Melnea Cass Ice Rink

Client: Department of Conservation & Recreation

Location: Roxbury, Massachusetts

Completion: Summer 2011

In addition to being a Maine Architect, early work included an exciting range of commercial work in Massachusetts as well. This project, located in the heart of Roxybury, MA, was another project by the DCR intended to revitalize the community by renovating a once popular, but long-abandoned ice rink facility. This is an example of a project that has had a profound effect on the community, serving as both an economic, and cultural catalyst for the area.

This project involved the renovation of a two-season facility that originally served hockey programs in winter, and swimming activities in the summer, into a four season recreation facility with an indoor roller derby and running track, indoor tennis courts, reception area, locker rooms, and a new cafeteria.

The primary structure, a series of glulam arches and purlins, was left intact, but the rest of the building was demolished, and removed. A range of industrial, contemporary materials such as split-face concrete block, Lucabond paneling, and polycarbonate glazing were used to enclose the structure, while bringing color, texture, and light into the space. A red standing-seam metal roof was added as well, giving the overall building a prominent role in the landscape of the surrounding area.

*designed while working for HKT Architects


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