The impact of the Olympics on the construction industry and the local economy can be significant. Here are a few ways the Olympics can impact the AEC industry and local businesses:
- Increase in demand for construction: The Olympics require a significant amount of construction to build the necessary infrastructure, such as stadiums, arenas, hotels, transportation systems, and other facilities. This demand for construction can lead to increased job opportunities and revenue for AEC firms.
- Boost in tourism: Hosting the Olympics can attract a large number of tourists, which can benefit local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and retail shops. The influx of visitors can also increase demand for construction and renovation of these businesses to accommodate the influx of tourists.
- Accelerated infrastructure development: Hosting the Olympics often requires significant investment in infrastructure, such as transportation networks, energy, water supply, electrical, printing, low voltage, communication systems, fire alarm and sprinklers. These investments can benefit the local economy by improving overall infrastructure and creating long-term economic opportunities.
- Security companies: It is likely that the LA Olympics will have an impact on security companies, major international events often require increased security measures. Security companies may be contracted to provide services such as surveillance, crowd control, access control, threat detection, and emergency response. The scale of the security operation will depend on a range of factors, including the perceived level of risk, the number of visitors expected to attend, and the specific security challenges posed by the event. In the case of the LA Olympics, security will be particularly important given the potential threat of terrorism, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
- Opportunities for local businesses: The Olympics offer opportunities for local businesses to participate in the construction of Olympic facilities and provide goods and services to the visitors and athletes. This can lead to increased revenue and exposure for these businesses.
Overall, the impact of the Olympics on the AEC industry and local businesses can be significant. It can provide opportunities for growth, investment, and increased revenue. However, it is important to carefully plan and manage the impact of the Olympics on the local economy to ensure that the benefits are maximized and the negative impacts are minimized.