After losing the bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, the city of Los Angeles unexpectedly won the 2028 Olympic Games instead, giving the city a few extra years of planning to read itself. So, how is this mega-city preparing for the world’s largest (and most expensive) multi-sports event?
At ‘The FutureBuild Sessions @ VerdeXchange’ held on January 30th, 2018, the City of Los Angeles was excited to present itself as innovation laboratory for mega-planning over the next 10 years.
With a surging tech-fueled economy in California, it should be no surprise that the fastest-growing high-tech hub in the country is aggressively investing in sustainable innovation, infrastructure, and clean energy as the main pillars of Los Angeles’ contribution to the Olympic Games.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also known as Metro, is planning the most ambitious transportation infrastructure initiative in the country right now, with a total of 28 projects. The main objective of these projects is to enhance the accessibility to LA residents and to welcome visitors from all around the world. In a city where reinvention and innovation are constant forces, officials are open to the idea of automated cars taking over the world maybe sooner than we think and Elon Musk’s Boring Company underground tunnels could become the effective, high-speed transportation alternative to avoid traffic jams. Cheers to that!
Two of our most important civic clients, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, formerly known as the Los Angeles Coliseum, are part of an ambitious project to expand their sustainable initiatives. Both of these facilities are Falcon long-time customers who have retrofitted their restrooms in an effort to reduce overall water consumption and upgrade to the latest green technologies. The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), one of the first institutions in the world to install our Hybrid Urinal Technology, was recently LEED Gold re-certified and is preparing to install the biggest solar project in a convention center in the country. The Los Angeles Coliseum, leads sustainability through a different focus and is the first stadium in the country to become Zero Waste.
Despite all the innovative advantages in transportation, clean energy and zero waste, there was no mention of drought preparedness investments or how the city is planning to meet the water demand of millions of worldwide visitors, stadiums and arenas in one of the driest regions in the country where the water system is barely sustaining the needs of more than 3.9 million people and farms. As we face a drier than normal winter yet again, authorities should be implementing water infrastructure initiatives to ensure that the city will not be at-risk of making headlines as the first Olympic Host suffering of ‘Day Zero’ without water.