Week 9 Update on Haynes Pavilion Expansion


We are officially more than halfway through Step 1 of the Ice Barn construction. Concrete work has concluded and crews began backfilling the footings yesterday to prepare for the steel, which will begin arriving on Monday (Oct. 13). Erecting the steel frame is going to take approximately 4 weeks, keeping us right on schedule for a mid-November completion.

 The Gallatin Ice Foundation knows that Step 1 would not have been possible without you, our skating community, and we would like to give you an opportunity to leave a mark on the new building. So, in late October, we will be inviting skaters, friends, family and other supporters to sign the last piece of structural steel before the building is topped off. More information to follow soon!

 And while we may (quite literally) be raising the Ice Barn over the next few weeks, there is still a lot of work to do. Our team remains focused on securing the $1.5 million needed for Step 2 of this project – which will allow us to enclose and insulate the building, build the mechanical room addition, and install the ice plant and refrigerated rink/slab floor.

We are seeking support, from individuals, families, businesses and foundations that recognize the importance of extraordinary community support.  A limited number of naming opportunities are also available, including naming the facility and rink. So if you, or someone you know, would like to contribute or get more involved, please let us know.

As always, we appreciate your past and continued support and hope to see you at the rink!



Pouring Concrete Footings - Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings – Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings - Sept. 15

Pouring Concrete Footings – Sept. 15

Construction Site Banner - Sept. 24

Construction Site Banner – Sept. 24

Concrete Footings Waiting for Backfill and Steel - Oct. 6

Concrete Footings Waiting for Backfill and Steel – Oct. 6

Update on Haynes Pavilion expansion

We are now in the 5th week of site prep and construction for the Haynes Pavilion expansion and things are moving along nicely. Excavation for the footings, foundation and future refrigerated rink slab for the 36,500-square-foot structure are nearing completion and Martel Construction will begin pouring concrete footings on Friday

Additionally, the steel package is being fabricated and is set to be delivered to the site at the end of the month (which means that construction will soon go vertical)! Speaking of which, did you know that this building will be 50-feet tall? That’s nearly 15-feet more than our Haynes Pavilion! 

Construction for the steel shell is set to be completed mid-November, at which point construction will take a planned pause for the winter. The Gallatin Ice Foundation is actively raising funds for Step 2 – which will include enclosing and insulating the building, the mechanical room addition, and the installation of the ice plant and refrigerated rink/slab floor – so that construction can resume in April.
Check out the photos below to see our progress, and make sure you follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information. If you are interested in making a donation, click the “Donate Now”  button above or contact me at chelsea@gallatinicefoundation.org or 406-579-5763.



P.S. Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Gloves Off Gala, set for the evening of Saturday, March 21, 2015. Details coming in November!

Dirt Work on Rink – Sept. 4
Preparing for Concrete – Sept. 10

Construction underway on Haynes Pavilion expansion

The Gallatin Ice Foundation broke ground on the 36,000-square-foot steel structure that will eventually hold Bozeman’s second refrigerated ice skating rink on Monday, Aug. 11. Erecting the structure, which will be completed mid-November, concludes Step 1 of the “Raise the Ice Barn” project.

To celebrate, skaters, friends, and community supporters gathered at 406 Brewing Company on the evening of the groundbreaking to raise money for Step 2, which will allow us to enclose the building, construct a new mechanical room, and most importantly, install the ice plant and refrigerated rink slab and floor. Thanks to 406 Brewing Company – who graciously donated $1 of each pint sold – and the four other individuals who matched the brewing company’s donation, more than $1,300 was raised.

The GIF’s Board of Directors and I would like to thank everyone who joined us to support year-round ice in Bozeman!



P.S. Check out the photos below to see the progress we’ve made in the first three weeksFor the most up-to-date announcements, like us on Facebook.

Pre-Construction – Aug. 7, 2014: Site Preparation Begins

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Week 1 - Aug. 11, 2014: Excavation Begins

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Week 2 – Aug. 18, 2014: Dirt Work Continues

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Week 3 – Aug. 25, 2014: Dirt Work Continues

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Gallatin Ice Foundation breaks ground on ice arena Aug. 11

Construction of a 36,000-square-foot building that will eventually house Bozeman’s second refrigerated ice skating rink will begin soon.

The Gallatin Ice Foundation says Martel Construction will break ground on the steel structure, which will be located on the west side of the existing Haynes Pavilion, on Monday, Aug. 11.

The groundbreaking concludes step one of the foundation’s ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ project, which also included construction of a new entry on the east side of Haynes Pavilion and parking lot paving, which were both completed late last year.

Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, explained that construction will take place in multiple steps, and with step one complete, the group is now focused on raising $1.5 million for step two, which will result in skate-able ice.

“Our committee is working hard to get the money raised,” said Schmidt. “We are writing grants, looking at private and public partnerships and looking to the community for their support, as well.”

Currently, the Haynes Pavilion rink has skaters from 6 a.m. to midnight every day during the seven-month skating season, with no room for expanded ice times. The shortage of ice makes it difficult to meet current demands, add more skaters, offer public skating, host regional tournaments or provide training for competitive figure skaters.

Step two will include enclosing the building as well as installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, mechanical room, building lighting and interim locker rooms, bathrooms and seating. Schmidt said construction for that could begin as early as April 2015.

