Bloomington Ice Gartens

Rink 1 at the Bloomington Ice Gardens was designed to operate seasonal over 38 years ago in 1969.  With the expansion of hockey in the Twin Cities this rink soon became one of the premier hockey centers forcing it to operate on a year round schedule.  The facility was original constructed with a Holmsten direct refrigeration system, one of the most common and efficient ice systems at the time.  Year round operation and age took its toll on the ice system over the years.

In 2006, with an aging ice system and obvious concerns with frost build up beneath the ice rink floor, the City of Bloomington hired Stevens to evaluate the existing ice system and to design improvements to the system.  After considering alternative systems and salvaging and reusing the existing equipment, Stevens designed an industrial grade refrigeration system that will last long into the future.  The project’s challenges not only included; a very small mechanical room, site drainage outside of the mechanical room (of which Stevens designed the site improvements), and tight project schedule, but also deep layers of frost that required removal before the new ice rink floor could be constructed.  Stevens’ knowledge with ice rink projects, renovation projects, scheduling and soils played a key role in the project’s success.