Rebooting Mineirão Stadium

Published: March 27, 2013

Mineirao stadium – Video BCMF Architects

 

In Brazil, the complete refurbishment of Mineirão Stadium for the 2014 World Cup and the 2013 Confederations Cup made every goal count in this exciting, challenging and highly visible mission for LEME Engenharia – Tractebel Engineering (BRAZIL).

MINEIRÃO STADIUM – FROM OUTDATED TO WORLD CLASS

In a country as football crazy as Brazil, the makeover of Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte primarily for the 2014 World Cup, but actually in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup, not only had to meet with FIFA and the State Authorities expectations, but those of the Brazilian public too. Read about the refurbishment goals of Mineirão Stadium

ONE TEAM SCORES FOR ALL SIDES

Inaugurated as scheduled in December 2012, Mineirão Stadium has led the way among all works underway for the 2014 World Cup in terms of progress and environmental design. As reported in the Brazilian media, one reason for this was the work of CL Mineirão Consortium: LEME Engenharia (Special Buildings Business Unit) and Concremat. Read more

A BEAUTIFUL STADIUM FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Designed to the highest world-class standards the new Mineirão Stadium boasts many innovative and sustainable infrastructure concepts and features. Read more


Mineirao stadium – December 2012 - photo Pedro Nicoli

MINEIRÃO STADIUM – FROM OUTDATED TO WORLD CLASS

In a country as football crazy as Brazil, the makeover of Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte primarily for the 2014 World Cup, but actually in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup, not only had to meet with FIFA and the State Authorities expectations, but those of the Brazilian public too.

THE REFURBISHMENT GOALS OF MINEIRÃO STADIUM
In Brazil, a “Mineiro” is the name given to a person born in the state of Minas Gerais! Officially Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Governor Magalhães Pinto Stadium) the more familiarly named Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s 2nd biggest football stadium. This made it an obvious choice as one of the host stadiums for the FIFA World Cups and later the 2016 Olympics as support for the hosting city Rio de Janeiro. But equally obvious was that the old public stadium, with its 1950’s style architecture, aging infrastructure and high maintenance needs, was in need of a major upgrade.

In 2011, inspired by the upcoming events, State Authorities authorized government agency – the Special Secretariat of the Cup (Secopa M-G) to coordinate and oversee the stadium refurbishment, incorporating a new entertainment complex, to be completed by December 2012 with several main goals:

  • To create a FIFA approved stadium of the highest international infrastructure standards.
  • To achieve long-term, high customer/user satisfaction in terms of operations, safety and quality of the facility.
  • To promote the return of families (not just football fans) to the complex.
  • To promote sports development in the state of Minas Gerais.
  • To better integrate the stadium within the neighbourhood – specifically with the touristic and architectural heritage of the Pampulha region.
  • To make best use of modern, environmentally-friendly and sustainable building technologies and concepts.

See the end result: the new Mineirão Stadium and Entertainment Complex.


“From November 2011, when we signed the contract, our job was to ensure that the proposed solutions were feasible and were executed correctly from a technical point of view, as well as in strict compliance with the works schedule. To do this we followed-up the execution of works based on a list of thousands of activities that needed to be performed to ensure the delivery of the stadium. These activities were checked through daily field inspections. In this way, any deviation or delays could be quickly alerted and duly corrected in time.”
Gustavo Curi Araujo, Special Buildings–Business Unit Manager, LEME Engenharia – Tractebel Engineering (BRAZIL)

 

ONE TEAM SCORES FOR ALL SIDES

Inaugurated as scheduled in December 2012, Mineirão Stadium has led the way among all works underway for the 2014 World Cup in terms of progress and environmental design. As reported in the Brazilian media, one reason for this was the work of CL Mineirão Consortium: LEME Engenharia (Special Buildings Business Unit) and Concremat.

A 3-WAY PPP
Concerned that using public finances to refurbish a public stadium for a private (FIFA) event wasn’t an appropriate use of funds, Minas Gerais State Authorities chose to make the project a 3-way PPP (Public & Private Partnership – legalised in Brazil in 2004) – sharing management between the State, the local Football teams (ticket sales) and a Private Concessionaire Minas Arena who financed and ran the stadium refurbishment in return for all concession rights for the next 25 years. This put CL Mineirão in an unusual position…

A NEW ROLE AS “CLIENT” ENGINEERS
As the project engineers, the 3-way PPP model saw CL Mineirão working for the client (the State Authorities/Secopa M-G), and monitoring the delivery of the owner (Minas Arena). As a result, our mission; to closely follow the progress, quality and detail of the work carried out, was divided between 2 main pillars:

  • To monitor the accomplishment of the FIFA technical specifications and the basic design against the detailed design and the construction of the stadium.
  • To keep the Public Authorities informed of the quality and scope of the civil works – the main issue being time control and planning.

TRUE ADDED VALUE
This dedication was important to our client, but a real added value was also the reassurance of the quality of the work and that they could be confident of the accuracy of information received. CL Mineirão acted not only in the interests of Secopa M-G, but “as the eyes of the biggest customer of the project – the Minas public”.


  • general view on 27.09.2012
  • construction view October 2012
  • construction view October 2012
  • construction view October 2012
  • general view on 24.10.2012
  • general view on 03.12.2012

Mineirao stadium – photos Pedro Nicoli

A BEAUTIFUL STADIUM FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Designed to the highest world-class standards the new Mineirão Stadium boasts many sustainable infrastructure concepts and new features.

WORKING FOR THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Besides creating a world class stadium for Brazilian football lovers, a key concept of the refurbishment was also to attain LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) the internationally recognised label that a building’s design incorporates modern engineering strategies and recycling of materials aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. With these two goals in mind, Mineirão Stadium today offers:

  • A newly grassed field (lowered by 3.5 m for better visibility)
  • A new polycarbonate roof covering almost the whole field – with 1 MW PV energy generation
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • A 6,000 m³ rainwater collection tank for sanitation and facility cleaning
  • Re-cycled heat using air-conditioning
  • Marked seating for 64,500 spectators (50,000 original stadium seats were donated to other Minas Gerais sports arenas)
  • 6,521 parking spaces (above and below ground)
  • 80 VIP cabins (seating 1,500)
  • A high level media centre for up to 3,000 journalists
  • Underground media facilities with TV studio and press rooms
  • A state-of-the-art Operations Control Centre for illumination, sound, scoreboard and security surveillance
  • A restaurant with a view of the field
  • 8,000 m² entertainment and business complex with shops, restaurants and bars

INAUGURATION

The new Mineirão soccer stadium was inaugurated on December 21th by the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Managers of LEME Engenharia – Tractebel Engineering (BRAZIL) and the responsible team were proud to attend the special event.

WORLD RECORD

Another renowned complex building linked to LEME Engenharia- Tractebel Engineering (BRAZIL) is the Headquarters for the State Government of Minas Gerais – an extraordinary concrete structure, designed by world famous architect Oscar Niemeyer (who passed away in December 2012), which holds the world record for the largest span between 2 columns (130 m).

LEED certification

Mineirão Stadium has a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) the internationally recognised label that a building’s design incorporates modern engineering strategies and recycling of materials aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

More information

Gustavo Curi Araujo, Special Buildings –Business Unit Manager- LEME Engenharia – Tractebel Engineering (BRAZIL)

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