
Cello! Viola! How do you do?

So, as I stated in my last airport thread, this is my new Sketchup city currently in development. I was going to show you it piece by piece when I was finished, but I became too impatient and decided to show you now!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/Map2.jpg

City Population: 442,000
MSA Population: 840,000
Location: Exactly where Boise, Idaho stands
Tallest Building: The Pierpont Tower - 38 floors, approximately 480 ft. - Completed on July 3rd, 1991


My goal with Pierpont is to build what would be, in my opinion, a truly perfect city, one that over any city in the world, I'd want to live in...but also within the realm of realism as well. If Boise had made the right moves early on in the 1980's and 1990's during our massive growth boom, I think it would look very much like Pierpont will. The geography will be similar to the Treasure Valley, the valley Boise sits in, except the Boise River (renamed the Pierpont River) will move southward by a few miles.

http://cache.virtualtourist.com/1888...nter-Boise.jpg

Some of the things that makes Pierpont one of the most livable cities in the U.S.:

-Beautiful foothills nearby
-Quick access to ski-resorts and outdoor activities
-Four distinct seasons throughout the year...in the winter it often gets into the single digit temperatures, whereas in the summer, the thermometer often goes above 100 degrees.
-Very dry air, rarely humid (makes a tremendous difference in the summer
-Extensive mass-transit system
-Very active urban nightlife (for a city its size)
-The University of Pierpont is just a mile south of downtown right down the river
-People can float the Pierpont river, a beautiful 3 hour ride that's a popular pastime among Pierpontians.
-Surprisingly large cultural scene, as well as a host of museums and librarys near the central core of downtown.
-Lots and lots of fun stuff to do everywhere you go!!


With the exception of the extensive mass-transit system and the surprisingly large cultural scene (which actually could be considered true, but that's kind of an exaggeration), all of these are traits of Boise, Idaho. So why make Pierpont? Because Boise was a victim of massive urban sprawl. Had our city leaders and electorate voted thinking ahead to the future and away from suburbia and highways, our city could actually have a well planned central core that would be a truly wonderful place to live in (not that it isn't right now anyway).

So Pierpont is an alternate Boise, Idaho...what I think Boise would be if our city was condensed on the same level as Des Moines or Richmond, etc.

http://www.salvationarmy-desmoines.o...moines%203.jpg

Now the bad news:

Unfortunately, being my computer is tragically slow, I'm only going to be able to show single buildings/blocks at a time, for if I try to compile it all together, SU crashes. So my goal now is to build Pierpont one block at a time for about the next 2-3 months or so.

Then, when I finally get a new computer, I'll be able to compile it all together onto a grid I've been designing and make it the best SU city ever blowing Staunton, Gold Coast City, Trinity City and every other pitiful SU city ever made right outta the water!!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!!! *cue evil grin* Just kidding! Just kidding! I keed I keed I keed!!! :haha:

Anyway, now that I've thoroughly bored you with information...screenshots to come shortly!! :D

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Apr 26, 2009 9:20 AM

Also, as a note, I'm going to use real companies in this SU city, many of them with real offices/headquarters in Boise (Micron, HP, Microsoft, etc.)

HP Plaza

Time spent: 3 hours (so far)
Floor count: 27
Date completed: 1983

Completed in 1983 during the early part of the population boom of the 80s-90s-00s, this building was at its time the largest office building and tallest building in Pierpont. But that wouldn't last for long.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/10-2.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/11-1.jpg

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Apr 26, 2009 9:25 AM

Wells Fargo Tower

Time Spent: 2.5 hours so far
Floor count: 17
Year completed: 1986

Yes, this building is a very very blatant ripoff of one of the buildings in Boise, but I just loved the building to much to just forget about it. That'll be a recurring theme among a few of the buildings in Pierpont, some will be alterations on current buildings standing in Boise.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/12-1.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/13-1.jpg

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Apr 26, 2009 9:35 AM

dp

;)

Vellu Apr 26, 2009 12:37 PM

What happened to the Pierpont Building? It was looking extremely good! :yes:

This city sounds really good! Hope you manage to get to the point where you start putting these buildings together, 'cause I can't wait.

