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San Francisco-based EDAW, a member of the Tianhong Bidding Joint Venture, announced its selection to develop the master plan for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Aquatic Park and lead an international design team. EDAW's international presence in Asia, where it has seven offices, favored the firm's selection. EDAW also has 14 offices in the U.S., two in the U.K., three in Australia. The site of the Olympic Aquatic Park, which will be the venue for the canoe and kayak events at the 29th Olympic Games in 2008, covers 302.7 hectares adjacent to the Olympic equestrian center and the Chao Bai River in Ma Po, a town in the Shunyi District of Beijing. EDAW's international planning and design team included landscape architects, urban designers, and planners from EDAW's Shanghai office, with support from the San Francisco, Hong Kong and Beijing offices, in addition to consultant teams from Hong Kong, the U.S., States, Australia, and France. Zhanglei, principal leader of the Tianhong Bidding Joint Venture, asserted that EDAW's selection reflected the firm's "fully integrated master planning approach," and what he called the "ideals of green, hi-tech and people while ensuring greater benefits for the nation, Beijing and Shunyi itself." Zhanglei predicted the design would satisfy the needs of the Olympic athletes and water sports enthusiasts for years to come. It will also certainly attract economic growth to the river town of Shunyi. Future expansion of the Aquatic Park includes a residential and commercial district. Andross Chan, EDAW Shanghai managing principal and project director, said the overall design concept is a sustainable Olympic river town with strong emphasis on environmental protection and basic infrastructure. "Our scheme draws from Shunyi's culture, history, commerce and the natural river setting to identify a range of international-class recreational experiences and facilities that will appeal to local, national and international visitors." Beijing's Olympic Aquatic Park is the latest entry to the firm's list of Olympic projects. In August 2003, the London Development Agency appointed EDAW to produce the master plan for the proposed 2012 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games in east London. "The Olympics provides more than a short burst of tourism for its host cities," noted Joe Brown, EDAW president and CEO. "Past projects like Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and Newington Olympic Village in Sydney were designed for their prolonged use and have, in turn, become economic centers. We are proud to be a continuing part of the Olympic Games."

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