Magazine article PM Network

Let the Projects Begin

Magazine article PM Network

Let the Projects Begin

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It's an Olympic tradition as entrenched as the lighting of the torch. Every city that plays host to the games spends billions on projects to accommodate the influx of athletes and tourists - a masterful justification for lavish additions to city infrastructure that might never have otherwise been funded.

Beijing, China, home to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, is no exception. And with only about eight months to go before the opening ceremonies, many projects geared around the event are coming to a close.

The Beijing Capital International Airport, for example, finished work on a third terminal and successfully tested the simultaneous use of three runways in October 2007. It is believed to be the first such operation in Asian aviation history.

The expansion project includes construction of a third runway, a new terminal building covering 420,000 square meters (502,315 square yards), 100 new aprons, a cargo zone and auxiliary facilities. When complete, it will accommodate 60 million passengers and handle 1.8 million tons (1.6 million metric tons) of cargo each year.

Beijing isn't the only city in the midst of dramatic upgrades in preparation for Olympic glory.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, almost CAD$2 billion (US$2.14 billion) is being spent on a new fast transit train line linking the Vancouver airport with Richmond, the city center, and the athlete's village in False Creek. Additionally, all major roads in the area are in for an upgrade, including a CAD$775 million (US$830 million) overhaul to the road linking Vancouver to Whisder, British Columbia.

And work on the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, is well under way. At the center of it all is Olympic Park. Considered Europe's largest construction site, the park sits in the heart of northeastern part of the city and will include 4,000 homes that will house 17,000 athletes and officials during the games. …

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