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Ice Rink Construction
Environmental Air Quality and SafetyConstruction of an ice rink requires an experienced designer. An individual with this expertise is rarely found in an architectural firm unless they have previous experience in recreation centers, especially ones that feature aquatic centers and ice rinks.
Just as indoor pools have special construction concerns caused by warm, humid environment with atmospheric contamination from chorine to treat the water, ice rinks pose specific problems from cold, damp environments causing mold, plus problems related to carbon monoxide from the resurfacing equipment, and potential accidental leaks of ammonia into the building.
Dehumidification For An Ice Rink - Everything Ice
An important design issue you may encounter in opperating an ice rink. We have dozens of tools to help you with your efforts. By John Burley.
Dehumidification: Athletic Facilities Cost-Effective Climate ...
Athletic arena events, indoor ice rinks require a dehumidification design based on years of experience dehumidifying skating and curling rinks to prevent corrosion, mold, and mildew.
Reduce Mold and Mildew in Locker Rooms Modern locker rooms have utilized dry desiccant dehumidification to maintain humidity levels for the locker rooms.
Indoor Pool Ventilation
Indoor Pool Ventilation Indoor swimming pools continuously produce large quantities of chlorine laden water vapor through the process of pool evaporation.
Environment monitoring is an integral part of protecting athletes and spectators from combustible gases such as Chlorine & Ammonia or Carbon Monoxide. Detector monitors should continuously be in operation operation in confined areas and provide an audible alarm and visual indication of gas toxicity status.
A full service recreational Complex with ice and aquatic facilities.
Combining other recreational sports and physical activities with one or more sheets of ice provides
a stronger economic model than a just an ice rink with no other amenities.
New Compact Ice Resurfacer
Sport Ice, a fully automated ice resurfacer being manufactured at the Everything Ice plant at 115 School St. in Salix. Smaller size electric resurfacing machine for smaller practice ice surfaces.
Construct a facility that meets the needs of the users, and they will support it!
The developer of the ice rink facility must bear the responsibility to understanding the needs of the users and spectators. These individuals will collective generate the revenues to produce a positive balance sheet.
As a developer/owner who is responsible for management, insist on quality and build to reduce energy usage, maintenance, and repairs during the life of the structure. Some speculators construct projects with the idea of selling the project for a profit before problems are likely to occur that require major and very expensive repairs.
The lowest bid may cost more over the life of the building
There are four key factors that will determine potential future problems of the ice floor are likely to occur:
Besides the expense, the repairs usually will require the facility to be out of service for several weeks, even months without revenue and disrupting the training of athletes who have signed contracts for ice time.
Basic Ice Rink Construction
J Burley has produced this quick overview of minimum design criteria for the building. The investment toward this design approach has shown to quickly return the added construction cost with the total complex’s energy performance or has been found to be mandatory for the environmental demands of a skating complex. A more extensive building design scope is available through J BURLEY upon request.
To make ice, the floor is chilled to 24 degrees and then a thin sheet of water is poured over the floor. This process is repeated every 20 minutes until a ¾" sheet of ice is made. It takes approximately 12-18 hours to make a ¾" sheet of ice.
When 1/3 of the ice thickness is completed, white paint is coated over the ice.
When 2/3 of the ice is frozen, the lines and logos are painted onto the ice, then the final 1/3 is laid.
Source: Scottrade Center
Multipurpose Arena Facilities
from ice to another event poses a major challenge and expense.
Sept. 29, 2010 ... Other Selected Ice-Floor References: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC; Tampa Ice Palace, Tampa, FL; Sioux Falls Ice Arena, Sioux Falls, SD
Yale’s David S. Ingalls Rink unique Roof Design
Since hosting its first intercollegiate game on December 3, 1958, when the Bulldogs faced Northeastern, the rink has been an architectural marvel. Designed by noted architect Eero Saarinen ’34, the arena gets its distinctive exterior look from a humpbacked roof, supported by a 300-foot backbone. The building has been compared to a Norse helmet and a brontosaurus, but neither of those names stuck like the Yale Whale, the arena’s most common colloquialism. Ingalls Rink is the home of recreational skating, the Figure Skating Club (www.yale.edu/yfsc), Yale men’s and women’s varsity hockey teams, Intramural hockey, and Yale Youth Hockey.
The roof supporting system is deceptively simple in appearance. Although the ice rink itself is a standard rectangle with rounded corners, it is housed in an elliptical building. Moreover, the architect took a radical turn in creating the roof, conceiving a graceful concrete arch that forms the axial spine of the building.
Roof-support cables are suspended laterally from this spine, extending to the perimeter wall of the building, where they are attached to a horizontal compression beam at the top of the wall. A curved plaster ceiling is suspended above the upper seating area and circulation ramps of the vast, column-free interior.
The building’s plan is elliptical and cast-concrete walls run round the two long edges of the ellipse. These walls slant upwards and outwards at an angle of 15 degrees; above them the drama of the roof occurs. A central arch spans the major axis of the ellipse and from this great spin-like arch, cables take out two catenary curves in both directions. The concave and the convex forms create a mutual tension and through this a dynamic building emerges." – Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p225.
"Ingalls Rink, which seats 3,486 spectators, is located near the heart of the Yale Campus, on the corner of Prospect and Sachem Streets.
A major renovation that spanned from 2008 to 2009 has preserved that tradition while also dramatically adding to the usable space in the facility. A 12,700 square-foot underground addition now contains a strength and conditioning center, numerous locker rooms, equipment rooms, an athletic medicine center, a varsity player lounge, coaches offices, a reception room, a student-athlete study area, new training rooms, and special changing rooms for community skating programs, installation of low maintenance, energy- efficient light fixtures; refinishing of the original wooden benches, with corner seating added for improved sight-lines; the refurbishment or replacement of the Rink’s exterior wood doors and the use of new Low-E insulating curtainwall glass; and the addition of new, larger press- boxes providing exceptional sight lines, among other improvements.
Source – Yale Press Release
Cable Roofs & Tensioned Fabric Structures
Yale University Skating Rink. · Tulsa Exposition Center , Tulsa , OK ... California – Lindsay Park Sports Center , Calgary , Alberta – Munich Ice Rink, Germany . · Air-Supported Roofs: Walter Bird's First Radome/ Radome Technology Locating a new rink inside an old and sometimes historic building
Depot Ice Rink Minneapolis, Minnesota
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
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