Pregame Show

by Paul Tarricone, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 8, Pg. 34-37

Document Type: Feature article


The 1996 Summer Olympics are still two years off, but Atlanta's painstaking preparation is in full swing. One key element is a carefully crafted construction program. The Olympics will require more than $500 million worth of construction, including dormitories at Georgia Tech to create the Olympic Village and a new stadium for track and field events, and opening and closing ceremonies. Unlike previous hosts Montreal and Barcelona, Atlanta has adopted an event mentality vs. a creation of permanent facilities, regarding construction. There are several key principles guiding the construction program: a reliance on existing and temporary facilities; the need to ensure no net cost to taxpayers; and the wish to maximize the legacy of the Olympics by creating facilities that can be easily adapted for other uses after the games. An example of this is the $209 million Olympic Stadium--the first facility in the world designed from the outset to serve as two different, single-sport stadiums in its lifetime. After hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the track-and-field events, the 85,000-seat structures will be partially demolished and reconfigured to create a 48,000-seat baseball stadium for 1997.

Subject Headings: Stadiums and sport facilities | Developing countries | Existing buildings | Construction costs | Building design | Georgia | United States | Montreal | Quebec | Canada | Atlanta

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