The Rough Rider Center
The Rough Rider CenterWatford City, ND 2018
With the town motto “Come Be Our Guest,” it’s no surprise that Watford City is home to a new statewide events and convention center with space to attract all manner of athletic events. The Rough Rider Center features arenas for hockey, figure skating and roller skating, as well as basketball and volleyball courts, a field house with removable turf for soccer and baseball, a lap pool and a leisure pool, a 1,000-capacity convention center, a 3,000-seat auditorium, a running/walking track, a climbing wall, a new synthetic turf football stadium, a gymnastics club, laser tag, and not one — but six — bounce houses.
Situated on a hilltop with dramatic views of the prairie, the event center is sited to create a shared, protected south-facing entry courtyard, sheltered from the strong northwest prairie winds, while maximizing daylighting. The plan organization takes advantage of the sloping site, with the main concourse serving as a viewing area to the athletic venues located on the lower level, while also allowing for convenient top-loading of the spectator seating. The concourse widens and opens to the football field and the prairie beyond, and sports venues can be connected to provide for contiguous convention space.
Large floor openings were placed to create a strong connection between the main and lower-level concourses, and high-efficiency glazing and horizontal mullion extensions reduce solar heat gain. Clerestory lighting above the field house and ice sheets bring in additional natural light.
Project DetailsArchitect: JLG Architects
Construction Cost: $92,363,286
Square Feet: 261,000
Occupancy: September 2016
Building Systems - Skylights: Ford Metro Inc.
Field House - Indoor Turf: Kiefer U.S.A.
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls: Spectrum Sports Int'l
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Interkal
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Mondo
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Obermiller Nelson Engineering
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Daktronics Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: SDA
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Track & Field Equipment: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic
Ice Rinks - Bleachers/Grandstands: Interkal
Ice Rinks - Dashers: Cascadia Sport Systems
Ice Rinks - Refrigeration Units: Stevens Engineering
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mondo
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Mondo
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Mondo
Laundry - Dryers: Sani-Sport
Laundry - Washers: Sani-Sport
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Mondo
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Baseball Backstops: Aluminum Athletic Equipment
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Bleachers/Grandstands: Southern Bleacher Co.
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Football Goal Posts: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Soccer Goals: Sportsfield Specialties Inc.
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces: AstroTurf
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Track & Field Equipment: Reneer (Track Coating)
Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Integral - PIP
Pools - Bleachers: Interkal
Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology, Inc.
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Maytronics US Inc.
Pools - Covers: Alta Enterprises Inc.
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Diamond Brite
Pools - Dehumidifiers: Obermiller Nelson Engineering
Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson Inc.
Pools - Gutters: Neptune Benson Inc.
Pools - Heaters: Bell & Gossett
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Pentair Commercial Aquatics
Pools - Lane Markers: Competitor Swim
Pools - Lighting: Pentair Commercial Aquatics
Pools - Sanitization Systems: ETS
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.