The Scheels IcePlex was a highly anticipated skating facility for Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Owned and operated by the Ice Sports Association (ISA), this facility replaced two existing single ice sheet facilities in Sioux Falls. The Sioux Falls Ice & Rec Center was used full-time and was also the practice facility for the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Fairgrounds rink was utilized during peak hockey season. Both of these facilities lacked programming space, poor ice and air quality, were not energy efficient and had outlived their time. However, the key feature these two buildings could not provide, even with costly upgrades, was more ice time for practicing and game scheduling, along with a sense of home team pride when playing their opponents. With hundreds of youth hockey and figure skating participants in the Sioux Falls Area, ISA was formed to create a facility that would encompass all ice sports under one roof and be large enough to support practices and games alike.
The Scheels IcePlex is a 100,000 sf building utilizing 11 acres at the north end of the 62 acre Sanford Sports Complex. The facility has 3 ice rinks, 12 locker rooms (4 locker rooms for each rink), figure skating clubhouse and a multitude of accessory spaces including ice resurfacer rooms, offices, concessions, reception area, ice skate sharpening room and meeting/party room. Also included in the facility is a clubhouse suite for the Sioux Falls Stampede and an ice training room for the Sanford “Power” program.
Spectator seating was designed to allow for main level seating on two of the rinks, and mezzanine level viewing on all three rinks. The Feature rink provides fixed seating on both sides of the rink for approximately 1,000 people. The Feature rink utilizes precast stadia plank fixed seating for the home team side, and aluminum bleachers for the “away” side and also for the secondary rink. Another 300 spaces are provided through standing room only along mezzanine railings and flexible table seating along the mezzanine walls.
The ice rinks were designed using two separate systems, a sand base rink floor system and a concrete base rink floor system. The sand base has significantly less upfront construction cost but does not allow the flexibility of a concrete base floor system (use without ice sheet). The decision was made to go with two sand floors and one concrete floor. The sand base systems will keep the ice on for a majority of the year, if not the entire year. The concrete base floor will be able to be utilized during warm months for training camps and other activities and will be the last floor to be covered with ice based on programming needs.
Project Goal #1
Create a facility to replace two existing and outdated single ice sheet facilities in Sioux Falls with one facility that would encompass all ice sports under one roof and be large enough to support practices and games alike.
- 3 rinks
- Feature rink provides fixed seating on both sides of the rink for approximately 1,000 people
- Concessions area
- 12 locker rooms
- Conceptual Design
- Design Visualization Utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- Design Development
- Construction Documents
- Construction Administration