Construction of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Para-Olympic Village is 85 percent complete and due to be concluded by the end of this year, representative of contract construction consortium Ilha Pura told Xinhua on August 4.
The village is next to the Barra Olympic Park in southwest Rio de Janeiro, which is the heartland of the Games.
(Soundbite) Mauricio Cruz, General Director of Ilha Pura
“On July 24, 2016, the village will be 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.”
The construction began in July 2012, with 31 buildings 17-floor high within seven condominiums. The 3,604 apartments and 10,160 bedrooms have a total capacity for 18,000 guests.
The complex still includes health centre, gym and cafeteria with space for 5,000 diners.
When the Games are over, the village will be transformed into residential complex.