With the work on the inside of the Castelão in progress for a week now, yesterday (6 April) the Government of the State of Ceará said that they intend to hand over the stadium 95% ready in December 2012, some six months before the Confederations Cup. With this, the general schedule has been brought forward by four months.
The State Secretary for the World Cup, Ferruccio Feitosa, has this Wednesday presented the schedule of the work, which shall be divided into four phases. The first three started last December, with the construction of the covered parking lot for 1,750 cars and also the new building of the State Secretariat for Sports.
The fourth phase directly involves the Castelão. It started on 31 March, with the internal demolitions, which shall be made in a mechanical fashion. The implosion of the place where the central building shall work shall take place in July. For this reason, technicians are coming to Fortaleza from the United States to carry out the study and also to simulate the process.
On the outside, the first phases of the work are following the schedule. At the location, there has been the introduction of pre-molded concrete units for production of beams, pillars and slabs. In addition, there has also been the start of the land leveling in the hospitality area, where tents for the FIFA sponsors during the World Cup shall be assembled.
According to Mr. Feitosa, the consortium and the secretariat of the World Cup can monitor the progress of the work in real time through the use of a special software package which shows possible problems and could show solutions in advance.
In September, FIFA shall be making their first inspection of this construction work and then, in December 2012, there shall be the second inspection. “With the progress of the construction work of the Castelão, the stadium acquires good credentials to host the Confederations Cup in 2013”, says Mr. Feitosa.
Including the internal work, external work and the operation of the stadium for a period of eight years, the Castelão Stadium shall cost a total of R$ 518.6 million to Government funds.
Qualification and Green Seal
According to the Government, 400 people work on the construction of the Castelão, all people living close to the stadium. At the worksite, there are special courses on offer in carpentry, ironwork and stonemasonry, with the intention of using the students’ labor once they have qualified.
To meet the FIFA requirements for the stadiums of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, the work on the Castelão has adopted principles of sustainable construction. The aim here is to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.
After the internal demolition, the material shall be recycled and used in paving the car park of the work.