Ice Skating Training Facilities

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Basic Rink Floor Plan

     The amenities of an ice rink can vary from being very austere building with an ice sheet to a full service facility that offers a full compliment of services that includes:
  • Comfortable seating for spectators with protection from flying pucks and handicap access
  • Heated viewing rooms for parents with Internet access and handicap access
  • Warm, clean, and odor free dressing rooms with handicap access
  • Clean, comfortable and warm public rest rooms with handicap access
  • Food Court with nutritious, healthy, and reasonably priced food and beverages
  • A well stocked Sports Equipment Sales Shop with skater repair and sharpening - convenient hours
  • Adequate parking with conveniently located handicap parking spaces
     Architect's use technical representations to develop and express a design concepts/ideas into a clear and coherent proposal for clients to convince them of the merits of a design, to enable a building contractor to prepare a bid to construct it.

    Architectural drawings are drawn according to a set of industry standards which include particular views (floor plan, section etc.), sheet sizes, units of measurement and scales, annotation and cross referencing.

    The use of Computer Assisted Drafting software has reduced the labor and speed up the process  compared to process of hand drawing the plans.

Architectural Drawings
    A full set of architectural drawings includes plans that individually contains the physical features and dimensions of the rooms and features such as windows, stairs, elevators, etc.  as per specific elements:
  • Renderings of exterior and interior views of the building. A perspective of the view from one, two or three particular fixed viewpoints.  The normal convention used in an architectural perspective is a two-point perspective, with all the verticals drawn as verticals on the page.

  • Floor plan - An overhead view showing the arrangement (map) of the building's spaces that shows the the horizontal section cut though a building (conventionally at three feet / one meter above floor level), showing walls, window and door openings and other features at that level. The plan view includes anything that could be seen below that level: the floor, stairs, elevators, etc.  Drexel Recreation Center Floor Plans

Multipurpose Recreational Facility Floor Plans
The City of Saint Peters, Missouri Rec-Plex  include a pool, ice rink, and gymnasiums. The facilities are available for rentals during non-public hours.

Many youth groups, churches, athletic organizations, and schools already take advantage of the Rec-Plex for their events.

  • Site Plan - A specific type of plan, showing the whole context of a building or group of buildings. A site plan shows property boundaries and means of access to the site, and relevant nearby structures with layout of roads, parking, etc. Sprinker Recreation Center Master Site Plans  Blue Ash Recreation Center Site Plan

  • Building Elevations - A view of a building seen from one side, a flat representation of a view that describes the external appearance of a building. Each elevation of a building is labeled in relation to the compass direction it faces, (the north elevation is the side that most closely faces north).  Examples of building elevations.

  • Mechanical - Drawing of the heating, cooling, ventilation, and dehumidification systems; elevators shafts, etc.  Mechanical drawings require special knowledge that administrators and architects usually do not have. Suggested reading Understanding of blueprints, design documents.
  • Plumbing - Water supply lines and sewer connections.  Plumbing Drawings.
  • Interior Design - Plans for specific building functions/uses such as seating, food service, locker/dressing rooms, lounges, rest rooms, sport sales area, office space., etc.

     The following examples show how various amenities can be situated to compliment the concept of a multipurpose recreational facility:     The following projects are provided to illustrate types of plans that can help attract interest in a project in anticipation of raising the funds to hire an architect to initiate preliminary drawings for a specific site:

Attracting and Retaining Pedestrian Traffic Through Design
     Recreation center design and development begins with a selection of an anchor sport(s) that provides a primary attraction for people to consistently patronize the project. Many kinds of sports and other social/ physical activities can serve as an anchor(s) for developing a community sports and activities center.

     The role of a primary attraction is that it generates a large number of repeat visitors who use the facility on a regular basis. The overall design must create a community icon that the surrounding community needs and wants.

     Even developments with attractive anchors can fail because they neglect to design a circulation patterns for people inside the center and from the parking lots and public transit stops. People may want to come, but if they can't navigate easily, they won't stay, and they won't come back.

     The best design doesn't guide customers; it provides them with choices of how the patrons can enter the complex. The site plan separates major sports and activities from each other and provides internal access  between them. Parking should surround the center so the athletes and visitors can choose to park close to their destination, while the aesthetics of the design entices them to visit and use the other amenities without having to move their car.

     Essential in such a concept is a systematic environmental graphics program can help unify the look — and even the emotional resonance — of a sports and recreation facility with other community activities for all ages and interests.

Ice Skating and Medical Centers
The following are examples of ice skating facilities being adject to skating facilities"
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center  - outdoor seasonal Nob. 27 thru March 27
  • The Kettler Capitals Iceplex is a joint venture between the Washington Capitals and Arlington County and is the practice facility, training center and corporate headquarters for the Washington Capitals - Washington's NHL franchise. The facility will also house office space; media facilities; and additional space for special events; a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training center for the Capitals with a large weight and fitness room, extensive athletic-training and medical facilities, spacious locker-room and lounge areas and a high-tech video room.


Dr. Thomas F. Frist Centennial Sportsplex  This facility consist of 2 Ice Hockey rinks, Olympic Size Pool and several tennis courts.

Schenley Oval Sportsplex  This sports complex features a 400 meter rubberized running track, sports turf soccer field and high jump area in addition to tennis courts, grass soccer fields and cross-country trails.

RDV Sportsplex and Florida Hospital Rehabilitation and Sports ...
MVP Sports Clubs manages seven sports and fitness facilities throughout Florida and Michigan, totaling over 23,000 members. Facilities include RDV Sportsplex (362,000 sq. ft.) in Orlando (FL); MVP Sportsplex (96,000 sq. ft.), MVP Metro Club (23,000 sq. ft.) and MVP Fieldhouse (49,000 sq. ft.) in Grand Rapids (MI); MVP Athletic Club (102,000 sq. ft.) in Holland (MI); MVP Athletic Club (103,000 sq. ft.) in Rockford (MI) and MVP Sports Spot (85,000 sq. ft.) in Kentwood (MI).

RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club - Orlando
  • Over 400 pieces of cardiovascular and strength training equipment
  • Studio Cycling
  • Three swimming pools
  • 15,000 square feet dedicated exclusively to children
  • Clay and Hard court tennis courts
  • Group Exercise Studio
  • And more!
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den - Orlando
  • Olympic and NHL size ice rinks
  • Public skating 7 days a week
  • Figure skating academy
  • Hockey leagues, tournaments, camps

Sportsplex   Coral Springs, FL 

Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex  North Florida  Indoor sports and meeting facility

Freedom Harbor - Tampa Bay   Proposed multi-faceted planned community real estate development featuring a Sportsplex, Medical Center, Assisted/Independent Living Facility, Restaurants, Hotel, Retail Stores, Townhome Community, and a Resort Community. Article.

Miscellaneous Links
  • RinkGuard - An insurance program designed for ice rink owners/operators

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