POSTED: December 8th 2015
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Olympics: IOC lays first stone for new CHF 200 million building

The IOC and Swiss authoritites / IOC/Christophe Moratal
The IOC and Swiss authoritites / IOC/Christophe Moratal

IOC President Bach (left) described the time capsules / IOC/Christophe Moratal
IOC President Bach (left) described the time capsules / IOC/Christophe Moratal

The new Ouchy - Olympique metro train station was just officially named / IOC/Christophe Moratal
The new Ouchy - Olympique metro train station was just officially named / IOC/Christophe Moratal

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The IOC celebrated a symbolic groundbreaking today at the headquarters for the new CHF 200 million building that is expected to be ready in about four years.

IOC President Bach and Honorary President Dr. Jacques Rogge were on hand to celebrate with local city authorities and a group of students to present a time capsule intended to be opened on the 200th anniversary of the IOC's establishment in Lausanne... in 2115.

Bach said, "Throughout this year, we have celebrated 100 years together. Today, we are looking to the future, the future of the Olympic Movement here in Lausanne. What better symbol of our attachment to the Olympic Capital than the construction of a new building? 

"My thanks go to the firm 3XN for creating this modern and transparent architectural project, which so well illustrates the spirit of our Olympic Agenda 2020. We find in it the symbols of integration, movement and dynamism, peace and unity - concepts which are so dear to Olympism, our Movement and the IOC."

The time capsule is composed of five cylinders in the Olympic colors and each capsule contains items pertinent to the Olympic Movement such as:

- manuscripts by Baron Pierre de Coubertin

- the minutes of the City Council meeting on 10 April 1915, in which the Council formally recorded the establishment of the IOC in Lausanne 

- the document in which the city of Lausanne granted the IOC a lease until 2115

- photos of the model of the new Olympic House 

- a handwritten version of the speech by the IOC President during the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

The plan for the new building, designed by Danish architects 3XN, was to gather the IOC's growing staff of about 500 under one roof and to construct the structure to the highest sustainability standards.

This February the IOC staff will move to a new location in nearby Pully until the building is finished.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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