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Safway scaffolds used in 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies and Olympic events

2/11/2010 Featured Profile: 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver)

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Feb. 11, 2010 – For the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Safway Services Canada, Inc. Vancouver branch worked with two contractors: NUSSLI Special Events and Show Canada Industries, Inc., to provide and coordinate an extensive amount of scaffold products and services.

Safway is providing scaffolding for the opening, and eventually closing, Olympic ceremonies, as well as the opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games. More than 130,000 sq. ft. of Safway's equipment is being used for the ceremonies, including:

  • 37,000 sq. ft. of stage area for the main stage
  • 88,400+ sq. ft. of seating riser, used for all seating, "tech" zone and camera support
  • 6,200 sq. ft. for all access ramps to the main stage

"Safway is incredibly proud of our accomplishments for the Olympics project, as well as our role within this extraordinary, global event," said Safway Vancouver Branch Manager, Jeff Remfert. "While you are watching the opening ceremonies, keep in mind that it is all taking place on top of, and inside of, Safway's SafLoad and SafLock™ scaffolds."

For both the Olympics' competition and non-competition venues, Safway provided SafLock™ System scaffold for a wide range of access needs and equipment, including:

  • 31,000+ sq. ft. of platforms
  • Nearly 800 vertical feet of stairs
  • 300+ lineal ft. of pedestrian bridge
  • 21,600+ sq. ft. for camera towers
  • Ramps, cable bridges and plywood

For this portion of the project, more than 600 scaffolds were built, with camera towers as tall as 60 feet and pedestrian bridges ranging from 26 to 65 feet.

The 2010 Winter Olympics are broadcast on NBC in the U.S. In Canada, coverage is on CTV, TSN, and RDS. View a complete Winter Olympics schedule at

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