In spite of freezing temperatures and soaring costs, work on the main Olympic stadium in Montreal is progressing and will be completed in time for the Olympic Games in Canada next year.
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Background: In spite of freezing temperatures and soaring costs, work on the main Olympic stadium in Montreal is progressing and will be completed in time for the Olympic Games in Canada next year.
During December, the mechanical and electrical service ring is being installed in the stadium. This important operational element will house the combined systems of heating, ventilation and lighting, completing the architectural assembly of the stadium.
The novel architectural design of the stadium has been blamed for a huge rise in the estimated cost of the structure.
Cranes have started lifting the pre-fabricated grandstand sections into place. These sections and hundreds more like them will be occupied by over 70,000 spectators when the games open on 17 July.
People who have watched work at the stadium site since it began report that progress has been impressive in the last three weeks ... ever since the Quebec Government took control of financing and construction from the city of Montreal.
The Government established on Olympic Installations Board to supervise the project after soaring cost and construction delays caused by several labour disputes jeopardised the completion timetable.
SYNOPSIS: At the Olympic Stadium in Canada, work continues in spite of freezing temperatures and soaring costs. The Quebec Government -- which recently took over financing and construction control -- says it will be finished in time for the Montreal Olympics next July.
The main operation presently underway is the hoisting into position of segments of the mechanical and electrical service ring. This will house the combined systems of heating, ventilation and lighting. The segments consist of three pre-fabricated, pre-assembled and pre-equipped elements.
People who have watched work at the stadium since the takeover by the Provincial Quebec Government from Montreal report impressive progress. The Government established an Olympic Installations Board to supervise the project after soaring costs and labour disputes jeopardised the completion date.
The completed service ring will form a gallery of electrical and mechanical components 4'8 metres long that will bind together the entire structure.
The big sections are carried by a giant crane. They are hoisted some fifty metres and attached to support brackets at the end of each beam. The slow hoisting of a section demands the most precise controlled efforts so that it can be accurately guided into place at the tip or the forward beam. The stadium will be occupied by more than 70,000 spectators when the Games open.