The Rough Rider Center

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The Rough Rider Center

Watford City, ND 2018

Project Description

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 Details

Architect: 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.

Architect Of Record

JLG Architects
Minneapolis, MN

Aquatic Engineer

Water Technology, Inc.
Beaver Dam, WI

Landscape Architect

JLG Architects
Minneapolis, MN

Construction Manager

Kraus-Anderson Construction
Minneapolis, MN

Ice Systems

Stevens Engineering
Hudson, WI

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