CMLC Announces Conceptual Bridge Design Competition

    New pedestrian bridge to increase connectivity in inner city

    CALGARY, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)
today launched another exciting step in the ongoing rejuvenation of the Rivers
District, which includes East Village, with the opening of the St. Patrick's
Island Bridge conceptual design competition. CMLC is seeking submissions for
the creation of a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists from qualified
candidates who demonstrate cost effective, innovative design with
consideration for safety, connectivity, aesthetics and common design
guidelines. The competition opens today and the deadline for the conceptual
submissions is Monday, September 14, 2009. All design guidelines and criteria
are available on the CMLC website at
    "The design and construction of the St. Patrick's Island Bridge is an
important component of the infrastructure improvements that we are making in
the inner city," comments Chris Ollenberger, President and CEO, CMLC. "We felt
that a design competition for this bridge would not only stimulate interest in
our revitalization efforts, but would also encourage the participation of
talented designers with innovative and creative concepts."
    The link over the Bow River must connect East Village with the north
shore of the Bow River and have a landing onto St. Patrick's Island. The
bridge will be an important pedestrian and cyclist connector for many
communities and pathway users throughout the inner city. It will replace an
older existing bridge near the west end of St. Patrick's Island which does not
currently offer a direct connection to the north bank of the Bow River, and
has some existing constraints.
    CMLC will invite all Calgarians to view and comment on the competition
submissions through the CMLC website. Calgarians will also have the
opportunity to view and comment on the shortlisted designs when they are
presented at an open house later this fall. And, comments provided to CMLC
will be considered part of CMLC's evaluation process to determine which
conceptual design will proceed forward to the design, approval and
construction phases. The bridge is tentatively scheduled to be built by 2011.

    Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is the developer responsible
for managing the rejuvenation of the Rivers District, which includes the
development of a vibrant, mixed-use, inner city community in Calgary's East
Village. Incorporated in 2007, CMLC operates as an independent developer and
over the next 10 - 15 years will bring new energy to Calgary's oldest
neighbourhood and redefine the city's core.
    For more information on CMLC, visit

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Lynn Cox,
Cohn & Wolfe, (403) 228-6688, (403) 462-2311 (cell),;
Susan Veres, CMLC, (403) 718-0300, (403) 807-1007 (cell),

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