Stantec to conduct landmark ecological study

Environmental Expert reports

Environmental consulting and engineering firm Stantec has announced its plans to launch a significant pilot study focused on evaluating bat and bird movements off the coast of Maine. The project, the first phase of which will run from late July through October this year, will collect data on migration patterns of bats and birds in the Gulf of Maine….. It is designed to help provide baseline data for the planning of offshore wind projects in the region…

SOURCE: Environmental Expert

Oshawa teens try their hand at urban planning

newsdurhamregion.com reports

When it comes to buying basic essentials in downtown Oshawa, a trio of local teens recently learned that it can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Megan Swift, Shaneh Fielding and Kaytlyn Sollows were among more than 60 young people who spent the past few months helping the Province of Ontario learn more about what’s right and what’s wrong with cities…….

SOURCE:  newsdurhamregion.com – Oshawa teens try their hand at urban planning.

NYC:uncapped – Landscape Architect finds alternative for uncapping hydrants

Urban Omnibus » NYC Uncapped reports

Adrienne Cortez is a landscape architect whose work explores themes of urban sustainability and the use of existing infrastructure as a framework for deploying green technologies. Last year she received a New York State Council on the Arts Independent Projects grant to pursue research on that quintessential urban summer pastime of playing in the rushing waters ………..

to find more information go to the SOURCE: NYC:uncapped and Urban Omnibus » NYC Uncapped.

Found this information VIA David Pinter‘s post at PSFK – Landscape Architect Imagines Eco-Friendly Alternative to Hydrant Uncapping who found it VIA [pruned]

Firms submit plans for Port of Charleston’s Passenger Terminal

Charleston, SC – The effort to improve and enhance the Port of Charleston’s Passenger Terminal is advancing as six urban planning firms have submitted proposals to update a portion of the master plan for the terminal and the surrounding area.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) is seeking to upgrade the Passenger Terminal to more effectively meet new security requirements, as well as to better serve the market needs of its cruise customers.  To this end, the SCSPA and the City of Charleston have launched a collaborative effort and are working closely on the project.

On June 16, the SCSPA requested proposals from recognized planning and urban design firms that are familiar with and have worked within the City of Charleston.  Seven firms were asked to bid on updating a portion of the 1996 master plan that covers about nine acres in downtown Charleston around the Passenger Terminal.

The six firms that submitted plans by the Thursday deadline were:

The SCSPA and the City will jointly evaluate and select the winning firm in the coming weeks and will work with the firm and the community to update the plan by early 2010.  With the updated plan in hand, the SCSPA will seek development partners interested in portions or all of the nine acres.  This private-sector development will help fund improvements and upgrades to the Passenger Terminal.

The existing Passenger Terminal was built in 1971 and has served Charleston’s cruise business well over the years.  However, post-9/11 federal security requirements have introduced new facility requirements, while ship sizes have increased and passengers have greater expectations for cruise facilities.

Importantly, the project supports the SCSPA’s core mission of developing new maritime business.

SOURCE: SCSPA – PORT OF CHARLESTON

BMI/pace hired for Parry Sound streetscape works

BMI/pace have been selected to upgrade the streets of Parry Sound as apart of the 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario.

The streetscape works are budgeted for $700,000 from the total $50-million G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. Most of the $50 million will be spent on the Expansion of Huntsville Centennial Centre to create G8 Centre, Huntsville budgeted at $16.7 million. (figures from Industry Canada)

VIA parrysound.com

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