Harold Alfond Forum - University of New England

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Harold Alfond Forum - University of New England

Biddeford, Maine 2013

Project Description

The University of New England’s Harold Alfond Forum is designed to convey a clear understanding of location in relation to the three primary uses. Visitors arriving at the two-story main lobby have instant access to the café area, a view of the ice rink and direct access to the field house and athletic support facilities.

A grand open stair and elevator in the lobby lead to the ice arena, located a half-level below ground to take advantage of the existing topography and provide easier access to the upper-level seating concourse. The stair and elevator also provide access to the second-level athletic offices and academic facilities, which include a lounge, faculty offices, classrooms, labs and a large meeting room that overlooks the ice arena and field house.

The interior finishes and materials are designed for appearance, durability and economy. The ice rink and the field house are separated by a zone of locker rooms, mechanical areas and support spaces. The two-story athletic administration/academic structure is attached to the ice rink and field house and located on the west side of the building, facing the parking lot and pedestrian walkway that connects the building to the residential facilities and the outdoor playing fields.

Project Details

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Sasaki Associates Inc.; Watertown, Mass.
Construction Cost: $16.5 million
Square Feet: 106,500
Occupancy: October 2012

Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Basketball Flooring: Connor Sports

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Dashers: Becker Arena Products Inc.

Divider Curtains: Gared Sports

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring: Eco Surfaces

Flooring, Aerobics: Mondo

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Hydrotherapy Tanks: White Hall / Polar Pool Silver

Lighting: Xtra Light

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Multipurpose Flooring: Connor Sports

Pre-Engineered Structures: Butler Manufacturing Co.

Refrigeration Units: Emerald Environmental Technologies

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Taping/Treatment Tables: PROTEAM by Hausmann

Volleyball Flooring: Connor Sports

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Wall Padding: Gared Sports

Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems