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Washington 2024 Olympic Bid Master Plan


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Project Name

Washington 2024 Olympic Bid Master Plan

Project Status

Concept Proposal


Washington 2024



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Project Description

The Washington 2024 Olympic Bid Master Plan undertakes two major challenges: to imagine a Washington of the future, shaped by an Olympic Games; and to do so within the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic Committee themes of compactness and fiscal responsibility.

The Bid distinguishes itself from past and present bids as the most compact and walkable games in recent Olympic history. With 75% of competition venues located within DC, the bid aligns with the City’s long-range development plans, and acts as a catalyst for propelling these plans forward into reality. The plan therefore envisions a waterfront-focused Games that showcases all of the District, a Games that embraces both rivers, Potomac and Anacostia, and brings together on an international stage the Federal City and the city of neighborhoods.

The plan explores multiple solutions for big-ticket facilities, and by leveraging temporary and existing venues, the plan requires construction of at most two new permanent venues, one of which is already accounted for in an existing capital budget.

Gensler partnered with the official Washington 2024 team to craft a proposal to be the United States bid city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The master plan created for hosting the games in the Capital Region centered on the theme of “unity.” Concentrating event venues in areas that would take advantage of the city’s unique character and icons, the plan also focused on stimulating development for the Anacostia waterfront. Gensler prepared diagrams for the sports venues’ complex logistics and helped identify locations for the International Broadcast Center/Main Press Center and the Olympic Village. Additionally, Gensler developed legacy plans to envision what the Olympic facilities would be, and how they would be used, once the games close.
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