Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
10,000 m2 (105,000 ft2)
Targeting LEED® Silver
The Rochester Institute of Technology hockey arena is home to the RIT Tigers Men’s team. The facility replaced the existing Frank Ritter Memorial arena and is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility, hosting hockey activities and games, as well as concerts and other university functions, including convocation.
The arena includes a main event level at-grade with the ice surface, change rooms, a partial concourse for seating access, washrooms, concessions, and support areas. The one suspended level includes a main concourse, a club lounge, and private suites. Structural features include the main roof, designed with capacity to support rigging loads for a variety of events, including concerts, and the low west roof, designed with capacity to support a future second storey and additional seating.
Given the arena’s prominent location at the main entry to the campus, the university emphasized iconic architecture as a primary project goal.
Challenge: The existing site was a parking lot backfilled with as much as five feet of concrete debris, which posed challenges for the foundation system.
Solution: To avoid the prohibitive cost of removing the concrete debris, Entuitive chose to use a driven small diameter piling system to first drill through the fill. The ground floor was designed as a structural slab-on-grade to accommodate future, expected settlement.
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