Rio presents the works in Olympic Stadium

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and surroundings like the Train Square.

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Engenhão – Photo credit: Beth Santos/Prefeitura do Rio

Praça do Trem recovers listed buildings that are part of the city’s history and culture scene and gives a new life to the Olympic Stadium surroundings, which ameliorated 36 streets and had an investment of R$ 115 million in the region.

Nerve center to one of the noblest Olympic sport – athletics -, João Havelange Olympic Stadium (Engenhão) had a facelift and is ready to receive Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer for the Rio 2016 Games. Mayor Eduardo Paes presents today the adaptation of the venue’s internal areas and the requalification of the stadium’s surroundings, including Praça do Trem, an important legacy propelled by the sports event.

During the Olympic Games, Engenhão will also receive eight football matches – four women and four men’s – and then Paralympic athletics competitions in September. From May 14 to 16, the venue will host the Ibero-American Championships of Athletics, the last test-event in the Olympic calendar, gathering 300 athletes from 25 countries. From May 18 to 21, it will receive the International Paralympic Open.

Inaugurated in 2007 for the Pan-American Games, Engenhão suffered some adaptation work to fulfil the Olympic requirements and the needs of new broadcasting technologies. With the installation of temporary grandstands on the north and south sides, the stadium’s capacity jumped from 45,000 to 60,000 seats.

The main and warm-up tracks were substituted. The works also included intervention on the energy, sound and lightning distribution systems, the adjustment of infrastructure to receive the cables from the chronometer, energy and transmission systems, the increase in the number of CCTVs, the installation of drinking fountains, the construction of accessible toilets in the medical areas, painting and cleaning, transformation of toilets for the public and athletes into accessible ones, and the recovery of floor and walls. Rio City Hall built the metallic structure that will hold the 30m x 9m LED display, the largest ever installed in a stadium. It will be possible for athletes to follow the results and to watch the repetition of moves on the display. Rio 2016 Committee will assemble the stadium’s LED display.

The investment for the adaptation works was R$ 52.037.642,65.

Praça Do Trem 

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Photo credit: Beth Santos/Prefeitura do Rio

In the stadium’s surroundings, a highlight is Praça do Trem – the Train Square – which had its warehouses restored and received a new lighting and landscape project, and its drainage and paving refurbished. The main objective was the renovation of the “Oficinas de Locomoção” lot of buildings in Engenho de Dentro, listed by the municipality as historical and cultural monument.

Praça do Trem is approximately 35,000 sq. meters and will be the largest public are in Grande Méier, with a set of urban enhancements that include the construction of sidewalks and a bicycle path. The project includes as well an accessible esplanade to ease the circulation and logistics during the Olympic Games. After the event, the local will be a square fully equipped with urban furniture. Games-time, the leisure area will be the main access of the public to Engenhão Stadium.

Around 90 trees were planted, respecting the visibility of the warehouses. The LED lighting and 15km of ductwork ensure a better energy efficiency, making it possible to use the area at night. The Olympic Knowledge Vault will be opened in Praça do Trem just after the Games; a two-story building with 1,000 sq. meters rooms.

For those arriving from Praça do Trem, there will be a nice view of a 400 sq. meters graffiti panel by Instituto Eixo Rio. Artists Airá OCrespo, Cazé, Duim, Gil Faria, Josué, Pakato, Rena and Sark were inspired by the Carioca way of life and the city’s touristic spots (Arcos da Lapa, Maracanã, Cristo Redentor, Praça da Apoteose and Pão de Açúcar) while painting it.

Besides having the square restored, the revitalizing project at Engenhão area started on the second half of 2014, and includes the renewal of streets in the immediate vicinity and the fulfillment of Programa Bairro Maravilha in 32 streets. On the first phase, delivered in January 2015, the streets that form the square around the stadium (Arquias Cordeiro, José dos Reis, Doutor Padilha and Rua das Oficinas) were benefited and adapted to be fully accessible, received new sidewalks and gutters; an esplanade, and civil work for new lighting and posterior transformation into underground system. A 2km-long bicycle path was also built.

The second part of the project contemplated another 32 streets, in order to improve their accessibility; new paving in the sidewalks and streets and realignment of curbs. Maintenance, cleaning and reinforcement of the rainfall harvesting system were done, eliminating flooding points in the neighborhood. The investment in interventions was around R$ 115,6 milhões.