Idaho Central Credit Union Arena | University of Idaho 

Moscow, Idaho
Construction Cost: $44.2 million
Area / Square Feet: 4,000 SF (basketball), 4,700 SF (events)
Occupancy Date: September 2021

Woven into the picturesque, undulating hills and wheat fields of the Palouse region is the pride of the University of Idaho: a stunning, mass-timber-designed arena built to offer vibrant, intimate fan experiences for years to come. Accommodating more than 4,000 spectators, the multi-use arena serves as home for the university’s Division I basketball teams, volleyball teams, U of I student events and more. It will serve Vandals student-athletes, staff, community members and visitors for generations to come.

The Idaho Central Credit Union Arena is the first signature wood facility of its size in Idaho, serving as a learning laboratory for forestry, architecture and engineering students, while greatly enhancing recruiting. Reinterpreting the rolling hills of the Palouse region, the mass-timber design extends and wraps the double-curved roof structure over the arena’s walls to give athletes and spectators the feel of being enveloped in the surrounding landscape, and wrapped in the warmth and feel of wood.

In stark contrast to a typical arena made of steel and concrete, this sustainable project met the university’s goals for implementing locally grown timber from Idaho sustainable forests. The volume of wood products used in construction exceeds 1,241 cubic meters, the equivalent of what Idaho forests grow in one hour’s time. More than 1,105 metric tons of CO2 are stored in the quantity of wood utilized in the project. By utilizing mass timber, the total CO2 reduction to the environment equals 2,014 metric tons.


Opsis Architecture

Portland, Ore.


Hastings+Chivetta Architects

St. Louis, Mo.


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables


Training Facilities - Taping/Treatment Tables

Athletic Edge

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball

Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers


Laundry - Washers


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding

Draper Inc. 

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Global Partitions

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating

Hussey Seating Company

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands

Hussey Seating Company

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks


Locker/Shower - Flooring

Marazzi USA

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting

Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems

Performance Audio

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Scranton Products

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers

Signature Systems Group (Omnideck LD Panels)

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports

SNA Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs

Spec Seats

Architectural Lighting

SPI Lighting

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures


Locker/Shower - Lockers

GearBoss by Wenger