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TRIA Rink (Minnesota Wild)

The building now occupied by the new TRIA rink was originally constructed for Macy’s way back in 1963. In 2016, the Minnesota Wild signed the new lease for their brand new ice rink and practice facility to be designed on the roof of the building. The rink is located on the 5th floor of the building, while the Minnesota Wild officials have their offices and training spaces in the basement of the building. A dedicated elevator connects the two spaces.

Challenges for this project were numerous including building the new ice rink on the 5th floor of an existing parking structure. Not only was this a new facility, but it included a full height wall of west facing glass. The system needed to meet the high performance demands for an NHL hockey team, the Minnesota Wild, all while staying within a restricted budget. Even though the budget was restricted, B32 was able to design a high performance system that still allowed the success of the overall building development. Drawing from experiences of other high performance and NHL ice rink facilities, B32 Engineering Group, Inc. were able to provide many options for the ice system design as the project moved through the design phase even as layout of the facilities changed.

In addition to the Minnesota Wild, the facility is also home to the Division 2 Hamline University Pipers Hockey Team as well as the Minnesota Whitecaps who are apart of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Congratulations to the Minnesota Whitecaps for winning the 2019 NWHL championship and the Isobel Cup!