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Harvard Women’s Hockey: In Sochi and at Home

02.21.14 / Jennifer Plume

With the Sochi Olympics coming to a close, the world will finally be released from the magnetism of the games. For nearly two weeks we watched the competition unfold, while being swept up in the glory and the heartbreak of the world’s top athletes. For most, the events have run their course, the stories have been told, the medals have been awarded and it’s time to go home. For US Women’s Hockey Head Coach Katey Stone and four members of the silver medal winning hockey team, that means a return to Harvard University, where ARC has been carefully guiding the construction of a 30,000 square foot addition and renovation to Harvard’s home ice in their absence.

(Photo courtesy of USAhockey.com

Construction of the re-dedicated Bright-Landry Hockey Center has been well under way since September 2013. The architect’s role during construction is a crucial but often underestimated final phase of the design process. This is the phase in which we follow through on the promises made by the drawings and ensure that the project is built on time and on budget as designed. Need proof of how important construction administration is? Look no further than the Sochi Olympic accommodations. There is no shortage of evidence of the countless ways in which the architect’s precise detailing can be lost during the rush of construction. Though the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is only a small fraction of the size of a single structure in the Olympic Village, I know well the amount of time and diligence it takes to see the design intent become a reality through the construction process.

For the past few months, hours have been spent pouring over shop drawings, reviewing product data and material samples, and visiting the site all to ensure that construction goes according to plan. The importance of this process holds great significance as we target LEED Gold Certification, which requires extra care in the selection and documenting of products and materials used. Though we have had our share of unexpected existing conditions and uncooperative winter weather to deal with, the project is on track to be finished for the start of the 2014-2015 hockey season.

When complete, the Bright-Landry Hockey Center will feature new locker rooms, training facilities, and lounge space for players, as well as a new office suite for the coaching staff. Expanded concessions concourse will enhance the spectator experience and ease circulation congestion and accessibility issues that exist in the current facility. A new function room will provide an impressive setting for events and recruiting. The upgraded facilities will be a place where Harvard Athletes and Olympians alike will be proud to call home.

Check out a live stream of the construction progress HERE.

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