January 4, 2005
by Canadian Architect
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) is the sponsor of a bi-national environmental process to increase capacity between Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, Ontario. It announced that it will invite bridge designers and architects from around the world to participate in an international bridge design competition to select the final bridge type and complete the final bridge design and tender documents for a new international bridge crossing the 620-metre-wide Niagara River at the Peace Bridge.
The Peace Bridge Authority commenced the bi-national Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Screening Report (DEIS/ESR) process in January 2001. The full project includes construction of a new bridge (subject of the design competition), new US plaza and connecting roadways.
“This effort to reach out to the finest architects and planners around the globe significantly expands the search for the best bridge design,” said Peace Bridge Authority Chairman Paul Koessler. “The goal of everyone working on the expansion project is to create a truly magnificent and vibrant international crossing that reflects the bi-national community."
Expressions of interest will be solicited early in 2005 and a shortlist of firms will be selected to compete in the design competition, starting in March or April, with each receiving a stipend. Since the bi-national environmental process released conceptual bridge designs in the spring of 2004, thousands of people have participated in public workshops and a public polling process, and have commented via the internet at www.PeaceBridgeX.com. All of the public input to date as well as the technical requirements for the new bridge will be documented in the DEIS/ESR, which will be part of the parameters for the bridge design competition.
"The technical work and comprehensive public input to date is the foundation of the environmental process and will be used by the competing design firms in their submissions," said Peace Bridge Authority General Manager Ron Rienas. "All of the current designers who worked on initial concepts are eligible for the competition and are encouraged to compete."
Interested design firms should contact the Peace Bridge Expansion Project office in the US and Canada at 1.888.275.3360. Please visit www.PeaceBridgeX.com for additional information.