The Pan American Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world. The Games bring together athletes representing 41 countries from North and South America, in 39 sports. The Parapan American games which followed, had 1,890 athletes representing 33 countries in 17 sports.
In July 2019, Lima hosted these games in 37 competition venues, making it the first time Peru hosted an event of this scale. The Games presented a huge opportunity to accelerate the city and change attitudes for the future, through the transformation of its sports infrastructure and governance structures.
37 competition venues
Delivering the Games
Arup, as part of the UK’s Delivery Team, played a major role in helping Lima deliver the Games. This role comprised of two main components; providing technical design assurance for 14 new sports venues and the Athletes’ Village and leading the operational planning and overlay design for all the competition and non-competition venues.
Other key contributions included the delivery of technical systems and a transparent procurement process and contracting strategy to help facilitate procurement to the work involved within a challenging time frame. This was achieved by taking a collaborative approach to the project and bringing together professionals with a breath of specialist skills to create a strong, integrated team.
Taking a legacy approach
Using experience from previous major events including lessons learnt from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, our focus was also to take a longer-term approach of the project so it was fit for legacy. Venues were built using modern digital technology, to ensure they were sustainable and flexible in design to help respond to the city’s future needs.
Our design approach to add temporary components where necessary for the Games operation, was to ensure energy efficiency, low maintenance and connectivity to the surrounding areas to tackle local issues. It is hoped this strategy will remain lasting for the delivery of all future infrastructure, create engagement and improve governance across the community, at the heart of one of Latin-Americas most densely populated cities.
Collaboration was one of the key values of Arup. The close and open collaboration across this project helped deliver strong outcomes and changed people’s behaviours locally. This is one of the many legacy outcomes from our involvement in the Lima 2019 Games ” Nick Merridew UKIMEA Sport Leader
Programme wide guidance
As part of the technical assurance role, we produced a series of programme wide guidance documents including fire and evacuation, commissioning, design reviews and an accessibility design guide. The accessibility design guide was prepared in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee. This was adopted as guidance for all accessibility design issues for the Games and will become the reference document for all future sports venues design in Peru.
As a team, we demonstrated to the world that in Latin America we can be a referent of efficient organization and execution, and with this dedication, we returned the confidence to the people of Peru to undertake great and new challenges as a country. ” Alberto Valenzuela Director of Operations and General Manager, Lima 2019