Regional Business News
regarding the 2010 Olympics
in British Columbia, Canada
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Originally published June 1, 2004
Allen Aubert - Arbitration
is often a preferred alternative to litigation in the construction industry,
and one of the advocates spreading the gospel in this growing discipline
is Allen Aubert Architects Inc.
The Olympics will place incredible pressure on the design and construction
industry to deliver on time and on budget. Unfortunately, pressure isn't
something laid-back Vancouverites are used to handling. In fact when you
speak to local businessmen they proudly boast of their west-coast cool
cachet of getting it done ... well . . . whenever. The IOC has news for
everyone who thinks it can be delivered so casually - it's great to live
in Utopia, but the Olympics waits for no one.
I'm going to choke if I hear one more local business person describe to
me how Vancouver is like California and that the laid back west coast
attitude is firmly ingrained in their DNA. For starters, and I know this
from first hand experience, in a business sense Vancouver isn't at all
like California. Other than maybe the hilly terrain we're not much like
San Francisco and certainly nothing like Los Angeles. In fact we're more
like Oregon, which by the way has the highest unemployment rate in United
States. Los Angeles business people are aggressive. They get things done
and they do it today. Conversely, we like to ski and hike and kayak. Big
difference and it will become even more pronounced the closer we get to
Olympic construction deadlines unless we change our attitude.
I have a feeling that after the Athens
fiasco dust settles the IOC is going to get tough, very tough, and
pursue construction delivery issues more vigorously than it has in the
past. Companies are going to find themselves on the wrong end of a very
powerful and expensive liability suit they never before even remotely
The IOC will have no choice but to get serious if they want to maintain
and maybe even salvage their credibility. Already they are attacked on
every side by communities who do not want the Olympics coming to their
town. The last thing the IOC needs is bad construction publicity, unfortunately
that's about all Athens has delivered. It's ironic that the CBC television
icon we see every day advertising the summer games is an exploding Olympian
head bursting into a fireball. Prophetic to be sure.
Are you psyched about the 2004 Summer Games like you have been for past
Olympic events? Do you find it odd that considering the Olympics is coming
to Vancouver that you're not very, very keen regarding Athens? Don't you
think considering our newfound relationship to the event we should be
whipped into more of a frenzy 100 days out? Are you a bit apprehensive,
maybe even nervous? You should be.
Already John Furlong, VANOC
CEO is questioning overrun issues and is considering making major changes
to the construction landscape. This is a sign. Read it and heed it. It
will only get worse. Litigation is looming large on the construction industry
horizon and if you want to play you will pay, one way or another.
We invested over three years and a six-figure budget researching Olympic
organization relationships with sponsors, contractors, suppliers, partners,
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