ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition

The ARC competition invites international teams of design professionals to address new design challenges in the coalescent issues of road transportation safety, structural engineering, wildlife conservation and landscape ecology.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Bridge
Country United States
RegDeadline 30 July 2010 GoogleCal iCal
30 July 2010 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Interdisciplinary design teams—comprised of landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists, and other experts

Specifically, ARC seeks innovation in feasible, buildable, context-sensitive and compelling design solutions for safe, efficient, cost-effective, and ecologically responsive highway crossings for wildlife. In the broadest context, ARC will challenge competitors to reweave landscapes for wildlife using new methods, new materials, and new thinking. In doing so, the ARC competition aims to raise international awareness of a need to better reconcile human and wildlife mobility through a more creative, flexible and innovative system of road and habitat networks in our landscapes.


The jury will be chaired by Charles Waldheim, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.

The winning design selected for the competition site may be implemented at the West Vail Pass location or it may be utilized at additional or different sites along the I-70 corridor at the discretion of CDOT, pending the results of the appropriate National Environmental Policy Act documentation.

The winning team, whose submission is decided upon by the jury, will also receive a prize of US$40,000 subject to the conditions set out in the Phase 2 Brief.

All short-listed teams invited to participate in Phase 2 of the design competition who submit a complete concept design proposal will be awarded a US$15,000 honorarium, subject to the conditions set out in the Phase 2 Brief.

Entry Fee

Using no more than sixteen (16) pages of 8.5” x 11”, or eight (8) pages of 8.5” x 11” if double-sided, each respondent team is asked to submit an Expression of Interest document that highlights the team’s unique strengths, talents, design approach and philosophy and breadth of knowledge and experience.

Submission Address
ARC International Design Competition
c/o Western Transportation Institute (WTI)
Road Ecology Program Area
Montana State University
PO Box 174250
Bozeman, MT 59717-4250

Short list of 4-6 finalist teams to be announced: September 6, 2010
Design competition begins: September 6, 2010
Winner announced: January 2011


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