The City of Prince George needed to upgrade the existing Kin Centre Complex in order to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The old Kin 1 arena, built in the 1970’s, was demolished and replaced with a new 700-seat arena in a phased construction process. The new Kin 1 arena is to be the City’s show piece for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The existing Kin 2 & 3 arenas, the new Kin 1 arena and the existing 6,000 seat CN Centre will host men’s & women’s hockey, ringette, short track speed skating and figure skating.
At the beginning of the project, the City expressed a desire to have wood used in a meaningful way and use as much local wood as possible to meet their Wood First Policy. The design team decided that a wood roof should become the main feature of the building. A gently-arched wooden roof that contains over 400,000 board feet of solid wood decking was designed and the specifications were developed to favour locally sourced spruce, pine and fir.
“The very first skaters to touch the ice were a group of four and five-year-olds. Seeing them going on the ice and thinking ‘the memories that are going to be created here, the tears and the joy and the sorrow that is going to happen in here’ it’s quite profound”.
Andy Beasley, Arena Manager