Bozeman – The Gallatin Ice Foundation announced today that Martel Construction will break ground on Phase II of the ‘Raise the Ice Barn’ project on Monday, Aug. 24. The groundbreaking concludes the foundation’s planned construction pause after completing the first phase of the project late last year.
Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, explained that construction will start in the mechanical room, which will more than double its current size.
“The mechanical room expansion is one of the most critical and complicated parts of the project.” said Schmidt. “Internally, we call it the heart, as it will eventually hold everything that is essential to making sure both the new ice rink and Haynes Pavilion rink run smoothly.”
The full scope of Phase II will also include enclosing the building, installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, and building lighting. The completion of this phase will result in a skate-able sheet of ice, doubling Bozeman’s capacity for indoor ice sports.
Currently, Haynes Pavilion, which is set to re-open as an ice arena on Sept. 28, is the only refrigerated rink within 90-miles of Bozeman. It hosts skaters from 6 a.m. to midnight every day of its limited seven-month season.
“This new facility will allow us to meet current demands, add more skaters and programs, host regional tournaments and provide training for competitive figure skaters,” said Schmidt.
The Gallatin Ice Foundation does not have an expected opening date for the new ice arena, but noted that they are actively pursuing fundraising opportunities to achieve that goal as soon as possible. The total project is expected to cost $4.5 million.