AnthonyHarding Apr 26, 2009 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vellu (Post 4216882)
What happened to the Pierpont Building? It was looking extremely good! :yes:

This city sounds really good! Hope you manage to get to the point where you start putting these buildings together, 'cause I can't wait.

I decided to wait a little bit to show it instead...realizing that I was just about showing everything I had...gotta save a little, ya know? Hehe, just think of it as a sneak peak. ;)

Anthony

toyota74 Apr 26, 2009 1:32 PM

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an active and unique riverside area would be sweet...what area or focal point of this city will give it the edge or what have you planned to make
it the place to live??....btw nice buildings...

Austin55 Apr 26, 2009 8:37 PM

Quote:

ever blowing Staunton, Gold Coast City, Trinity City and every other pitiful SU city ever made right outta the water!!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!!!
Ehh, atleast I got some recognition.

Anyway this looks really sweet, with a good mixture of styles Itll turn out really cool.

Flamesrule Apr 29, 2009 9:33 PM

I really like the first building you did!Also will you do updates because it is a really nice city so far!

sketchupaddict Apr 29, 2009 10:56 PM

Will the airport be included?

AnthonyHarding Apr 29, 2009 11:39 PM

Thank you everyone!

Quote:

I really like the first building you did!Also will you do updates because it is a really nice city so far!
Indeed, updates are to be had. Here are some blocks I've been working on. All are a work in progress so far, no finished products, especially the last one. Textures are from http://cgtextures.com/ and Amazing Textures.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/16-1.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/17-1.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/18-2.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/20-2.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/21-1.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by sketchupaddict (Post 4223773)
Will the airport be included?

Indeed! I am currently rebuilding the airport. I'm thinking about a major design change so this may not be the final product...still a major work in progress at the moment.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/19-2.jpg

Anthony

Aleks Apr 30, 2009 1:42 AM

Looks pretty good! Do you plan on brining all your models together and placing them on a single map later on?

treras93 Apr 30, 2009 2:12 AM

Looks awesome! and great textures. are they from your own pictures?

toyota74 Apr 30, 2009 5:29 AM

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nice lowrise blocks...:tup:

Flamesrule Apr 30, 2009 10:54 AM

These are great buildings and they are nice textures!Keep it going!

AnthonyHarding May 18, 2009 12:02 AM

Indeed the whole airport has been revamped and redesigned. The architecture is very different, but the layout is fairly close to the horseshoe layout of Seattle (albeit on one side). I still haven't decided the runway layout though. I have decided to consolidate all the airport updates to this thread.

Pierpont International Airport - KPPN

Concourse A:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75.../Starter15.jpg

Concourse B – Southwest Gates:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...Starter152.jpg

Concourse B - Alaska Gates:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...Starter153.jpg

Concouse B – B1, B3, B5, Delta Gates:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...Starter154.jpg

Overview (so far):

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...Starter155.jpg

Passengers per year - 5.9 million

Airlines and Daily Schedule:

AirTran ----------------------------------------------- B5

ATLANTA - 73G*
ATLANTA - 73G*

Alaska ----------------------------------------------- B2, B4, B6

SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80
SEATTLE - M80

PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80
PORTLAND - M80

SAN FRANCISCO -M80
SAN FRANCISCO -M80

SAN DIEGO - M80
SAN DIEGO - M80

LOS ANGELES - M80
LOS ANGELES - M80

America West ----------------------------------------------- B3

PHOENIX – 319
PHOENIX – 319
PHOENIX – 319
PHOENIX – 319

LAS VEGAS - 319
LAS VEGAS - 319

American ----------------------------------------------- A2, A3


DALLAS FT. WORTH – M80
DALLAS FT. WORTH – M80
DALLAS FT. WORTH – M80

CHICAGO O’HARE – M80
CHICAGO O’HARE – M80

Continental ----------------------------------------------- A4

HOUSTON – 733
HOUSTON – 733
HOUSTON – 733

Delta Air Lines ----------------------------------------------- B7, B8, B9

SALT LAKE CITY – M90
SALT LAKE CITY – 738
SALT LAKE CITY – M90
SALT LAKE CITY – M90
SALT LAKE CITY – M90
SALT LAKE CITY – 738
SALT LAKE CITY – 738
SALT LAKE CITY – M90

