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County Government Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center International Competition

2013-12-27

Announce Department:General Affairs Department

County Government Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center International Competition
2013/11/5
Reporter Xu Jia-tie, Taipei

Kinmen County Government held an information session at Taipei International Convention Center yesterday for a request for proposals, or RFPs for Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center International Competition. During the session, the county informed the media and architecture firms in Taiwan or abroad of the project plan and the international competition for the architectural design of the passenger center. Magistrate Li Wo-shih of Kinmen thanked the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for its strong support and approval of NT$1.874 billion for the construction of the passenger service center. The county has adopted an international competition for the architectural design of the project. It has solicited bids from large architect firms around the globe. Magistrate Li welcomed superior design teams to compete to custom build for the nation a gateway to maritime transportation to be located in Kinmen, a place that saw much military action and has emerged with glory. The center will evolve into an important tourist attraction in Kinmen.

At three o’clock yesterday afternoon, the Public Works Department of Kinmen County hosted an information session at Taipei International Convention Center yesterday for a request for proposals, or RFPs for Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center International Competition for the media and the representatives of architect firms from Taiwan and abroad. Magistrate Li Wo-shih led Director Xu Hong-zhi of Public Works Department, Director Li Zai-hang of Education Department, Director Chen Chao-jin of Civil Affairs Department, Director Yang Zhen-wu of Tourism Department, Director Chen Ying-bin of Civil Service Ethics Department, and Director Xu Zheng-fang of Harbor Bureau to attend the session and gave a complete presentation about the project to the audience everything about the project. County aldermen Lin Jin-liang and Chen Cang-jiang also made the special trip to attend.

Magistrate Li welcomed as his guests Deputy Director Li Yun-wan of Maritime and Port Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Vice President Huang Qing-he of Chienkuo Technology University, Director Xu Jun-mei of the National Association of Architects, Cai Ren-je of New Taipei City Association of Architects, President Li Jin-zhen of National Quemoy University, directors of various Associations of Kinmen Expatriates in Taiwan, the representatives of various architect firms, and the media.

Envoy Misael Vallecillo González of Embassy of the Republic of Honduras in Taiwan and Ambassador and first secretary of São Tomé and Príncipe to the Republic of China Antonio Quintas also attended to learn more about their respective country’s participation, and Magistrate Li warmly welcomed them. Envoy Misael said that the news of the event attracted him to come to collect relevant, detailed information for architects in his own country. He also said that he would encourage good architects in his country to participate in the competition for opportunities to be selected.

Magistrate Li pointed out that the project to build the Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center is a significant construction project for transportation, with the full support of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Magistrate Li said that, under the Mini Three Links policy, many people in Taiwan and China have passed through Kinmen to visit the other side, and consequently Shuitou has become the largest harbor in Taiwan for domestic passenger transportation. Shuitou commercial port has also become an important gateway to the development of Kinmen as well as an important station for entering or exiting Taiwan.

Magistrate Li said that the Executive Yuan has strongly supported the various construction projects for the Shuitou Harbor in recent years. Now the construction of the harbor is about to conclude, Kinmen County Government is responsible for opening a new passenger transportation center. Magistrate Li thanked the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for its strong support of the construction cost of NT$1.874 billion for the construction of the passenger service center. The ministry also at the same time granted permission for the county to develop the newly reclaimed land of about 70 hectares in the rear end of the harbor. This area will become very important in the future economic development in Kinmen.

Magistrate Li said that Kinmen County Government cherishes the precious land for development, and it intends to learn from the new high-rise harbor buildings in Kaohsiung and Keelung Harbors. It will adopt an international competition to solicit the best designs from great architects around the globe. Magistrate Li hoped that the construction of the Shuitou Harbor district would pave the way for it to become not only an important nexus in the transportation between Taiwan and China, but also an important tourist attraction in the development of tourism in Kinmen.

Magistrate Li said that Kinmen would play a pivotal role in the exchanges between the two sides, and the construction of the Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center would play a special role in this process of mutual exchanges. He welcomed superior international and domestic design teams to take part in this meaningful competition, to submit their best designs that would materialize in Kinmen, to create a landmark for the national gateway to maritime transportation, and to provide a core of propulsion for Kinmen’s tourist industry.

Director Xu Jun-mei of the National Association of Architects said that he was delighted to join the information session for the Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center. He urged architects in Taiwan to join this rare and challenging bidding competition. He said that Kinmen used to convey an image of a war zone, but, as anyone who had visited Kinmen in the last few years would appreciate, it has become a shiny, floating garden of ecology and tourism. Under the wise stewardship of Magistrate Li, various construction projects have been in progress vigorously, and the Port of Kinmen, Passenger Service Center in particular would become an international landmark that would represent Kinmen. The NT$1.874 billion total budget for the construction of the project would go out to bid on an international basis for the very best design in the world. He looked forward to seeing Taiwanese architects to take part, to strut their stuff, to stand on an international platform and show the unique capabilities of Taiwanese architects, and to get the opportunity to be tested among the best of competition.

Xu Jun-mei said that though foreign architects won the last few international design competitions, Taiwanese architects still possess the advantages of being the home team, they possess unique emotional ties and understanding of local flavors in nature and humanity. These would be advantages that they would absolutely have over foreign teams. He hoped that Taiwanese architects would not be absent from such a rare opportunity.

Architect Zheng Ming-yu provided an explanation of the design competition, a brief introduction of the tract, and the space requirements and principles of the design. Zheng said that the NT$1.874 billion total construction budget for the passenger service center would go through a two-stage bidding process, with the top winner scheduled to be picked out in April 2014. The center would elevate the quality of passenger service for the travels between Kinmen and Xiamen under the Minor Three Links, and it would further help promote the development of tourism in Kinmen.

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