Hopkins Pavilion is an addition to and renovation of an existing multipurpose facility that was originally built in 1990. Since its addition and renovation, the facility has become the focal point of a large city park. The renovated main event space is designed to hold ice, turf and dry-land activity including skating, lacrosse, kids’ play, concerts and trade shows.
The addition features a new entry, a large warming house and reorganized support spaces. The new spaces provide a main control center that gives visitors easy access to the main event space, meeting rooms and warming house. The warming house is a place where visitors can get ready for an event, game or fun activity; warm up after an outdoor hockey or softball game; grab a snack; or use the restroom.
The interior and exterior design was intended to integrate the new addition and existing building, refresh the interior and give the entire facility a fresh look. Wood-grained aluminum rain screen panels were used on the building exterior to visually blend the old and new, to refresh the main entry and to integrate the warming house into the park. An angled roof on the addition breaks away from the horizontal lines of the original building, adding energy to the exterior, while at the same time hiding the mechanical units.
Inside, moveable glass wall panels provide flexibility, allowing the lobby and meeting rooms to be separated for privacy or become one large space, The walls can also separate the warming house from the lobby during events. A neutral gray palette with pops of blue pay homage to the local high school, giving the facility a sense of community.