ATLANTA – 757

CINCINNATI - 738

Frontier ----------------------------------------------- B1


DENVER - 319
DENVER - 319
DENVER - 319

JetBlue ----------------------------------------------- A10

NEW YORK - JFK - 320
NEW YORK - JFK – 320*

LONG BEACH – E90
LONG BEACH – E90

OAKLAND – E90
OAKLAND – E90

SAN DIEGO – E90

Northwest ----------------------------------------------- A5, A6

MINNEAPOLIS - 320
MINNEAPOLIS - 319
MINNEAPOLIS - 320
MINNEAPOLIS – 320

DETROIT – 319*

Southwest ----------------------------------------------- B10, B11, B12, B12C

SPOKANE – 73G
SPOKANE – 73G
SPOKANE – 73G
SPOKANE – 73G
SPOKANE – 73G
SPOKANE – 73G

SEATTLE – 73G
SEATTLE – 73G
SEATTLE – 73G

PORTLAND – 73G
PORTLAND – 73G
PORTLAND – 73G

LAS VEGAS – 73G
LAS VEGAS – 73G
LAS VEGAS – 73G

SALT LAKE CITY – 73G
SALT LAKE CITY – 73G

RENO – 73G
RENO – 73G
RENO – 73G

OAKLAND – 73G

United Airlines ----------------------------------------------- A1, A7, A8, A9


DENVER - 752
DENVER - 320
DENVER – 320
DENVER - 752
DENVER – 320

CHICAGO O’HARE – 320
CHICAGO O’HARE – 320
CHICAGO O’HARE – 320

WASHINGTON DULLES - 320

SAN FRANCISCO - 735
SAN FRANCISCO - 735
SAN FRANCISCO - 735
SAN FRANCISCO - 735
SAN FRANCISCO - 735

LOS ANGELES - 320
LOS ANGELES - 320

*Seasonal

Possible Additions in the near future:

-Two Parking Garages
-Airport Hotel
-Main Terminal
-Lights (Renderable through Kerkythea of course)
-Airport vehicles
-Runways
-Roadways
-Monorail

Anthony

OllyRogers May 18, 2009 9:50 AM

What, no Allegiant!?

Flamesrule May 18, 2009 11:01 AM

I just love the airport!The design is so crisp and pure!

Flamesrule Jun 2, 2009 11:37 PM

are you still doing the city?I really liked it and thought it was really nice

bbeliko Jun 3, 2009 3:37 AM

As good as always.

AnthonyHarding Jun 3, 2009 3:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flamesrule (Post 4284120)
are you still doing the city?I really liked it and thought it was really nice

Yes! Sorry for the lack of updates, but progress is in fact being made. I've been designing blocks as well as numerous layout plans. While I'm going to refrain from posting screenshots for now, I am in fact, still building the city.

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Jun 5, 2009 8:43 AM

New building!

Actually, this is just one of about seven buildings I've built since the last update, but I'll just give ye a taste of one for now. Still holding out for a new computer so I can compile this bastard into one model. :D

Contrary to the last page, this is the REAL Wells Fargo Tower for Boise. I'll have to find a new name for the old Wells Fargo tower I made.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/22-1.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/23-1.jpg

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Jun 5, 2009 8:45 AM

Meh, why not...here's a shot of one side of a block I finished, though this was done way long ago.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/1-5.jpg

Anthony

Flamesrule Jun 5, 2009 11:09 AM

Wow unbeilieveable work!Also very nice renders!Great detail.I'm speechless1

toyota74 Jun 5, 2009 4:38 PM

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nice buildings...very american:)

AnthonyHarding Jun 10, 2009 2:49 AM

Shot of a work in progress I've spent about 6 hours on so far. About 50% complete so far.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...wk144/24-1.jpg

Anthony

Austin55 Jun 10, 2009 3:03 AM

Edit-nvmd

Aleks Jun 10, 2009 3:04 AM

50%? What else is there to do? The plaza?

