The LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg, Va., is home to Liberty University’s American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I and II men's and women’s hockey teams and the figure and synchronized skating teams, and is often utilized by the community for open skating, open hockey and summer camps. Mesco’s Architectural Flat insulated wall and Double-Lok roof panels were specified components in the 2015 massive renovation of the ice arena initiated by increased utilization of the facility.
The project began in March 2015 and was slated to be completed in 10 months. However, it was completed in an impressive seven-month condensed schedule by contractor Glass & Associates Inc. of Lynchburg in October.
Renovations expanded the 60,000-square-foot facility by nearly 30,000 feet, allowing for larger tournaments, three times as many spectators, 10 private suites and standing room areas in the student sections and the spacious concourse.
Approximately 15,000 square feet of Mesco’s CF36 and CF24 Architectural Flat Horizontal insulated wall panels were installed on the structure, along with a retrofit Double-Lok Midnight Bronze standing seam roof for the existing pre-engineered building. The in-house design team of Glass & Associates Inc., led by architect David Giles, was instrumental in the facility’s architectural design. SNW Steel Services of Slayton, Va., served as the Mesco builder of the project.
The new arena officially opened its doors on October 23, 2015 to host the highly anticipated hockey match between the Liberty Flames and their nationally-ranked rival, the Davenport Panthers, in the Blue & Gray Cup Series. The excitement for the grand-reopening of the arena and the return of the home team led to an increase in ticket sales. Many visitors now boast that LaHaye has the best atmosphere for sports in the ACHA.
Liberty University administrators commended all involved meeting an aggressive completion schedule that led to the successful re-opening of the arena.