Olympic Regional Development Authority

Pathfinder is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for renovations and an addition to modernize the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The Center hosted two Olympics and numerous other competitions. It is central to the Lake

Placid community and a significant economic generator for the local economy and tourism. The facility is in need of renovation to stay relevant for hosting national and world competitions. The existing complex has three ice sheets, and an Olympic long course oval, with associated facilities for athletes and visitors. There is an connected convention and visitor center, which was recently renovated. This project will modernize and renovate the six basic components within the Olympic Center: the USA Arena, the 1980 Arena, the Link Building, the 1932 Arena, the maintenance building and the Oval.

Design for the USA Arena includes expansion of the ice surface to accommodate an Olympic-sized rink within the existing structure. It will include new seating, including ADA compliant seating, and the addition of new saddle bag structures to provide new locker rooms, Zamboni garage, storage, loading dock, guest service areas and other program spaces. 

1980 Arena design includes improved upper level and lower level restrooms, seating, mechanical systems, guest services, safety, building envelope and locker room improvements.

Link Building design includes a new below grade level tunnel system to connect the Link Building to the Oval with skate rental, restrooms and other required program space, improvement to existing below grade space. The first level will be expanded for a new lobby, ticketing, museum display and storage, circulation, monumental stairway and elevator system, existing egress pathways. The upper and intermediate level will be expanded for overall wayfinding and program distribution, administrative office spaces, restrooms, guest services and food service with enhanced exterior deck system.

1932 Rink design includes acoustical improvements, circulation and access, concession services, restroom facilities and seating access.

The Oval Building design features Zamboni storage and fueling, event timing systems, and the removal and replacement of the existing Speedskating Oval.

The MEP portion of the project is significant with new mechanical, power, lighting, fire alarm, and plumbing systems to be designed for the majority of the complex. The project will be designed in compliance with NYS Executive Order 88. The mechanical systems are intended to create flexible, functional and energy-efficient. Design will include heating, cooling, ventilation, energy recovery, and Automatic Temperature Control/Energy Management systems to create the appropriate thermal environment.

Plumbing engineering design includes upgrades to the domestic cold water, domestic hot water, sanitary drainage and ventilation, storm water drainage, and fire suppression. Lavatories will feature low-flow fixtures.

Electrical engineering design addresses power, electrical service and distribution, fire alarm, and a new scoreboard system. All interior and exterior lighting will be replaced with LED fixtures.

Electrical Engineering design includes modifications to existing system per new programming and building layouts and new systems for new additions to the building. Exterior improvements includes the installation of DMX LED lighting system for multi spectral illumination to create façade lighting per the facilities request. Complete fire alarm system evaluation will replace the existing fire alarm system with a new fully addressable fire alarm system.

The anticipated construction value is $66 million


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