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 Give the People What They Want: More Ice!

Q&A with Ken Mills, chief executive with Baltimore County Revenue Authority

 The 1st Step to Making Your Dream Ice Rink a Reality: InVision

First, we InVision; this is our custom planning process that helps you get started building the rink of your dreams and seeks to answer all your questions.

 Impress Your Guests: Top 10 Features for Your Recreational Facility

Consider incorporating these innovative features in your recreational facility to attract visitors and keep them coming back.

 More Ice in California: Q&A with VC Ice Sports President, Wendi Cool

HTG spoke with Wendy, President of VC Ice Sports, about her mission to bring a new ice rink to Ventura County, California.

 Top 5 Reasons to Go Custom with a Tailor-Made Ice Arena

When you set out to build your ice arena you want to make sure, like that wedding dress or tux, it fits you perfectly.

 How the Number of Seats Drives the Cost of an Ice Rink

The number of seats you want in your ice rink and arena drives building costs. The more seats you want, the more of everything else you need.

 8 Reasons to Hire an Architect with Rink Experience

Here are eight reasons an architect with rink experience is a smart investment for your project.

 Sno-King Rink Virtual Design Tour

Tour the design of the Sno-King Rink and Arena, which is now open and welcoming skaters in Snoqualmie, Washington.

 5 Lessons Learned as a Goalie Dad

From one hockey parent to another, I hope my lessons learned give you some help and hope as you navigate the world of youth hockey and beyond.

 MN Wild Ice Rink Designs: Athletically & Financially Functional

As you begin your ice rink design, a great place to look for inspiration is in the spaces that already exist. And what better place to start than the NHL. 

 How Ice Rink Design Has Changed and Evolved

How indoor ice rinks have transformed from single-use ice sheets, to world-class sports facilities.

 The Man Behind the Sno-King Snoqualimie: Q&A with Dave Blanchard

We sat down with Dave Blanchard, the man behind the Sno-King Snoqualimie project, for a Q&A on why the project was special to him, and the area.

 How to Build an Ice Rink for Less than $5 Million

The cost to build an ice rink is a big hurdle to overcome; our Rink-in-a-Box design is a great solution, because it can be built for $5 million or less.

 How Did COVID-19 Affect the Rink Industry?

Like most areas of life, the ice industry was not left unscathed by COVID-19. Hockey came to a halt from the grassroots up to the professional ranks back in March, leaving many of our beloved facilities empty and waiting with bated breath for the return of their on-ice families.

 Keeping Kids Playing: Q&A with United Heroes League's Shane Hudella

United Heroes League founder Shane Hudella explains how UHL helps military families keep kids in youth sports

 More Ice in Maryland: Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex Renderings

Hagerston Ice Arena & Sports Complex is expanding from a one-sheet facility to two-sheets in an effort to attract more teams in the area.

 Hot and Cold: Dehumidification Considerations Within Ice Arenas

A deep look at the importance of cold and humidity as it pertains to ice conditions and ice arena temperatures.

 5 Reasons to Develop a Multipurpose Facility

Multipurpose facilities can bring your community to life.

 10 predictions for 2020 trends in recreation

month into the start of a new decade, we wanted to dive into some trend predictions we see coming in the next 10 years (and beyond).

 What's Your InVision?

From ideas to concept design, how HTG's InVision process helps your dream facility become reality.

 INFOGRAPHIC: 3+ Ways to Attract Youth to Your Recreation Facility

Use these programs and ideas to attract youth in your community to your ice arena.

 A Maryland Ice Arena Expansion: Plans & Design Renderings

The Reisterstown Sportsplex was ready for an expansion to accommodate a growing demand for ice time. Here's how the ice arena designs came together:

 Going Beyond the Player: Sno-King Hockey Association’s Training Tips

Sno-King Hockey Association is implementing unique programs at their ice facility.

 How to Attract Youth to Your Ice Arena | Expert Tips from Chuck Lawless

Reisterstown Sportsplex general manager Chuck Lawless offers his insight on attracting youth to your facility.

 Creative Ideas to Increase Rink/Facility Revenue (Without Busting Your Budget!)

Sports Resource Group Chris Guertin helps explain how to bring more revenue to your recreational facility

 Power Play Project: Sno-King Ice Arena

Sno-King decided to build a third ice arena to serve the growing demand of hockey/skating in Seattle. See how we helped define and design their vision.

 Great Rinks Are Born from Great Planning!

HTG's InVision process will guide you through the early planning and conceptual design stages

 Come See Us at NARCE!

