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ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition Officially Launched

ARC competition challenges design teams to reweave landscape for wildlife in a cost-effective manner using new methods, new materials, and new thinking.

Design teams have been invited to submit their expression of interest in the first-ever wildlife crossing infrastructure design competition to be held in North America.

The call for expressions of interest can be downloaded from, the hub for all official information about the ARC competition. Expressions of interest must be received by 4:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time) on July 30, 2010,  in order to be considered. The site of the competition will be along Interstate 70 (I-70) near West Vail Pass, Colorado. This will be a challenging location along a busy road at high elevation in the midst of the Rocky Mountains and which is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

ARC is a two-phased competition: Phase One is the call for expressions of interest, emphasizing qualifications and design approach; Phase Two is the intensive design exercise undertaken by the finalist teams selected from Phase One.

“We hope the challenge to address the needs of ecology, transportation, safety, and infrastructure simultaneously will prove irresistible to the best and the brightest designers from around the world,” says Toronto-based Ryerson University’s Professor Nina-Marie Lister, ARC’s official competition advisor.

Design teams must meet certain criteria in order to qualify. For example, they must include registered, professionally-licensed landscape architects and structural engineers, and they may opt to include professional architects as well as other specializations. The expectation is that wildlife biologists, ecologists, transportation specialists and other experts will broaden the teams’ interdisciplinary design approach. In Phase Two, design teams must include at least one firm licensed to practice in the state of Colorado.

An honorarium of $15,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists selected from Phase One. The winning design team from Phase Two will receive $40,000 at a public recognition ceremony during the National Academies' Transportation Research Board's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2011 and will be considered pre-qualified by the Colorado Department of Transportation in any subsequent Request for Proposals to develop and implement a wildlife crossing structure along I-70.

For more information, see LAND’s past coverage.

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