Request For Statements Of Qualifications (Vancouver Airport Authority)

Deadline extended to December 22, 2011.


Reference No. 11-ENG-909

Architectural Design Services


The Vancouver Airport Authority invites Statements of Qualifications from architectural firms interested in providing design services for a new Airport Operations Centre to be located in the Domestic Terminal Building at Vancouver International Airport.  The project involves fit-out of about 600 square metres of existing space, with an estimated construction value between $2 and 3 million.  Firms with experience in the design of centralized command/control centres, operations control rooms or network operations centres are encouraged to submit.  This Request for Statements of Qualifications is the first step in a two-stage process, leading to the selection of a design team.  Following analysis of the responses, a ‘short-list’ of firms will participate in the subsequent Request for Proposal stage.  The firm ultimately selected by the Airport Authority will provide full architectural and engineering services for design and construction phase the project, as directed by the Airport Authority.

A detailed Request for Statements of Qualifications information document, which includes general information, scope of services, submittal requirements and the selection process, is available from Vancouver Airport Authority, by contacting Elena Alvarez, Senior Buyer, by fax at 604-276-6596 or by email at

Submissions will be evaluated at the discretion of the Airport Authority based on the information contained in the submissions and a shortlist of architectural firms will be invited to submit a detailed proposal.

The Statements of Qualifications responses are due before 2:00 p.m. local time, on 22 December, 2011.

Advisory Design Panel Appointment

The AIBC congratulates Harold Owens MAIBC who was nominated by the AIBC and has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Richmond Advisory Design Panel effective January 1, 2012. Thank you to all applicants who expressed interest in volunteering to represent the profession.

Lessons in Urban Wayfinding

As cities become denser and more complex, there is a growing need for them to be livable, accessible, efficient, and optimized to reduce carbon. Benchmark projects like “Legible London” have demonstrated how wayfinding design can effectively contribute to these goals through multidisciplinary collaboration and innovative partnerships. In this lunch-and-learn session, Craig Berger of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York will share his experiences leading successful projects using strategies to enable, finance and deploy large-scale public projects. Transportation planner and engineer Adrian Bell of Applied will discuss how wayfinding is becoming a strategic issue for cities, helping them become more accessible and inclusive to active forms of travel such as walking and cycling. The lecture will also address how interior designers, architects, landscape architects, and exhibition designers can engage in the urban realm. Learn from two of the leading practitioners in urban wayfinding design how a holistic approach to identity, brand and wayfinding can contribute to a cities’ competitive edge. The date: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Ironworks Studios, 235 Alexander Street, Vancouver. The cost is $25 ($20 for Society for Environmental Graphic Design members, and $10 for students), lunch included. Seating is limited, so please register early at

Public Talk: Urban Screens & City Building

Berlin-based urban media researcher Mirjam Struppek will present “The Growing Global Phenomenon of Urban Screens”, offering a look at crucial issues such as rethinking content, ownership, infrastructure and careful integration in the urban environment. Struppek, who works internationally as an urbanist, researcher and curator, is the founder of the International Urban Screens Association. She is an advocate for using screens in public spaces for cultural content as well as site-specific and interactive screening projects. In this free public presentation, international examples showcased in past urban screens and media facades festivals will be shared as experiments in this growing field of urban digital culture. It takes place Friday, December 2, 7:00 p.m. in the Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus, 13450-102 Avenue (just south of the Surrey Central SkyTrain station). While admission is free, seating is limited; please pre-register at

Lightworks Seminars

Lightworks invites you to its upcoming seminars: “How to Create an Online Presence” and “Lighting Trends: New Technology, New Ideas”. Both will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the University of British Columbia Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver. The afternoon’s first seminar will offer an introduction to online marketing, including key concepts and strategies for creating an Internet presence and time for a question-and-answer session. Specific topics include creating a website, building a blog and generating content. Afterwards, lighting designer Margot Richards will examine the possibilities of new technologies in lighting. Of particular interest to architects and interior designers, this seminar will also look at the role new lighting technologies play in meeting energy use mandates. The cost for the entire event is $35 ($30 for AIBC registrants). Refreshments provided, and pre-registration is required. To confirm your attendance, please r.s.v.p. by e-mail to Nicole Meints at