engineering careers  #EngineeringTheOlympics:  International Broadcast Centre by AECOM
engineering careers  #EngineeringTheOlympics:  International Broadcast Centre by AECOM

The International Broadcast Centre is the largest building in the Olympic Park, and while visually it might not have the impact of The Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Handball Arena or the Arenas Cariocas its technical stats are staggering.

08/11/2015. ENTREGA DO IBC AO RIO 2016. LOCAL: PARQUE OLÍMPICO. BARRA DA TIJUCA. RIO DE JANEIRO. BRAZIL.

Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes described the project was one of the most challenging to deliver. “I have to admit that this was bigger and more difficult than any of the competition venues,”

The Centre is dedicated to television and radio station working on the Games and offers a massive 85 thousand square metres of constructed space and a capacity for 10 thousand people and during that games, it will operate 24 hours every day.

Unlike other venues for the Games the IBC was financed by private resources. A discussion is still on-going as to it’s eventual use after the Games. There is no legacy plan for it. Its massive size makes repurposing it difficult.


International Broadcast Centre by the numbers
  • Start of construction: October 2013
  • End of construction: November 2015
  • Total area of IBC main building and IBC offices: 79,000m²
  • Total area of IBC main building: 68,000m²
  • Total area of roof: 32,000m²
  • Daily capacity during the Games: 10,000 people
  • Height: 21m (first floor 12m, second floor 8m)
  • 12 studios of approximately 5,000m²
  • 1,215 metal stakes in the foundations
  • Total concrete used: 20,000m³
  • 49 bathrooms
  • 500 people worked on the construction
  • Stairways: 12 internal, 14 external
  • Elevators: 13