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2013-03-11

Rio 2016™’s headquarters reflect the values of the Games and those of the organisation’s professionals

The Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games are catalysing investment in the environment, transport and public security through projects that are fully aligned with the city’s Master Plan, boosting the urban revitalisation of Rio de Janeiro.

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Responsible for erecting all overlay for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Organising Committee has built a new head office minimising the use of concrete and masonry.

How is it done?

Prefab steel structures, referring to the technical areas, are ready when they arrive at the location where the modules and bases are assembled. The assembling mechanism used for the modules is similar to that used by Lego. It allows for construction to be completed three times faster, while creating a minimum amount of debris.
The building has four tanks able to hold 640,000 litres of drinking water.
The compressors in chillers (equipment that produces chilled water for the air conditioning system) are equipped with electromagnetic components that make them more efficient and quieter, consuming less energy than conventional technologies. In order to make use of the heat produced by these compressors, heat exchangers are used to produce hot water for use in the building’s gym, small kitchens and canteens. The hot water generating system features a backup process using solar panels, to be used exceptionally on very cold days when the chillers will not need to be activated.
Employees with disabilities will work with even more autonomy and independence. In line with respect for diversity, the new headquarters has ramps, Braille signage (including in the lifts) and tactile flooring to provide guidance, among other facilities.
The use of glass that is highly reflective of heat and light guarantees the building’s energy efficiency. Another advance is the use of LED bulbs, which consume up to 70% less energy than compact fluorescent lamps (known as cold light bulbs).

Agile construction

The building will be developed in synch with the growth of the team – so the structure suits
each stage of the organising committee’s lifespan. The work will be completed in three phases.

Each module measures 6 by 2.44 metres. There is a 50 cm space between the three floors (ground, first and second floors). Up to 80% of the modular material will be reused in future buildings. Phase 2, conclusion in July 2013 – 330 modules, 4.831 square metres – capacity: 720 employees – 900 LED lamps Phase 3, conclusion in October 2013 – 258 modules, 3.777 square metres – capacity: 744 employees – 600 LED lamps Total: 1.368 modules, 20.938 square metres – capacity: 2.361 employees – 2.900 LED lamps

Development phases

Phase 1, conclusion in March 2013 – 780 modules, 12.330 square metres – capacity: 907 employees – 1.400 LED lamps

Totals of the three phases

Most of the Organising Committee team will directly work at the Games’ venues in 2016.

Security and Sustainability

The new headquarters feature a system for reusing rainwater to water the gardens. Another sustainable aspect is that all furniture used in the head office is made only of certified wood, i.e. produced by companies that do not damage the environment and that contribute to the social and economic development of forest communities.
- Reserve fire-fighting tank containing 125,000 litres
- 38 fire hose points
- Automatic sprinkler system with 2,252 nozzles
- 2,300 smoke detectors
Proper waste treatment is more than just an environmental principle – it’s a legal obligation. In accordance with standards, all waste from the new headquarters is segmented through selective collection to enable efficient recycling. Setting the benchmark among sustainable organisations, the target is to recycle 90% of all waste generated at the headquarters. The use of mugs rather than plastic cups and glass dishes will reduce the volume of material discarded.

Where is it?

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee is located in Rua Ulisses Guimarães, number 2016, at Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro.

Integration with governments

  • Space shared with t he Municipal Olympic Company (EOM)
  • Close to municipal, state and federal governments, and Olympic Public Authority (APO)

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