CAPAS, Tarlac: The New Clark City (NCC) Athletics Stadium was nominated for another category in the World Architecture Festival slated on December 1 to 3 at FIL Exhibition Center in Lisbon, Portugal.

Following its previous nomination for architecture in the Sport-Completed Buildings Category last July, the stadium will also be vying for the Engineering Prize of the international award-giving body.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon commended the agency's development partner and architectural consultant, MTD Philippines and Budji+Royal Architecture+Design, respectively, for the world-class sports facility.

He said the nomination is another feather added to BCDA's cap on top of the Sport-Completed Building shortlisting.

"For the New Clark City Athletics Stadium to be recognized at such a high level not only for its architectural brilliance but also for its structural quality is a nod towards the thousands of engineers, designers and workers who completed this facility within a short period of time," Dizon added.

The facility was constructed in compliance with international design codes and standards within 18 months. MTD Chairman Isaac David expressed his gratitude for another recognition and opportunity to showcase the athletics stadium on the global stage.

"We are truly grateful for the opportunity and privilege to have partnered with the BCDA for the development of the National Government Administrative Center, including sports and non-sports facilities. We're also glad to have chosen Budji+Royal Architecture+Design as design consultants," he said.

Meanwhile, Budji+Royal Principal Architect and CEO Royal Pineda championed his fellow Filipino architects and engineers in the achievements of the structure, saying they are currently working with MTD to prepare for the presentation to get the stories on how the vision challenged them all.

"This is what's great about having a common vision; we're committed to work together to overcome all challenges just to make it happen. To recall the journey is both inspiring and rewarding," he said.

NCC Athletics Stadium, which was inspired by the caldera of Mount Pinatubo, the contours of the Sierra Madre Range and details of the parol of Pampanga, is the first major sports hub constructed by the government since the Rizal Sports Complex in 1934.