ARC Wildlife Crossing Design Competition Designs revealed

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition unveiled its five finalist designs for a next generation wildlife crossing at West Vail Pass. The first-ever international design competition is intended to solve the problem of ensuring safe travel for humans and wildlife. Collisions between vehicles and wildlife have increased by 50 percent in the past 15 years threatening human and wildlife safety, and costing Americans $8 billion dollars annually.

The  ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition has selected five finalist teams to progress to Phase 2 of the competition, commencing September 7th, 2010. The finalist teams were chosen from 36 team submissions from nine countries, representing over 100 firms worldwide. The five teams in contention include more than a dozen firms in four countries.

The five finalist teams are:

ARC Vail - Balmori
Balmori Associates (New York)

HNTB Engineering with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York)
The Olin Studio (Philadelphia)
ARC Vail - JRA
Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto)
ARC Vail - ZRA
Zwarts & Jansma (Amsterdam)

“All five teams responded to the challenge, we now have a thoughtful and robust foundation for the next  generation of wildlife crossing structures,” said Jury Chair Charles Waldheim, chair of landscape  architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

The winning design team will be announced at the Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on January 23, 2011.
The Finalists Competition submissions are available from ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition
For more plans & images of the designs


HNTB Engineering with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York)

Olin Studio

Janet Rosenberg & Associates

Zwarts & Jansma

SOURCE: ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition

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