Toscano Family Ice Forum University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Construction Cost: $62.5 million
Area / Square Feet: 97,276
Occupancy Date: January 2023

Hosting its inaugural game in January 2023, the University of Connecticut’s new 97,300-squarefoot Toscano Family Ice Forum takes its place within the university’s dynamic Athletics District. Toscano provides Division I-level coaching and player training facilities for the men’s and women’s teams and an intimate arena with seating for 2,680 fans. 

Traveling from the main campus along Jim Calhoun Way and viewed from an elevated perspective, the building makes a compelling statement. While material from the district’s surrounding structures were employed — glass, brick and metal panel threaded with accents of UConn blue — these elements were interpreted to express the kinetic nature of the sport of ice hockey. The building’s north-facing glass facade is set off by an angled configuration of metal panel inspired by the powerful gesture of skate blades, evoking the precision required to thrive, as well as the drive and discipline it takes to win on the ice. 

On game night, visitors flock to an illuminated building that features a generous plaza and firepit that invites fans to linger and socialize. Entering and moving through Toscano is an immersive and hockeyforward experience. Transparency in the lobby creates immediate views to the arena and ice; environmental graphics, dynamic lighting effects and material selection were inspired by aspects of the sport; ice and club level lounges make every game a social event; and seating for students means that everyone can get in on the action.

Architect of Record

JCJ Architecture

Hartford, Conn.

Associate Architect

JLG Architects

Minneapolis, Minn.

Aquatic Consultant


St. Louis, Mo.


Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet PartitionsASI Global Partitions
Ice Rinks - DashersAthletica Sports Systems, Inc.
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness CenterCore Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing SystemsDaktronics
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - LightingEphesus Sports Lighting
Locker/Shower - Saunas/WhirlpoolsGrimm Scientific
Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy TanksGrimm Scientific
Locker/Shower - LockersHollman Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena SeatingHussey Seating Co.
Fitness Center - Entertainment SystemsMetinteractive
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound SystemsMetinteractive
Shot/Hockey Training SystemRapidShot Hockey Training Systems
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness CenterSportfloor
Locker/Shower - FlooringSportfloor
Ice Rinks - Refrigeration UnitsTrane Technologies