International firm AECOM has won the open bid to build Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Village. This is the same firm that is building London’s Olympic Village for the 2012 Olympics. Along with the winning contract AECOM was awarded a R$100,000 bonus. A total of 60 firms, from 18 countries had submitted proposals for the lucrative project, which has an estimated size of 1.18 million square meters. The village will include installations for various events, as well as those for the Para-Olympics, and will have room to accomodate 20,000 accredited journalists.
The winning project of the International Competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park Urban Masterplan, coordinated by the Municipal Olympic Company, in partnership with the Brazil’s Architects Institute (IAB), was unveiled on Friday, August 19. The announcement of global service providers AECOM as the competition winners was made at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, built for the Rio Pan American and Parapan American Games Rio 2007 and which will be part of the Olympic Park.
In addition to the president of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and the Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Eduardo Paes, also present at the event were the Sports minister, Orlando Silva; the chief secretary of Rio de Janeiro State Government’s Executive Office, Regis Fichtner; the Olympic Public Authority (APO) president, Marcio Fortes; the Municipal Olympic Company president, Maria Silvia Bastos Marques; and the IAB president, Sergio Magalhães.
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