Sydney 2000 International Broadcast Centre
In 1997 (prior to the formation of EVC) Cris Van Haren was chosen from a select group of Australian and International candidates by the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (SOBO) to be the Construction Project Director for the design and construction of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) for the Sydney Olympic Games.
The Sydney 2000 IBC was the heart of the Olympics. The central hub for the all-important TV coverage, the big earner of the games, this facility enclosed the world’s greatest concentration of TV technology and high-tech support infrastructure. The IBC was housed in a redeveloped distribution warehouse with a footprint of 57,000m2 and an overall floor area, including mezzanines, in excess of 66,000m2. It was located immediately to the south of the Olympic Stadium, but outside the secure area of the Olympic Park, which allowed a separate access for television crews coming from venues outside Homebush, and offered good proximity to the main concentration of venues.
During the Sydney Olympics more than 3,000 hours of live Olympic Games competition was broadcasted from the IBC. It was the home of more than 180 Rights Holding Broadcast (RHB) organisations that employed more than 12,000 personnel.
As the SOBO IBC construction project director, Cris was directly responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the IBC fit out. This fit out included the studio and technical areas required by the 180 RHBs as well as the key SOBO Technical and Support facilities. Cris also had a significant role as the key SOBO representative on all associated IBC projects including the infrastructure design, installation and commissioning that was primarily the responsibility of the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee and the Olympic Coordination Authority.
The design, layout and successful performance of the Sydney 2000 IBC facility resulted in the Sydney 2000 IBC being recognised by the international RHBs, and by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as one of the best ever constructed. In recognition of the successful performance of the Sydney 2000 IBC, Cris was awarded a Certificate of Olympic Merit from the IOC.
Key Facts of the Sydney 2000 IBC
Commonwealth Games International Broadcast Centres
In 2005 EVC was contracted by the Host Broadcaster of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games (TWI Australia Pty Ltd) to project manage the design, construction and commissioning phases of the Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHB) and Host Broadcaster (HB) fit out requirements (including HVAC and power support facilities) in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games IBC.
Key Facts of the Melbourne 2006 IBC:
In 2007 EVC was contracted by the Host Broadcaster of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games (Global TV) to direct the design, construction and commissioning phases of the RHBs and HB fit out for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games IBC. EVC project managed the design and construction of the fit out of a former agricultural pavilion into a fully functional and modern broadcast centre.
Key Facts of the Delhi 2010 IBC:
In 2011 EVC was contracted by the Host Broadcaster of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Sunset and Vine Global TV) to direct the design, construction, commissioning phases of the RHBs and HB fit out for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games IBC. EVC project managed the design and construction of a fully demountable International Broadcast Centre in the car park of the Glasgow Convention and Exhibition Centre and in doing so, set a new benchmark for the design and construction of a significant international broadcasting facility.
Key facts of the Glasgow 2014 IBC:
EVC as Project Manager:
Client - Sydney 2000: Cris was appointed as Construction Director of SOBO (Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation) between 1997 and 2000
Client - Melbourne 2006: TWI Australia
Client - Delhi 2010: Global TV
Client - Glasgow 2014: Sunset and Vine Global TV