Home to the University’s new Division 1 hockey teams, the Pegula Ice Arena establishes a new standard in collegiate training and competition facilities. In collaboration with Crawford Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has designed a state-of-the-art athletic and community venue carefully integrated into the fabric of the Penn State campus.
This LEED Silver facility contains two ice surfaces: a 6,000-seat main arena, including loge box, club and suite seating, along with a separate community rink with seating for 300 people. The community rink accommodates a range of activities including figure skating, speed skating, outreach instructional learn to play and learn to skate classes, and recreational use for students and the community.
The arena fits comfortably into the campus context with a scale, proportion and materiality that respects a diverse neighborhood of adjacent University buildings and athletic facilities. The main rink has been lowered into the landscape to reduce the exterior profile of the building and optimize the unique experience of looking down into the rink from the entry level. The competition rink’s concourse offers a sweeping vista of campus and Mount Nittany to the east, and affords dramatic views into both the main arena and the community rink. The glazed façades provide a high degree of transparency along principal campus pathways, while the larger east façade also serves as a beacon of light and activity on game night. The varied palette of brick coursing on the building’s facades, sweeping roof form and angled lines all serve to create a sense of movement and break down the overall scale of the building.
The Pegula Ice Arena was designed in collaboration with Crawford Architects.