HTG Architects will be on hand to discuss your next big project at the North American Rink Conference & Expo, hosted by the U.S. Ice Rink Association, in Buffalo, New York.

 Increase Rink Revenue with Learn to Skate USA

Learn to Skate USA classes can build a foundation for future customers and revenue generation

 Power Play Projects: Leavenworth Pavilion

The Historic Sky Jump Preservation Club in Leavenworth, Washington retained HTG Architects to design an outdoor covered pavilion that would host warm weather month activities, as well as provide an ice skating facility in the winter.

 INFOGRAPHIC: What goes into a facility?

Facility facts and figures.

 Industry leader: Q&A with Tom Hillgrove

Rink Management Services Corporation president Tom Hillgrove chats about the rink industry past, present and future.

 10 offseason to-dos

Just because the hockey season is over, doesn't mean your season is done.

 Power Play Projects: Clearwater Ice Arena

HTG teamed up with Dr. Manuel Rose to update the decades old Clearwater Ice Arena.

 Insider Knowledge: Q&A with Kristin Egan

As president at Competitive Edge Rink Consulting, Egan has advised clients including HTG on developing standout arenas worldwide. We were lucky to squeeze in a chat the day before Egan launched New York City's first rooftop ice rink.

 Beating the Heat with a Second Sheet: How Dr. Rose and HTG brought more ice to the Sunshine State

How Dr. Rose and HTG brought more ice to the Sunshine State

 Why Build a Multipurpose Facility?

When Dakotah! Sport & Fitness first opened in Minnesota in 1994, local families didn’t have a large health club to work out at within 20 miles. The seasonal ice rink had closed down, so all residents had were strip mall fitness centers and racquetball clubs in the nearby towns of Prior Lake and Shakopee.

 Ice, Ice, Baby: Q&A with Rink-Tec Gillespie

If you’ve ever taken a stride on an indoor sheet of ice, you immediately know the difference between a good sheet and a bad sheet. And a bad sheet of ice is unacceptable to Kyle Gillespie, president at Rink-Tec.

 Is your rink ready for some recre-tainment?

You’ve done it; you’ve been able to secure the land, money and approval to move forward on an ice arena—and/or multipurpose facility—that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come. So, now what?

 5 Initial Steps to Make Your Ice Facility Dreams a Reality

In life, there are dreamers and doers. The magic happens when you bring these people together to construct the dreams into something tangible. Anyone can wish for the facility of his or her dreams, but HTG wants to help create that reality.

 Exceeding the wildest dreams: Q&A with HTG Partner and Architect Tom Moorse

They say architecture is the act of bringing art to life. If that’s the case, there’s no question Tom Moorse is an artist. Moorse, HTG partner and architect, has worked in the land of building and construction for more than 25 years, including 10 years with a focus on ice arenas.

 6 Mistakes Made While Planning an Ice Rink (and how to avoid them)

Think like a developer: Are the elements of the design attracting people in or adding revenue sources to the bottom line?

 Go for Gold: Q&A with Vadnais Heights resident & 2018 gold-medal Olympian Hannah Brandt

Hannah Brandt didn’t step on to the ice and instantly fall in love. No, 5-year-old Hannah wasn’t a fan of hockey right away. Her feet were so cold that she almost quit on the spot.

 Tips: What to Look for in an Architect

There are many components that go into selecting the right architect for your project – here are 8 that provide a great starting point.

 Two Sheets Are Better Than One

John Gardiner explains why Pagel Ice Arena’s two ice sheets have been a huge hit for the entire Minnetonka Community

 Wearing the ‘C’; Gentry Academy students learn leadership qualities on and off the ice

On the corner of County Road E just past Highway 61 in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, sits a private school unlike any other. The three-story brick building is home to roughly 110 students from fifth through 12th grade who are both academically and athletically inclined.

 Clear Height Considerations

In 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration purchased 80,000 acres of land on Merritt Island Florida. This land would become Cape Canaveral, and the Saturn V space program was underway.

 Commercial Buildings: A First Time For Everything

Having been in the Commercial Architecture field for over 25 years, I sometimes fool myself into believing that I have seen everything. Usually, about the time that attitude comes along, something happens to bring me back to reality.

 Recreational Center Design: How to Manage Visitor Flow

Visitor flow is an issue for any recreational center, especially when a heavy traffic flow is anticipated. With traffic fluctuating dramatically throughout the day, it’s important that rec centers accommodate large numbers without building a larger facility than necessary.