Calgary Convention Centre Authority takes first steps toward expanded convention centre facilities in downtown Calgary



    CALGARY, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - The Calgary Convention Centre Authority (CCCA)
has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Prime Consultant Services to
assist the CCCA in selecting functional programmers with demonstrated
expertise in developing convention and tradeshow facilities.
    This is in response to the decision by the Board of the CCCA to take the
first steps to site, design, build and operate expanded convention centre
facilities to complement the existing facilities in downtown Calgary.
    "Regardless of when construction might begin in the future, planning for
the future is essential if the Calgary Convention Centre Authority is to
remain competitive in the convention business," said Chair Laurel Wood. "Other
convention centre facilities across Canada and the United States are
expanding, and we need to look to the future as well. This is the first step,"
she added.
    In November of last year, City Council approved funding in the amount of
$156,000 to begin this process, noted Alderman Bob Hawkesworth, Council's
representative on the CCCA Board.
    The RFP will lead to the selection of a Prime Consulting Team to assist
the CCCA in selecting a potential site for expanded facilities, as well as
develop the Master Plan and building design. It is anticipated that a report
on their activities will be submitted to the Board of the CCCA and City
Council by the end of the year.
    An independent selection panel, chaired by Mr. Bob Holmes, will make a
recommendation on the successful applicant to the CCCA Board by the end of
May.

    
    The detailed Request for Proposals may be viewed at the following
websites:

    - www.calgary-convention.com
    - www.purchasingconnection.ca
    - www.merx.com
    





For further information:

For further information: Heather Lundy, Director of Marketing, Calgary
TELUS Convention Centre, Email: heatherl@calgary-convention.com, Phone: (403)
261-8514; Harold Perrin, Vice-President, Stantec, Email:
Harold.perrin@stantec.com

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