The design of the Fort DuPont Ice Arena proposed a phased design for a 21st century, 100,000 sq. ft., $20 million ice skating rink in the heart of D.C. The proposed facility was intended to serve as a resource for community enrichment in addition to contributing to economic growth and neighborhood stability.
A primary design challenge was planning a cost-effective ice rink that included all amenities with reasonable maintenance and upkeep for the owner. Marshall Moya Design leveraged a collaborative design approach to address this, by assembling an A/E team that included ice rink operations and management experts. Art Sutherland of Accent Refrigeration, an operations instructor for numerous ice facilities in Canada, USA, Japan, and Africa as well as one of the Region’s top rink managers, CRP Management, advised the best value systems and operational assets for Fort DuPont. End-user input was lead by Erica Ling, a 30-year ice-skating veteran and practicing architect. The final two-sheet design featured central operational facilities in the eastern sheet and grade level parking as part of Phase 1 implementation. The western sheet was designed to be a later phase if necessary to provide flexibility for the budget.