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2002 Olympic and Paralympic Villages

More than 3,500 athletes and officials for the Olympic Winter Games, and an estimated 1,100 athletes and officials for the Paralympic Winter Games, resided in the U's state-of-the-art accommodations at the base of scenic Red Butte. The Heritage Commons and the historic Fort Douglas was the 70-acre Olympic Village for these international guests.

For more information on the transformation of Heritage Commons to the Olympic Village, and plans for residence hall students, visit the Office of Residential Living website.

For the most part, the Village was isolated, and had little impact on, the rest of the campus. Other than the Annex-HPER parking lot, most of which will be in SLOC's possession from January through March, very few University functions or facilities were located in the Village area. Vehicular access to most of the campus was not impeded by Games operations. Access to the Medical Center was open to the public on North Campus Drive and Wasatch Drive including South Medical Drive. Students who needed on-campus housing during spring semester were accommodated in the original residence halls; student meal plans were effective during this time in the Olpin Union Building.

The Olympic Village consisted of newly-constructed facilities as well as existing historic structures. The new housing development had a total project cost of $120 million, financed through a combination of a revenue bond and a $28 million user fee from SLOC. Portions of the housing were occupied in Fall 1999 and the remainder by Fall 2000. The University is also committed to invest up to $3 million for the refurbishment of the houses on historic Fort Douglas Officers Circle. Officers Circle was the International Zone of the Olympic Village, providing services for athletes and officials such as a bank, post office, convenience store, hair salon, television room, coffee shop, international calling center and World Wide Web access center.

The University provided the Village with its standard level of services, resources, and staffing as normally provided during campus operation. SLOC augmented these activities to meet the enhanced needs of the Village. SLOC was also responsible for temporary facilities added to the complex such as office space for the National Olympic Committees and a main dining hall with seating for 1,200.

The University and SLOC developed Supplemental Plans under the Agreement to address such matters as maintenance and repair, snow removal, use and assignment of keys, construction plans, plans for space allocation and use of the facilities, plans for inspections, inventories and the condition of delivery and return of the facilities, and guidelines for implementing clean venue requirements.

SLOC took possession of the site on January 9, 2002; portions were returned by March 2. Another portion of the site will be used until March 27, 2002 for the Paralympic Village.


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