AnthonyHarding Jun 10, 2009 3:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aleks (Post 4297559)
50%? What else is there to do? The plaza?

Well, my plan is to build a central plaza in the middle of the block, and have an outer ring of 2-3 story buildings with a similar architectural style to that of the condos. That's the plan so far anyway, haha, let's see if I can successfully implement it the way I envision it. :P

And I also predicted designing the roof would take up a lot more effort than it actually did. I just finished the top levels and roof, so now I'd say I'm at a solid 75-80% done now. I'll post a screenshot of the current update if anyone is interested, and when I'm finished, I'll export it to Kerky and render it! :D

Anthony

AnthonyHarding Jun 10, 2009 5:53 AM

Completed!!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...144/Block5.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...44/Block52.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...44/Block54.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...44/Block53.jpg

Anthony

Flamesrule Jun 10, 2009 11:41 AM

That condo rocks
I can never make my own cities blocks so detailed like yours!Is that your tallest building so far?

Austin55 Jun 10, 2009 5:02 PM

That totally reminds me of Seattle.

AnthonyHarding Jun 10, 2009 7:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Austin55 (Post 4298427)
That totally reminds me of Seattle.

Sweet!! The architectural goal of Pierpont is to maintain a style that is a combination of styles found in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.

Quote:

Originally Posted by flamesrule (Post 4298009)
That condo rocks
I can never make my own cities blocks so detailed like yours!Is that your tallest building so far?

Nah, I've built a 35-ish story building that I have yet to show, but will in the next day or so. That will be the tallest building in Pierpont when I compile it all together.

Anthony

Austin55 Jun 10, 2009 8:13 PM

Oh BTW, I totally just realized that a building texture you used in Keystone is also a texture I made myself for San Felix from L.L

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...57&postcount=1
The Wells Fargo thing, I thought it looked familiar.

AnthonyHarding Jun 12, 2009 12:24 AM

Pierpont Tower

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/4-4.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/5-3.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/6-3.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/7-4.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/8-4.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...awk144/9-4.jpg

Pierpont Tower, the tallest building in the city! Roughly 35 floors, completed in 1994, Pierpont tower is a mixed use building that was part of a city redevelopment plan to energize the core of downtown with new nightlife, a better resteraunt scene, and a host of other improvements that made downtown the best part of Pierpont.

The redevelopment plan was dubbed "The Diamond" and included in it was Pierpont Tower, a very large central plaza for "Kicks After Six", a free weekly concert, food, and fun mini-festival held every Wednesday from 5:30-10:00pm; and a large fountain in the middle. Two office towers grace the northeast and northwest corners of the lot, and on the southeast corner sits a lovely park. (for now :) )

I haven't finished the Diamond yet, but it's under construction. All buildings located in the diamond are, however, complete. I'm also thinking about building a different crown for Pierpont Tower, I feel like something doesn't look right about it. What do y'all think?

One Capital Plaza

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...144/Block6.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...44/Block62.jpg

One Capital Plaza is the building that houses the regional headquarters for Chase Bank. Completed in 1996, it rises 25 stories. (Note, lot isn't fully complete yet, but the main structure is)

Compiled

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...4/roads212.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...44/roads22.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...4/roads213.jpg

To my complete astonishment, my computer was actually holding up long enough for me to compile all the models I've built so far into one city, and I was even able to take a few screenshots before Sketchup crashed on me! Woot! But this won't be the final layout of the city. What you see here was just me throwing it all together without too much thought.

