Developer of Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver now on board
VANCOUVER, March 20 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed the Millennium
Development Corporation to its team as an Official Supplier through a
financial contribution to VANOC of $3 million. Awarded the contract by the
City of Vancouver in April 2006, Millennium is the developer of the Millennium
Water project that will serve as the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver
during the 2010 Winter Games. Through this partnership, Millennium obtains
Official Supplier rights which enhance the organization's ability to market
this unique development in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Games.
The Village will be operational from November 1, 2009 until
March 30, 2010, and will house more than 3,000 athletes and officials during
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In April 2010, the Village will
be returned to the City of Vancouver for the buildings to become permanent
residential housing in the late spring or summer of 2010.
"When we welcome the world to Vancouver in 2010, we want to highlight two
things - our true spirit of the Games and our commitment to sustainability,"
said Peter Malek, Director of Millennium. "We are honoured to be building
residences that reflect these two principles to the athletes and officials at
the 2010 Winter Games. The Village will be a part of the first LEED Gold
Neighbourhood in Canada, and will leave a positive legacy for the environment,
the economy and our community."
"The Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver will provide an impressive
home for our athletes and officials and will become one of the city's most
beautiful waterfront communities in 2010 and beyond," said John Furlong, VANOC
Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to formalize this partnership with
Millennium to deliver our shared commitment to a sustainable 2010 Winter Games
by building energy-efficient facilities."
"Millennium was selected from numerous developers to build the Olympic
and Paralympic Village," said Bob Rennie, Principal, Rennie Marketing Systems,
a 2010 Games Ambassador and responsible for the marketing and sales of the
units for occupation post 2010 Winter Games. "Now as an Official Supplier of
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Millennium is pleased
to welcome the world when they come to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime
Located in Southeast False Creek, the Olympic and Paralympic Village
Vancouver features modern low- and mid-rise accommodations for the athletes
and officials and sits an average distance of 12 kilometres from
Vancouver-area competition venues. Athletes will be able to walk, bus or take
a ferry to the city's shopping and entertainment districts, as well as enjoy
nightly medal ceremonies and cultural celebrations just moments away at BC
The new development is designed by Canada's leading architect, Arthur
Erickson, in collaboration with Nick Milkovich Architects, Gomberoff Bell Lyon
Architects, Lawrence Doyle Young + Wright Architects, Merrick Architecture and
Walter Francl Architect Inc.
Building construction is proceeding on schedule with completion slated
for October 2009. VANOC will outfit and operate the Olympic and Paralympic
Village Vancouver beginning November 1, 2009, and return it to Millennium in
April 2010 where it will assume its post-Games legacy design.
The Millennium Group is a diversified real estate group with more than
60 years of experience with local and international projects. Millennium was
awarded Canada's Best Multi-Family Development in 2006 by the Canadian Home
Builders' Association for its development Water's Edge in West Vancouver. In
addition, its masterplanned seven-tower City-in-the-Park community in South
Burnaby received the Livable Region Award, the Award for Excellence in Urban
Development in 2001 sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and
Sustainable Community of the Year sponsored by the Southern California Gas
Company. Millennium is part of a larger group of companies that in France has
developed East Side at Marne La Vallèe, and Bellevue Park, Bussy St. George
and Regent Park outside Paris, as well as other projects in Europe.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
VANOC's marketing program is focusing on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's International Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
HBC, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.
VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, BC Hydro, the British
Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, and the Insurance Corporation
of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian
Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks,
Britco, Dow Canada, EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Millennium Development Corporation,
Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems of Canada, Tickets.com,
TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and
For further information:
For further information: NATIONAL Public Relations, Valerie Wan, (604)
691-7397, firstname.lastname@example.org; VANOC, Katie Green, (778) 328-6473,