Workers find work on URI Ice Arena going smoothly
Seating framework, concrete ground slab
completed as work rolls on schedule
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 16, 2002 -- Workers have completed the steel seating risers and the ground-level concrete slab for the $12 million University of Rhode Island ice arena.
Only nine months since the first bulldozers and excavators began site preparation to the north of the URI tennis courts, the building structure is substantially complete and observers can now see the concrete outline of the rink and how the seating is going to be laid out.
"Its an exciting time for this project because visible progress is being made," said Paul DePace, URI associate director for capital projects. "With the seating structures in place, the initial concrete slab complete and masonry work in full swing, its not hard to imagine a public skating session or hockey game going on here."
The north and west walls, made of foam insulated wall panels the color of sandstone, are completed. The buildings roof, gutters and trim, which are all completed, are painted green to match the copper roofs on the Quadrangle. On May 28, workers will be placing the concrete slab for the rink surface.
Bleacher seats are on site and ready for installation after workers paint the overhead steel beams Keaney Blue.
In addition, masons should be close to completing the masonry facade on the east side of the building by the end of the week.
Work on the sprinkler system and water lines is under way, and workers are now installing glycol lines for the rink. Glycol is the freezing agent for the refrigeration system.
Workers are also installing steel drywall studs around the seating bowl.
Interest in the project has been building since 250 people turned out on the hottest day of summer last August to launch construction of the 2,500-seat ice arena, one of only two ice rinks in Rhode Island that will operate year round. "Interest in the ice facility remains strong," Terry Butler, of Global Spectrum, manager of the ice arena, said recently, as more than 450 potential players have already expressed interest in the Southern Rhode Island Youth Hockey Organization. "We have also hired Jewell Augustine, as our skating director, who will organize Learn-to-Skate programs for the community."
A.F. Lusi Construction Inc. of Greenville is building the arena, while Symmes Maini & McKee Associates of Cambridge, Mass., is working with Lusi on the architectural and engineering portion of the 60,000-square-foot project. HOK Sports Facility Group of Kansas City, architects for the Convocation Center, prepared the bid specification documents for the ice arena. Gilbane Building Co. is the program manager for both the ice arena and Convocation Center.
When it is opened in September, the arena will be available seven days a week, 15 hours a day.
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