Awards: Docomomo Civic/Institutional Design Award of Excellence
This iconic Eero Saarinen building's renovation and much-needed refurbishment was achieved with minimal disturbance to the original design. The building was completely updated to meet current codes, and a 12,700 square foot underground extension was created to provide new locker rooms, training areas, offices, lounges, and other facilities. The addition is hidden beneath a parking lot, and glass block walls and windows let natural day lighting into the training area. To meet ADA requirements, a new handicapped entrance was integrated into one of the existing ticket booths. A new team entry to the extension was carefully blended into the surrounding landscape.
The passing of time and the rink's interior climate had taken a toll on some of the concrete, which was repaired. The playing surface was taken down to bare earth and a new surface ice making and climate control systems were installed that will permit the rink to be used year round.
To accommodate a full range of modern media and broadcasting equipment, larger press boxes were added. Although some seating had to be removed to accomplish this, additional corner seating was added to maintain a seating capacity of 3,500 and to improve sight lines. All of the benches were refinished or replaced.
A new insulated roof was installed while preserving the original oak roof timbers, energy efficient lighting was incorporated, plate glass was replaced with insulated glass, and the exterior wood doors were refinished or replaced.
The renovations to the rink were scheduled to take place over two summers, starting in the late spring and finishing by early September each year, to accommodate the athletic schedules of the men's and women's varsity hockey teams. Construction on the underground addition proceeded year round.