2,322 m² (25,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
The Kitchener Rangers OHL team plays its home games at the Kitchener Memorial Arena. Built in 1949, the owners recently expanded the arena to add approximately 1,000 seats, bringing seating capacity up to 7,300 while adding new concession and suite program areas.
The new structure has four levels, including the roof, and was built above part of the existing building. The new roof is supported by several existing columns, which were extended and reinforced, new columns along the west side, and a six-metre-deep truss spanning the 66-metre length of the arena on the east side.
To minimize the impact the new footings would have on the existing building, Entuitive used helical piles and caissons to support the columns within the existing building and just outside the existing building, respectively.
Challenge: The expansion had to be done during the short OHL offseason.
Solution: To keep the facility weather tight and operational, the new roof was built over top of the existing roof before the existing roof was removed. New columns were strategically placed to avoid existing structural members and minimize interference with existing program space.