Baxter Arena – University of Nebraska Omaha

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Baxter Arena – University of Nebraska Omaha

Omaha, NE 2016

Project Description

Located adjacent to the city of Omaha’s booming Aksarben Village neighborhood, Baxter Arena is the new home of the University of Nebraska Omaha’s hockey, basketball and volleyball programs. The university’s vision for the arena included attracting top student-athletes, ensuring an exceptional fan experience, enhancing connections to the community and elevating campus life.

The facility provides 7,800 seats and two ice sheets: one for competition and another for community use. The main arena can easily morph to accommodate basketball and volleyball, as well as serve as a venue for concerts, graduations and other events. The building is a vibrant representation of the university’s brand, and helps to anchor the southern boundary of the campus while creating a visible link to the greater community. The arena’s industrial aesthetic is reinforced with exposed structure and building systems.

Architecture consists of two primary elements: the arena and the community ice sheet. The community ice sheet was designed as the focal point, and exterior walls enclosing the space feature large expanses of glass to provide unobstructed views of events happening inside. Extra care was taken to ensure direct sunlight never comes in contact with the ice surface at any point during the year.

Project Details

Architect: HDR
Architect: Lempka Edson Architects
Construction Cost: $86.1 million
Square Feet: 220,000
Occupancy: October 2015

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Keiser Corp.

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Samsung

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: North West Rubber Mats Ltd.

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Sorinex Exercise Equipment

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Sorinex Exercise Equipment

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Irwin Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: TMS Curtains

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Spec Seats International

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Electronic Sound, EAW-Loudspeakers, QSC - Digital Processing & Power Amplifier, Allen & Heath - Mixing Sonsole

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Ice Rinks - Bleachers/Grandstands: Southern Bleacher Co.

Ice Rinks - Dashers: Athletica

Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Cimco Refrigeration

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Robbins Sports Surfaces - Ice Cover

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Gerflor Taraflex Sports Flooring

Laundry - Dryers: Alliance Laundry Systems

Laundry - Washers: Alliance Laundry Systems

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Lockers: List Industries Inc.

Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: Am-Finn Sauna & Steam

Pools - Water Play Features: HydroWorx International Inc.

Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables: Athletic Edge

Architect Of Record

Omaha, NE

Associate Architect

Lempka Edson Architects
Lenexa, KS

Design Architect

Omaha, NE

ICE Systems

MM& I Engineering Consultants
Carmel, IN

IT/AV Consultants

Technical Design Group (TDG)
Buda, TX