By John Caulfield
Great Ice Park & FivePoint Arena, a 280,000-sf ice skating and training facility that opened in Irvine, Calif., last December 28th, is the first ice rink to be built in southern California’s Orange County in two decades.
The $104 million project consists of three NHL-size rinks (200x85 ft) and one Olympic-size rink (200x100 ft). It serves as the new training facility for the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League team, as well as for Olympic figure-skating training. The facility was financed by Irvine Ice Foundation, a nonprofit made up of locally-based civic leaders funded by the Ducks’ owners. The Foundation holds a 50-year lease, after which ownership of the facility reverts to the city.
The complex—for which LPA Architects was the designer and engineer, and Swinerton Builders the contractor—is unique in that it features two pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs) combined with one conventional building that houses the lobby, the Ducks’ training facility, and offices.