An Olympic Endeavor

by Brian Fortner, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 8, Pg. 48-53

Document Type: Feature article


Although some of the venues for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, already exist, three sites in particular are either being built from scratch or will replace outdated or unusable facilities. The three venues couldn't be more different. One involves converting pasturelend to a world-class cross-country skiing and biathlon course. Another includes building two ski jumps that share a common landing area on the side of a mountain. The third will serve as an icon for the Olympics—a $36-million, 215,000 sq ft (19,974 m2) speed-skating facility covered by a cable-suspended roof, one of the first buildings in the American West to have such a design.

Subject Headings: Cables | Building design | Winter | Salts | Lakes | Mountains | Roofs | Utah | United States

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