By Anthony Capkun
October 25, 2014 – The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to investigate new lighting technology and capabilities to improve the overall illumination of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls.
“By undertaking this RFQ, we hope to learn more about what can be done to further shine a positive light on Niagara for all our visitors, so they can truly appreciate the beauty and majesty that is Niagara Falls at night,” said Jim Diodati, mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, Ont., and chair of the board.
Currently, both Falls are lit using Xenon light technology. As it undertakes this process, the board would like to assess what new technologies could be used to enhance or upgrade the existing lighting systems now in place, as well as the potential for improvements in energy efficiency. (It has been almost 20 years since the Illumination Board made a major investment in lighting technology.)
The RFQ has been developed to assist the board in identifying experienced, capable and qualified lighting firms to provide information on how the lighting of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls can be improved or enhanced. Based on the submissions received, firms must demonstrate expertise in the lighting selection design, construction technology and successful implementation of similar projects in other jurisdictions. This RFQ will also be used to pre-qualify firms for any subsequent RFP that may be issued with respect to the enhancement of the illumination of both Falls.
Those interested in participating in the RFQ can obtain more information and register via the MERX procurement database.
Established in 1925, The Niagara Falls Illumination Board is made up of representatives from the City of Niagara Falls, Ont., City of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and The Niagara Parks Commission. It is the board’s responsibility and mandate to finance and maintain the nightly illumination of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.
Photo © The Niagara Parks Commission.