Facility named for Whitney, Mars: Crews expected to break ground in next several weeks

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SHERIDAN — Sheridan on Skates has announced the official name of Sheridan’s new indoor ice arena: Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center, in recognition of Forrest Mars and Whitney Benefits for their contributions to the project.

SOS also has released the architect’s schematic renderings to the public as contractors prepare to break ground in the next several weeks.

“We’re excited to give the public a preview of what they’ve helped us build,” SOS board member Charley Whiton said. “While we’re still in the middle of our community fundraising campaign, all of the donations received thus far have brought us to a point where we can show a detailed illustration of Sheridan’s first indoor ice arena.”

The design features clean lines in a stacked, modern-looking arrangement, as shown in the drawings released by Dale Buckingham Architects. Brown architectural concrete blocks will define the facade, set apart by thin, white vertical translucent light panels.

These panels will allow natural light in to provide a soft glow at night on the building exterior and allow natural light into the ice rink during the day.

Two tan cornerstones made of hard-coat stucco will sit parallel to Brundage Street, with one surrounding the existing compressor building to make the structure consistent with the new design.

The facility will be approximately 35,000 square feet with the existing pad of ice, eight locker rooms to accommodate both figure skating and hockey programs, and coaches and officials.

The rink will also feature a concession stand, an exercise room, a meeting room and spectator seating for 420. Groathouse Construction will serve as construction manager, working with Dale Buckingham Architects, Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers, A.C.E Associated Construction Engineering, Inc., and DOWL HKM. Subcontractor bid requests will be going out soon.

By |Feb. 3, 2015|

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