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#516284 - 07/28/16 05:53 PM Belize Civic Centre Sports Complex going up  
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The frame for the Belize City Center is starting to take shape and excitement rises with every beam that is erected next to the BelCan Bridge.

Belize City basketball players have been homeless since September of 2013 when the old Belize City Center was torn down. The only “reliable” venues for hosting basketball competitions since have been the Birds Isle and Belize Elementary Auditorium. Without trying to be ungrateful to a welcoming host, Birds Isle would not qualify to host any mid-level league anywhere else in the world. At any time now, someone may fall through that court. It does have sentimental appeal so maybe the National Institute of Culture and History should look into establishing it as a landmark. The Elementary Auditorium is basically a hot box trapped inside a microwave oven. One of the three point line is further than the other and most ballers swear that one of the rims is higher than the next. Apart from that, the facility provides a decent playing experience. However, Belize City ballers are ready to go back home.

JVCA Medina’s Construction Ltd/International Environments Ltd. signed contracts with the Belize Infrastructure Limited (BIL) on October 8, 2015 and in November of 2015, work teams began to move into the City Center compound to get the project off the ground. According to BIL, the new Belize City Center Arena and Cultural Complex design will qualify for world championship women’s U-21 and U-19 world championship men and women events. There will be three interior practice basketball courts and one professional center court. The design allows for designated seating for up to 4000 for games and 5000 for indoor entertainment events such as conventions, concerts and other sporting events such as boxing and volleyball. Seats are individual and are numbered by rows. The design also includes post game rooms, media rooms, administration room and more concessions space. The new Belize City Center will be fully air conditioned and fully handicap accessible. The facility will be equipped with stage and event performance space and back of house facilities. The size and careful design of the building footprint and structural placement allows for a broader range of vehicles that will now be able to park under the building. The interior function of the building was completed in accordance with FIBA standards and in conjunction with approved consultancy input. Exterior design allows for multiple plazas to accommodate recreational sports and parks, including two outdoor basketball courts, one 5 on 5 soccer field and skateboard parks just to name a few. It caters to hosting outdoor entertainments with security features, police and ambulance Zones.

The value of the contract is BZ$32,940,261.34 and construction is expected to be completed by December of 2017.

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#524167 - 06/21/17 06:17 AM Re: Belize Civic Centre Sports Complex going up [Re: Marty]  
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STEEL construction company REIDsteel has thrown its weight behind the multi-million dollar sports stadium in Belize.

The company, based in Dorset, UK, has performed the structural design, drawing work and fabrication for the new national arena in Belize City.

The $32.9m (Belize Dollars) complex – due for completion in December 2017 – will include international standard volleyball and basketball courts, stands, running tracks, a skateboard park, gym and football pitch.

Named the Belize Civic Centre Sports Complex, it will include a FIBA/FIVB basketball and volleyball pro courts, gym facilities and offices as well as being able to accommodate large entertainment concerts and venues under one roof.

The exterior offers the community free access to a sports park that includes a 45-meter running track, a five-on-five football field, various basketball courts and an exterior performance amphitheater.

Steel construction company REIDsteel has the capability to design, manufacture, ship and erect entire steel buildings including their cladding and or glazing requirements anywhere in the UK and world.

Project engineer Pepe Olivier said: “The new national arena is one of the biggest projects of its kind in Belize and will help transform the country’s sporting and cultural life.

“The contractor turned to us as we have a demonstrable history of exporting to Belize, Central America and the Caribbean.

“Our business model means that we can carry out the structural design, drawing and fabrication under one roof at our Dorset site before containerising the finished structure for shipping to its destination.

“Demand for this type of service continues to rise from clients worldwide, including many outside of Europe who see the value in a seamless service.”

The structurally optimized steel frame included hot rolled sections hot dip galvanized for protection from the elements and for ease of maintenance, all designed for hurricane wind speeds of 160 miles per hour.

A total of 750 tonnes of steelwork was required for the 39,000 sq ft complex, including a roofing system spanning 200 feet, together with all the terraces for approximately 4000 seats and all the suspended floors consisting of galvanized composite metal decking system suitable for cast-in-situ concrete.

The glazing package including curtain walling and aluminium framed windows were also packed for export and shipped to Belize.

The Government of Belize has funded the sports centre project. It is being developed by Belize Infrastructure Limited and designed by the architects at International Environments (IE) Ltd

REIDSteel has built stadiums, auditoriums and complexes worldwide, including football, cricket and motorsport arenas.

It has the capacity to design, make and build all elements of stadia from the frame to gangways, entrances, exits, tunnels, terracing, seating, sliding roofs, corporate hospitality boxes and balconies.

REIDsteel’s previous work in Belize has included a hi-tech shrimp processing plant covering 9,000 sq m.

Visit http://www.reidsteel.com/belize-civic-centre for more details about the Belize Civic Center Sports Complex.




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