Rio Olympic village construction finishes 85%

About 85% of construction work for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic village have been finished, and it will be concluded by end of the Year.

Construction of the village began in July 2012. There are 31 buildings, each with 17 floors, divided into seven condominiums. The 3,604 apartments and 10,160 bedrooms will have a total capacity of 18,000 guests.

Currently all of the 31 buildings in the village have taken shape.

SOUNDBITE: MAURICIO CRUZ, General director of Ilha Pura
“85% of the work has now been completed and workers are focusing the final phases on the construction site. On July 24, 2016, the village will open to welcome the athletes. To make them feel more comfortable, the buildings include wider doors, higher showers and elevators capable of handling up to two wheelchairs at the same time.”

Temporary structures will include a health centre, a cafeteria with space for 5,000 diners and a gym.

After construction work is completed, the process of transforming the buildings into the residential complex will begin.

SOUNDBITE: MARIO CILENTI, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic village director
“Everything is developing very well at the village, we are working in partnership with Ilha Pura and we have a highly-qualified team with broad experience in other Games. We will take charge of the village on March 1, 2016. At that moment, we will begin the structural transformation and the installation of cabling and furniture, among other things. We will have sufficient time for all the necessary structural testing and to allow the suppliers and the team that will work there to gain access.”

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