Brazilian Navy and IAB are calling for a public architecture bidding and supplementary designs aimed at the reconstruction of the Brazilian Scientific Station in Antarctica

January 24, 2013 -- The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) and the Brazilian Navy have officially launched last tuesday, January 22, the Comandante Ferraz Antartic Station Bidding aiming to select the best project for reconstruction of the facilities of Brazilian scientific station in Antarctica.

The event was attended by IAB president architect Sérgio Magalhães; bidding general coordinator architect Luiz Fernando Janot; the Navy Commander and Coordinator of the Inter-Ministry Commission for Sea Resources, admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto; the Secretary of the Inter-Ministry Commission for Sea Resources, rear admiral Marco Silva Rodrigues; the vice-admiral and Navy director of Civil Works Liseo Zampronio; the secretary of Development Research Policies and Programs of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), doctor Carlos Nobre; and the Secretary of Biodiversity and Forestry of the Ministry of the Environment (MMA), doctor Roberto Cavalcanti.

The call for bidding will be published on January 28 and enrollment for the bidding will be open until March 14 to Brazilian and foreign architects associated to Brazilian architecture offices. The international nature of the contest aims at furthering the interaction between specialists from several countries thereby encouraging innovation and adding advanced technological resources to the project. In order to achieve this goal, the call for bidding will include a Term of Reference requiring the establishment of multidisciplinary teams of specialists coordinated by the architect in charge of project design.

“A public bidding of projects is the best way to look for the desired quality, in line with the significance reached by Brazilian science and technology and, above all by the leading geopolitical role our country has been playing. A good environment is critical to the comfort of researchers and the well being of teams. By following this course of action we will certainly reach the best result possible,” IAB president Sérgio Magalhães said.

The task of demolishing the old station facilities ended on January 12, precisely on the day of the 31st aniversary of Proantar. The reconstruction will start next summer, in November of 2012, and should be completed in 2014. According to the Navy Commander, a R$ 100 million grant was allocated to the construction and the precise value will be defined by the executive project. This estimation was based on the most recent and similar international experiences.

“The Antarctic operation is the largest logistics endeavor undertaken in these  31 years of the Proantar program. Because of its knowledge and experience the IAB is a strategic partner assisting us in selecting the project that best responds to Term of Reference requirements. I am convinced we will have a modern and technologically advanced station in full conformity with all the safety requirements," the Navy Commander said.

MMA secretary, doctor Roberto Cavalcanti, reported that the operation in Antarctica poses a significant challenge to Brasil. The partnership between the Navy, the ministry and other institutions has allowed Brazil to keep a suitable position in the Antarctic continent.

“Brazil will remain indefinitely in the Antarctica. What we are doing now will result in further qualification allowing us to increase our presence with the collaboration of other nations. The project of the new station is an icon our Country can and will build,“ doctor Roberto Cavalcanti said.

Station reconstruction also relies on the political and financial support provided by Parliamentary Coalition for Support to the Antarctic Program. The MCTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) is also directly involved and, according to the secretary of Development Research Policies and Programs of the ministry, doctor Carlos Nobre, the partnership with the Navy is critical to enable Brazil to further develop the capacity it needs to engage in researches in Antarctica.

“In recent years the most important aspect of the Brazilian Antarctic program has reached full maturity, that is, the capability required to generate knowledge independently, relying on international support. We have today in Brazil an expressive and qualified community of researchers working on the Antarctic theme. The architects should bear in mind that besides safety and sustainability, the key objective of the station is support to research. I am fully convinced that we will soon have a successful project,” the secretary said.

Located in the Keller Peninsula, inside the Admiralty Bay, in King George Island, the operations at the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic station started 28 years ago with the purpose of providing support to research in Antarctica. The scientific community of station users is formed by specialists in several fields of knowledge, such as oceanography, meteorology, biology, geology, chemistry and architecture.

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