Itaquerao stadiumon Aug 9, 2012
Construction is progressing at 'Itaquerao' football stadium, which will host the opening matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The main contractor on the project is Brazil’s largest construction company, Odebrecht, which is also the largest in Latin America.
The contractor is involved in four stadia projects for the 2014 World Cup, including two new builds and one demolition and refurbishment project.
Construction work commenced at the end of May last year, with completion earmarked for December 2013. “We have more or less completed 30% of the project to date,” said Odebrecht Infrastructure contracts director Antônio Roberto Gavioli.
“The whole concrete structure will be completed this year, while 2013 will mainly be installation and fit-out.”
The capacity of the stadium has also had to be boosted from 48,000 to FIFA’s stipulated 65,000 with the installation of temporary seating. A total of six games will be hosted at Corinthians Stadium, including the opening, four regular games and a semi-final.
“I think the schedule is the biggest challenge,” civil engineer Felipe Morais Pacifico told CW at the construction site.
“It is tight and it is a huge and complex construction project. The numbers are big on every service.” This included a million cubic metres of earth movement during site preparation and enabling works.
Corinthians Stadium statistics
- Land area: 198,000m2
- Built-up area: 189,000m2
- Foundation (precast and root piles): 3,100
- Precast columns: 594
- Precast beams: 3,274
- Precast slabs: 11,682
- Precast stairs: 1,937
- Uncovered parking: 1,620 vehicles
- Covered parking: 929 vehicles
- Suites: 89
- Seats: 48,000
- Restrooms: 502
- Concessions: 59
- Elevators: 15
- Escalators: 10
- Glass façade (west building): 6,150m2
- Steel roof structure: 32,300m2
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