Zeppelin Rental supplies Nordic ski championships

By Belinda Smart22 March 2021

Zeppelin Rental has provided 500 rooms of temporary accommodation and a range of machinery for the Nordic World Ski Championships 2021, which took place from February 23 to March 7 in Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps, Germany.

Zeppelin Rental’s order for the Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 included 500 rooms and sanitary systems.

The order, split between Zeppelin Rental’s room systems project department and rental department, comprised 500 room and sanitary systems, wheel loaders and telescopic forklifts with attachments for winter service and material transport, construction machinery for modelling cross-country trails, light giraffes for lighting, and 2.5 kilometres of site fences and grids.

While the Championships did not host spectators due to the pandemic, temporary infrastructure was needed for 4,500 athletes, supervisors, volunteers and media workers, with end-uses including admin, preparation and common rooms and sanitary areas.

Florian Stern, Managing Director of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2021, said “the construction of new buildings would be neither economical nor sustainable” to support the championships. “That’s why we decided on a temporary infrastructure made up of containers.”

A total of 29 container systems for the 500 rooms was required, with the International Broadcast Center (IBC) requiring 200 units. The containers for media workspace required cable bushings in the outer walls as well as internal and external cable guides. Featuring brand-new room systems and internal corridors, the centre also had acoustic ceilings.

Limited space and the large number of units required a tight construciton schedule, overseen by Zeppelin.

Other special requirements included the installation of fans in wax rooms to abate fumes.

Zeppelin Rental oversaw the construction schedule, while work on individual room systems was undertaken in service centres across Germany.

“Our fleet management and our logistics department planned meticulously when which room system would be delivered,” said Zeppelin Sale Representative Christina Poltz.

“Due to the large number of containers and the limited space on site, it had to be ensured that incoming modules did not hinder the construction work on site and that no unplanned intermediate storage was required.”

The room systems were transported to Oberstdorf by Zeppelin in around 250 truckloads within five weeks. Using mobile and fixed cranes, up to 40 room systems were constructed per day in the busiest building phase.

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