In preparation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, MAPEI says it has provided 41 different products that contractors used for concrete restoration, surface preparation, waterproofing and flooring installation in six Vancouver venues, including:
- Vancouver Olympic Headquarters (Campus 2010)
- Richmond Speed Skating Oval
- Olympic/Paralympic Centre
- Canada Hockey Place (GM Place)
- Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver
- East and West buildings of the Main Media Centre at Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre
MAPEI has been supplying concrete restoration and flooring installation systems to Olympic venues across the Americas and around the world since 1972. The company opened its first manufacturing plant outside of Italy in Laval, Canada, after exporting Ultrabond G19 to the contractors installing the rubber surface for tracks at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Ultrabond G19 (Adesilex G19 outside of North America) was also used on tracks at the Olympics in Munich, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing.
MAPEI’s role in providing materials for the construction of Olympic venues in the Americas has grown over the years, embracing the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Globally, MAPEI’s products were most recently used on construction sites at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. In 2009, 33 years after the 1976 Olympics, MAPEI surface preparation products and tile and stone installation products were used to renovate the Olympic Pool at the Centre Sportif Claude Robillard in Montreal.
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic motto – “With Glowing Hearts” – perfectly reflects MAPEI’s enormous pride that the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer of flooring materials around the world and has once again taken the opportunity to support international sport and leave its mark at several of Vancouver’s finest Olympic venues. While Canadian contractors “Go for the Gold with MAPEI” in 2010, MAPEI products are already being used in the construction of sites for the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Byelorussia.