Dakotah! Ice Center

Prior Lake, Minnesota

Shingobee constructed this new ice arena addition for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in 2008. Shingobee provided pre-construction and general contracting services for the new arena, a 72,000-square-foot addition of an NHL-sized sheet of ice, with seating capacity for 1,200 people.

The new facility contains energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and state-of-the-art components. It features a seamless glass dasher board system, which curves along with the boards. Amenities include two mezzanine levels, an elevator, seven locker rooms, a new concession area, conference rooms and a concourse viewing and seating area.

The building’s “green” features include a 32,648-square-foot green roof that treats stormwater and improves energy efficiency, skylights coupled with daylight harvesting sensors, and sixteen solar panels that heat water for use in the ice resurfacing equipment. A compressor system and heat exchanger takes the waste heat from the ice-making equipment and redirects it through the bleachers to heat the concrete floor of the seating area. Landscaping includes recycled, permeable pavers and a rain garden; Many recycled and energy-efficient materials were utilized throughout the building.


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