Future steps will commence once the arena has a skate-able sheet of ice and is generating income. It will include permanent seating, expanded locker rooms, concessions, central entry and a skate shop.

The total project is expected to cost $4.5 million.

A celebration for the groundbreaking will be held at 406 Brewing Company, located at 101 E. Oak St., from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, where $1 of every pint sold will be donated to the Gallatin Ice Foundation.

About the Gallatin Ice Foundation: Established in 2006, the Gallatin Ice Foundation (GIF) is a 501c non-profit organization that has spearheaded efforts to raise funds for the expanded recreational and competitive skating experience the community desires. Aligning forces of all ice users as well as the hockey and figure skating clubs, it has diligently focused on raising funds for a second ice sheet adjacent to the current rink at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact Schmidt at (406) 579-5763 or chelsea@gallatinicefoundation.org.

GIF announces new Board leadership

We are proud to announce that Todd Ward and Geoff Wendt have been selected to serve on the Gallatin Ice Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Todd Ward is the director of sales at the Comfort Company. He grew up playing hockey in Minnesota and spent 25 years in Cincinnati, OH, managing tennis programs at a private country club. Ward has sat on several local and nationals boards and brings extensive business and management experience to the GIF.

Geoff Wendt is an engineer with AE Dynamics. He grew up playing hockey in Waukesha, Wisc., before his family moved to Anaconda in 1995. Wendt graduated from Montana State University in 2007 and moved back to Bozeman last year, joining the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association as a league player.

Ward and Wendt will begin their year-long terms on Aug. 1.

The members and appointed officers for 2014/2015 are:

  • Todd Ward, President
  • Shawn Black, Vice President
  • Doug Neil, Treasurer
  • Geoff Wendt, Secretary
  • Pete Geddes
  • Tim Stefan
  • Matt Kraska (ex-officio)

We would also like to recognize outgoing Board member Bill Cochran for his past and continued support. Bill came into the GIF during some difficult recession years and through his expertise and dedication he helped get us to where we are today, building a 36,000 square-foot structure that will soon hold Bozeman’s second sheet of ice. Thank you, Bill!




Gallatin Ice Foundation hires Schmidt as Development Director

The Gallatin Ice Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Chelsea Schmidt has accepted the position of Development Director and will join our team on Monday, June 16.

Chelsea comes to us from Montana State University, where her most recent role was Assistant Director of Business and Community Relations. She was named “Female Young Professional of the Year” by the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group in 2012 and is a member of the Greater Gallatin United Way Board of Directors that the Downtown Bozeman Association Board of Directors.

Chelsea brings experience and a proven track record of success in event planning, community outreach and building relationships, which will be invaluable in helping us “Raise the Ice Barn!”

Chelsea is originally from Moorhead, MN, and moved to Bozeman in 2006. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montana State University in 2009. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys golfing, hiking, trail-running and cheering-on Old Crush in the VHW league.

Please help us welcome Chelsea!

M. Kraska

GIF Ex Officio

Job Announcement!


Passionate Motivator, Communicator & Problem Solver.

Do you like:

- Leading a Team & Sports?

- Meeting Your Neighbors & Sports?

- Fundraising & Sports?

- Accounting & Sports?

- Event Planning & Sports?

Gallatin Ice Foundation is seeking Development Coordinator or Director


Please email resume and cover letter to:

Gallatin Ice Foundation President, Matthew Kraska


Questions? Call Kraska at 539-3657


Full Job Description:

Development Coordinator/Director Job Description


1)    Community Outreach – outward communication

  1. Chamber of commerce
  2. Businesses
  3. Sweet pea etc.
  4. Media & web – promotions
  5. Government Officials
  6. Supporters (e.g. msu, etc.)

2)    Internal Communications – manage expectations with members and partners

  1. BAHA and Figure skating members
  2. Past donors
  3. Supporters

3)    Lead and Direct the BAHA/GIF Fundraising team

  1. Develop and direct a fundraising and communication plan
  2. Direct and coordinate events
  3. Coordinate & lead meetings; Take notes; Follow-up
  4. Manage databases
  5. Collect letters of support
  6. Manage all gift acknowledgements
  7. Manage an annual calendar of important dates
  8. Work with GIF treasurer to insure pledge invoicing is done correctly


  • Marketing – Guide and promote a sophisticated, consistent brand image in a number of avenues (membership, fairgrounds, city, county, MSU, community at large, supporters and donors)
  • Communication – Ability to effectively convey message in public, to media, group presentations and in writing. Seek and utilize creative avenues to inform public on project and its progress.
  • Special Events – Creativity to develop and/or enhance theme or concept in big picture down to small details in support of an annual major fundraising event. Ability to plan and pull off a large, fun, memorable party.
  • Relationship Building – Promote inclusive nature of project to public, expanding knowledge of project and enticing potential donors.
  • Knowledge of DonorPerfect, Constant Contact and WordPress beneficial
  • Multitasking and organization of board and committees with advance scheduling


  • Extraordinary organization skills
  • Coordination skills
  • Problem solving and working independently
  • Digital expertise – web, excel, social media
  • Verbal communication and salesmanship
  • Written Communication
  • Highly organized with the ability to successfully manage multiple projects at a time.
  • A team player with the ability to lead.
  • Event coordination experience.
  • College Degree



This is a full-time position. Pay scale depends on experience. Hours and pay are negotiable.