Mayor okays design competition for convention center

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has approved the City Council Resolution 111, series of 2017, which calls on design firms, architects, engineers, urban planners and students to participate in an open public design competition for the Baguio Convention Center.

Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon broached the idea in line with the City’s plan to rehabilitate the city-owned convention facility that was built in 1977 and is now fast deteriorating.

“The rehabilitation of the structure is long overdue and its modernization can go hand in hand with the preservation of its historical and architectural significance. A well-thought-out financial strategy and marketing plan is vital to secure its economic sustainability,” Yaranon said.

She said a design competition open to the public will enable the city to select and award the most suitable proposal for upgrading the convention center.

The competition will run for five months and the design criteria will be anchored on finding the best balance among “preservation, modernization and costs” to achieve the following results: An increased public interest for the structure and its current condition; a public discussion about its current use and future function; a fair and transparent competition leading to a widely accepted result and a design proposal selected based on professional assessment as well as public opinion.

The winning design will be given priority consideration in the repair and rehabilitation of the convention facility. (Aileen P. Refuerzo)
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