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Design Principles

Design of an ice skating facility show follow basic design principles
      Ice rink facilities share all the same concerns with other commercial construction:
  • Energy usage,
  • Operating costs and indoor climate.
      Understanding the potential uses and activities of the ice rink requires a knowledge and appreciation of the associated amenities that are totally unique and differ in many ways from standard buildings. The high humidity and cold temperatures of the rink's indoor air can make it a challenge to provide a comfortable environment for spectators and skaters while minimizing the engery costs.

      The ideal design should include the following basic technical elements:
  • Insulated walls and ceiling
  • Efficient refrigeration plant
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Efficient heating system
  • Air dehumidification
       Basic considerations for any sporting facilities include:
  • Four team rooms with showers
  • Dressing rooms
  • Lockers
  • Officials's rooms
  • Manager's office
  • Conference/mulit-function room
  • Food service
  • Sports shop
  • Climate comfortable areas for spectators
  • Public restrooms
  • Americans for Disability Act access
  • Adaquate on-site parking
  • Playing surface(s) for competitive matches and games
  • Open all year
  • First Aid
PDF  Technical Guidelines Of An Ice Rink - IIHF

      The following links provide illustrate designs of ice skating facilities that feature different energy conservation designs without ignoring the needs of spectators and recreational/competitive skaters. In many of the examples, the design actually increases the profit for investors.

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      Examples of facilities whose designers/architects were concerned with energy conservation, plus user and spectator design issues:
Starting An Ice Skating Rink

Facility Ownership Models

A Business Plan for an Ice Facility Complex

High School & College Club JV & Varsity Skating Teams

Ice Skating Rink Index

Ice Skating Disciplines

Athletes Health & Wellness Services

Skaters Educational Choices

Summary of Educational Choices

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

The Ultimate Ice Skating Facility
Planning a New Ice Skating Rink
Summary - Developing New Ice Skating Rinks
Executive Summary
Formulating a Rink Proposal
Feasibility Study
Business Financial Structures
Rink Feasibility Study
Facility Design Issues
Facilities Concerned with Design
Design Principles
Ice Skating Rink Business
PDF  When Bigger is Better
PDF  How An Ice Arena Works


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