Still, I feel like something is missing, but I don't know what. I still have a convention center planned and at least one tall Art Deco building to build, as well as tons of ideas for future projects, but I think I need to build more bland buildings as a sort of filler for a little while. What do y'all think?

Anthony

Flamesrule Jun 12, 2009 12:47 AM

This is a very creative and detailed building!This is so far by the best city you've done yet!

treras93 Jun 12, 2009 1:10 AM

That awesome Boise! Pierpont is excellent, and the plaza is awesome too
is it residential or just offices with balconies?

not sure that in-ground pool would work there though:P

Austin55 Jun 12, 2009 1:40 AM

!!!OMG!!! dude, you have improved to no end! I could never think of something like that one capital square that is so awesome! I dont much like the shaft and size of the Pierpoint tower but the plaza/podium/crown are all amazing.
Quote:

Kicks After Six
We have that at sundance square here in Fort Worth :haha:

Patrick Jun 12, 2009 10:18 PM

r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-realism!!!!

This city is just amazing, I'm definantly gonna keep my eye on it, I'm just blown away, ahh! I always wanted to make a city like this! Makes me think of Austin or Charlotte.

Flamesrule Jun 13, 2009 7:21 PM

Is this the downtown part of Pierpoint?

AnthonyHarding Jun 13, 2009 11:57 PM

Thank you for the compliments everyone! Very much appreciated! :tup:

Quote:

Originally Posted by treras93
That awesome Boise! Pierpont is excellent, and the plaza is awesome too
is it residential or just offices with balconies?

not sure that in-ground pool would work there though

Thank you! It's mostly a residential building...the main tower part is condos and the base is a 9-story 5-star hotel, but there are some offices located on the first and second floors.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Austin55 (Post 4301432)
!!!OMG!!! dude, you have improved to no end! I could never think of something like that one capital square that is so awesome! I dont much like the shaft and size of the Pierpoint tower but the plaza/podium/crown are all amazing.

We have that at sundance square here in Fort Worth :haha:

Hahaha, no way! I was basing it off of Alive After Five, which we have here in Boise every week. That's awesome!

Quote:

Originally Posted by flamesrule
Is this the downtown part of Pierpoint?

Indeed! Though it will change as I modify the layout of the city to a more realistic grid.

Thanks again everyone!

Anthony

Vellu Jun 14, 2009 2:14 PM

Everything is looking very good! :tup: I actually like the "random" layout and the skyline it produces. I think it looks very realistic. You should consider keeping it.

This is already one of the best cities in here.

Aleks Jun 15, 2009 2:04 AM



Wow! Amazing! I really love this tower. Lookis familiar but I can't really remember from where. Anyways, the layout is actually pretty good. Like Vellu said, the randomness makes it have more of a realistic-city feeling to it.

OllyRogers Jun 15, 2009 10:02 AM

Holy crumbles, that tower is incredible!

Flamesrule Jun 15, 2009 12:18 PM

Are those handmade windows?

AnthonyHarding Jun 19, 2009 7:07 AM

Wow! Thank you so much for the compliments guys! Really helps keep me going!

Quote:

Lookis familiar but I can't really remember from where.
Usually, though not always, when I design a tower, I'll do it with a particular building in mind. I'll pull up some buildings, and I'll take its basic idea, but put a lot of my own changes on it. The Pierpont Tower was very loosely based off of the old 1990's Boise Tower design that was never built.

Quote:

Are those handmade windows?
Si. :)

Here are some projects under construction:

New Idaho State Capitol Building (I really love our existing Capitol Building, but because Pierpont isn't Boise, I decided to build from scratch an all-new Capitol Building. Hey, it'd be a unique challenge for me.). Haha, this is just after 6 hours of solid work...I'm thinking I'll probably spend more time on this building than any single building in Pierpont. I estimate it'll take me 20-30 more hours to complete.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75.../block7-62.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...4/block7-6.jpg

Ooh, and an Art Deco in the works (Plus, when I complete it, I'll give a much more detailed history on the city of Pierpont, and why and how I hope to make it the would-be most architecturally unique city west of the Mississippi).

