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    Project Details

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  • Expertise: Evaluation, Design, Construction
  • Status: Completed 2015

Sullivan Arena

Sullivan Arena, known to the locals as “The Sully”, is Alaska’s crown jewel for all kinds of entertainment. The Sully is a multi-use facility hosting a variety of events year round, but the highlight is ice hockey.

Sullivan Arena is Alaska’s largest entertainment venue, and has nearly 6,300 seats where spectators can enjoy all different levels of hockey. The Olympic sized arena that sits within Sullivan Arena hosts hockey contests for the Anchorage community, all the way up to the professional level. The Sully is home to the Alaska Aces of the ECHL professional league, as well as the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves who reside in the WCHA Division 1 hockey conference.

B32 Engineering Group spearheaded the ice system replacement design, which also included the replacement of the ice and dasher board systems and modifications to related spaces. B32 left it’s mark on the project when they designed this CO2 refrigerant based ice system. This was the second CO2 refrigerant based ice system in the United States. This followed up B32 Engineering Group’s first, and highly successful, CO2 based ice system at the McDonald Center the year before. This is the first CO2 system at the professional and college levels of play. The main benefit using CO2 refrigerant is that it minimizes energy use which provides higher temperature waste heat. This is important because a higher temperature waste heat provides opportunities for additional uses throughout the building.

This facility is managed by SMG.