At 6 AM on May 1st, while the dawn air was still cool and refreshing, construction worker Liu Xingguo had already started the day's work and was sweating all over his back. He is working at the Dong'an Lake Sports Park construction site, one of the major venue construction sites for the World University Games 2021. "At around 5 AM, 20 trucks full of materials were mobilized to the site with more than 240 tons of steel and masonry. We have been handling them for more than an hour to make sure that all materials are in place before the day's construction starts." Explained Yu Peng, the material director of Dong'an Lake Sports Park Project, all the while continuing to give orders to the construction workers.
During this Labor Day holiday, more than 1500 construction workers kept working around the clock on the construction site of Dong'an Lake Sports Park, the core venue of World University Games.
Construction workers are composing a working "symphony"
The stadium project of Dong'an Lake Sports Park Project is a key element for establishing Chengdu as "Three Cities & Three Capitals"(world culture and creativity, tourism, and tournament city; international capital of music, exhibition, and cuisine) which was proposed by Chengdu Municipal Committee of the CPC and Chengdu Municipal Government. The stadium, serving as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 31st World University Games, will help to speed up the establishment of Chengdu as a "Sports Tournament City".
At 7 AM, 20 crawler cranes and 2 tower cranes begun operations, marking plainly in the sky the start of another busy working day. Six cranes lift materials ceaselessly, and trucks shuttle back and forth. Over 200 workers, wearing safety belts, climbed across the "saucer-shaped" stadium roof to get started on their work for the day. The roars of the machines, the clangs of strikes on steel bars and the disconnected voices from numerous walkie-talkies merge together to compose a "symphony" on the construction site of Dong'an Lake Sports Park.
Effective Picture of the Stadium
The stadium is going to finish its structure building, showing its grand shape to the public
Located on Checheng Avenue in Chengdu's Longquanyi District, Dong'an Lake Sports Park Stadium is an international stadium with 40,000 seats. It has a total floor area of 120,000 square meters and is 49.8 meters high. It is a unique round stadium that gives off the appearance of a flying saucer with a "Sunbird" (a symbol of Chengdu) pattern on the roof. The "flying saucer" shaped external structure was completed to perfection ahead of schedule on March 31.
Effective Picture of the Stadium Roof
After the completion of its steel roof structure, the project has entered the construction phase with multiple disciplines working concurrently. Work on the metal roof surface, glass curtain walls, secondary structures, and E&M installations will be carried out together at full blast.
The construction of the "flying saucer" shaped stadium roof is about to be completed this month
As of now, the foundation, main concrete external structure, and steel structure connections, among other key points of the project, have been completed. However, by the end of April 2021, Dong'an Lake Sports Park Stadium is scheduled to receive its completion acceptance. In other words, in the remaining time, the construction team should finish its construction of the pre-fabricated audience stands installation, curtain wall works, roof surface works, secondary structures, E&M works, municipal works, landscape works and other points, and then have them approved and accepted. The clock is ticking.
For now, 95% of the foundation and main structure construction, while 50% of the sidewalk foundation, E&M, fire prevention work, and earthwork backfilling work are completed, and 20% of secondary structures are completed. According to the schedule, the roof surface construction should be completed by the end of May; the curtain wall work, by the end of June; the secondary structures, by the end of July; and E&M work, by the end of December. The stadium should be presented in its full form by the end of 2020. And all interior decorations should be completed by the end of January 2021.