The improved arena conveys a greater sense of connection within a larger, modern and more comfortable setting. The building envelope consists of a large, glass and aluminum-framed curtainwall on the entrance façade, bringing natural light into the lobby and offering a peek into the skating rink from the exterior. Continuing the view inside, Alumicor’s interior framing systems transparently separate the concourse and the arena.
“Our standard systems allowed for a versatile, cost-effective approach that met the project specification,” said Lamoureux. Alumicor’s doors and entrance systems were paired with a surrounding enclosure of blue wall panels and signage to designate the main public entry and differentiate it from the players’ entrance.
The curtainwall’s glass was custom-printed in a colorful polka-dotted pattern. According to TLA Architectes, this cloud of multicolored points was inspired by winter precipitation and its intrinsic link to the practice of ice sports. Lamoureux noted, “The combination of materials and TLA’s design creates an overall welcoming, energetic effect.”
The multifunctional space not only accommodates the City’s fourth indoor rink, but also provides an event venue with capacity of up to 1,000 people. The two-story, 4,225m2 (45,477ft2) building houses the new National Hockey League-sized rink plus bleachers for 760 fans, six players’ locker rooms, a referees’ locker room and coaches’ rooms. On the second floor, a multipurpose public space acts as a foyer. A pro-shop counter, mechanical and electrical rooms, a resurfacing room, a food court and several other support spaces complete the new facility.