Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

This new facility consists of three ice surfaces and is located on the site of the former Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. The facility will be used for practice, mens and womens round robin and medal games during the 2010 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The main arena has 5,500 permanent spectator seats with temporary expansion to 7,500 during the Games. This ice sheet is convertible from International to North American ice size and from hockey to sledge hockey. The original Father David Bauer Rink has been retained and refurbished and will be used as practice ice during the games. A third ice sheet is convertible from hockey to sledge hockey and will be used as practice ice or for overlay purposes during the games. UBC Thunderbird Arena was designed and constructed equivalent to LEED Silver standard and incorporates sustainable features to reduce environmental impact. Waste heat from ice making processes is used for building heat, shower hot water, etc. to reduce energy consumption and operating costs. Many building components were reused or recycled during the demolition and reconstruction process.

  • Address: 6066 Thunderbird Blvd
  • User: Athletics & Recreation
  • Project Manager: Dan Bock
  • Architect: HOK Architects & Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning
  • Construction: Bird Construction
  • Project Size: 210,036
  • Budget: 47,834,000
  • Construction Status: Complete
  • Completion: June 2008
  • Occupancy: June 2008
  • Sustainability Rating: LEED Silver (equivalent)