Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial Ice Rink Replacement

Erdman Anthony provided structural and mechanical design for the complete replacement of an 85' x 200' rink slab for the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester, NY. The slab design included tight tolerance for specific flatness and levelness criteria. The unique concrete placement and finishing issues required special construction details, insert installation, and material specification. In addition, our team replaced a refrigeration piping system that consisted of 51,000 lf of welded pipe, the equivalent of 9.6 mi of piping.

Erdman Anthony represented the owner throughout the project's planning, estimating, design, bidding, pre-construction, and construction phases. Our structural design included a concrete slab to house the cooling system piping, new in-slab circus rigging inserts, anchors for the goal inserts, and new inserts that required strict layout to reuse the existing dasher boards. Refrigerant headers and distribution piping were incorporated in the mechanical design, as well as a new automated controls system.

Erdman Anthony delivered a cost effective design that met the demanding design and construction schedule and provided high-quality ice for the professional hockey team. The design was performed in three phases and was completed on schedule to allow for the planning and execution of the construction phase. Our team specified construction materials and techniques that minimized construction duration to requirements and accommodated planned events at the ice rink. The new energy management controls interface reduced annual energy costs while automating system control.    

Project Details


Rochester, NY


City of Rochester

Construction Cost


Project Contact

Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP®
  • Michael St. John, PE, CEM, LEED AP®
  • 585-427-8888 x 1054
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