“It takes guts to do this,” says Royal Pineda, principal architect of Budji+Royal Architecture+Design, the firm designing New Clark City’s sports complex in Capas, Tarlac. This is the firm’s first time to design a sports facility, but seeing the different stadiums in Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo gave Pineda and his team more confidence. “Because it’s all common sense. The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has written down all the technical requirements. It’s math. It’s science.”
The design team had three months to work simultaneously on schematic design and design development. It took three months for them to get the technical delegate’s approval and a month to work on the pre-construction documents. Meanwhile, the contractor had to start digging and building before the completion of the CD package, given only 12 months to erect the stadium.
During our team’s visit to the New Clark City construction site last May, the stadium and the rest of the complex had 94 days to go before the design and construction team’s internal deadline of 31 August 2019. This internal deadline, which all 8,000 workers, engineers, and architects are taking very seriously, is two months ahead of the official turnover on October 30th and three months before the 30th Southeast Asian Games begin on 30 November.
Here are some of the images we captured on our visit to New Clark City last May 29th.
Read the full-length article on the Athletic Stadium and see exclusive photos in BluPrint’s Volume 2 2019, available in newsstands nationwide, on Flip100, Magzter, Lazada, and Amazon.