Athletic Facilities

Cottage Grove Ice Arena
Cottage Grove, MN


A Cool Place to Build Community

With demand for ice time heating up, the City of Cottage Grove drafted Gausman & Moore to help design an expanded arena with the goal of meeting the needs of skate fanatics in the surrounding community for years to come.

The expansion added a third sheet of ice – an 85-foot by 200-foot rink built to National Hockey League standards – with spectator seating for 650, and accompanying locker rooms, a figure skating room, warm-up areas, a large meeting room, expanded viewing areas, summer indoor rental capabilities, and equipment and storage rooms.

Amenities provide comfort for the family, friends and coaches who support the athletes as they practice and compete. Infrared gas fired radiant heaters warm spectators. Communal spaces provide views into the arena and comfortable places to gather while promoting concessions sales, a critical source of revenue for arena maintenance and operations.

Preserving winter 365 days a year presents unique mechanical and electrical challenges, especially when temperatures outside the facility can fluctuate from -30° F to +100° F, and one day’s 30 percent relative humidity can become tomorrow’s sleet, snow or rainstorm.

With the community’s environmental health in mind, the city requested sustainable features to help preserve both natural and financial resources. G&M served up a moisture control system that uses heated refrigerant from the ice-making systems to help power low-temperature desiccant dehumidification units. The energy effi cient system controls moisture migration, maintaining proper balance and comfort inside the facility.

Today, the Cottage Grove Ice Arena is the coolest place in town, for hockey players from peewees to adults, and figure skaters from beginners to Olympic hopefuls.

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