Sports & Recreation

Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, Irvine, Calif.

Photo: RMA Photography Inc.

Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is a massive, 212,739-square-foot sports complex housing four hockey rinks. The National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Anaheim Ducks, uses it as a training facility. It is also used for public skating, skate lessons, curling, youth and adult hockey.

To construct the complex, three metal building systems were used. They are enveloped with insulated metal roof and wall panels (IMPs). One building has an Olympic-size hockey rink and two NHL hockey rinks. The metal building is a 221-foot-wide by 423-foot-long by 32-foot-tall, clear span structure.

A second building houses an arena with an NHL hockey rink, seating capacity for 2,500 spectators. The clear span metal building is 166 feet wide by 282 feet long and 38 feet tall.

The third metal building system for the complex, all of which were supplied by Nucor Building Systems, a division of Nucor Corp., connects the two large buildings. It is an 81-footwide by 155-foot-long lean-to metal building off the arena. The pre-engineered structures support a conventional steel and glass lobby structure.

The roof dead load exceeded 20 pounds per square foot and required a special bracing system. CoreBrace LLC fabricated buckling-restrained braces (BRB) with concrete-filled steel tube encasing steel bars.

Due to housing four ice rinks and keeping the building at a constant 55 F, the facility was designed similar to a cold storage facility with IMP roof and wall panels. At the roofs, All Weather Insulated Panels Inc.’s SR2 IMPs were installed. The panels are Silversmith on the exterior and Imperial White on the interior. At the walls, All Weather Insulated Panels’ ST40 IMPs in Silversmith/Imperial White and DM40 IMPs in Imperial White on both sides were installed.

Metal building systems met the project’s requirements for span and cost, says Jerry Hancock, vice president at PreFab Builders Inc., which erected the buildings and installed the IMPs. “I like to say, we take a structural steel design and take the fat out,” he says.