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75...144/24copy.jpg

Enjoy!

Anthony

Flamesrule Jun 19, 2009 9:00 PM

I LOVe the capitsl building!And the art deco one looks great too!Keep up this work!

Austin55 Jun 19, 2009 10:22 PM

Yur computer is gonna go splodey, but let's hope not. You need to colorized your textures on that deco. And make it more deco-ish, it just looks generic old-school.

Flamesrule Jun 19, 2009 11:23 PM

Austin is right.Even though the building looks really good it needs to be well more art decoish.

AnthonyHarding Jun 21, 2009 6:04 AM

Oh, no worries on the art deco, I have a numerous list of planned things that weren't completed when I exported it to Kerky. I agree it doesn't look entirely art-deco in that shot, but the final product will definately be art deco-esque, even if I have to redesign the building entirely.

I got no shots for today, but progress on the Capitol Building has come along very nicely. I have completed the dome and am about 50% complete with the building itself. I have a feeling that when complete, this will be the best model I've ever designed on Sketchup, both in its massive amount of detail and its complete originality (while similar in architectural styles to many gov't buildings, it's not based off of any existing capitol building).

And I've been writing a short history on what makes Pierpont unique. Much of the information on architecture movements came from wikipedia, and my actual knowledge of architecture is extremely limited, so be kind to my history:

One of the things that makes Pierpont, Idaho stand out from any other american city was the impact of the City Beautiful Movement. In the Pierpont Universe, the city was the location of the 1924 World’s Fair, which was the third largest fair in Expo’s history. While World’s Fair have historically seldom made money for its investors, this one was unique in that it was entirely funded by Phillip Broussard, a dying oil-tycoon who was, at the time, the richest man in the world.

Phillip Broussard spent much of his childhood in Pierpont, and retired there. He wanted to give back to the community, and figured the best way would be to use his funds to bring people to Pierpont for a new World’s fair. He also wanted to make a lasting architectural mark on the city, so to give Pierpont a beautiful and unique identity for the citizens.

Broussard, who had traveled the world and became a great fan of the classical and neo-classical styles of Europe and Washington, D.C.; decided that he’d try and revive the dying City Beautiful movement by getting the world’s greatest architects to gather for the Fair.

Phillip Broussard and the 1924 World’s Fair changed the architecture of Pierpont more than any single two nouns, because many of the great architects opted to stay and retire in Pierpont and further its unique identity. While the City Beautiful movement didn’t catch on as Broussard had hoped in other western cities, Pierpont fostered and encourage it, and beautiful buildings came about.

City landmarks (Year completed / Landmark)

1925: A Large Symphony hall was built, which catapulted Pierpont into becoming one of the biggest cities for symphonic music in the United States
1928: A new art museum is built.
1932: A new State Capitol Building is built.
1933: A memorial for Phillip Broussard is built.
1934: A new courthouse is built.
1935: A new downtown train station is built.
1998: A science/discovery center built as a result of the large tech boom of the late 80’s and 90’s.
2000: A new convention center is built
2005: A new central public library is built

Today, Pierpont's economy is highly diversified. City leaders saw the technological boom and communications revolution of the past two decades as opportunities, and offered greater tax breaks and incentives for companies to relocate their headquarters and offices to Pierpont. As a result, technology development has become the leading sector for jobs and job growth. Companies like HP, Microsoft, Micron, Dell, Sony, IBM, and Apple have headquarters or large regional offices in Pierpont. This is also fueled by the Vale Institute of Technology, a world-class private research university located along the river near downtown Pierpont.

The University of Pierpont, a leading arts school, as well as the Pierpont Symphony Orchestra helped spur the city into becoming a leader in the arts, particularly music. The Pierpont Symphony Orchestra is well known for playing music that makes it way on film, and as such, film composers like John Williams, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Edward Shearmur, Howard Shore and John Debney are frequent visitors to the city.


(Landmarks and facts may change as the city is built)

Anthony


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