By Times Colonist Staff
Times Colonist (Victoria),
May 07, 2002

The chief architect for Victoria's proposed new arena will tour the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Saanich today to look at its environmental design.

Leo Mariotto, from Burnaby-based ICR Architects and Project Consultants, said he is open-minded about incorporating green elements in the $30-million multiplex and is interested in seeing the hi-tech facility first hand. The $12-million park, developed by BC Buildings Corp., a provincial Crown corporation, won a gold medal this year from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Councillors Pam Madoff and Denise Savoie, who have been pushing for the arena to be built to the latest environmental standards are meeting with Mariotto to press their point.

"At this point we're really open to all these ideas," Mariotto said. "But it's too early to say exactly what features will be included in the final design", he said.

"Environmental technology like energy-efficient heating and lighting and systems that conserve water can pay for themselves over the life of the project", he said.

Mariotto's company is the project manager and design consultant for the 7,000-seat arena planned to replace Memorial Arena.