the Project study
The University of Michigan entrusted Spence Brothers to complete what is the largest renovation project ever experienced at the beloved Yost Ice Arena. Originally constructed in 1923, Yost is recognized as one of the premier hockey venues in the nation, and to the pride of the University, one of the toughest places for visiting teams to play.
Utilizing a two-shift construction crew, this renovation replaced the majority of spectator seating and included improvements to the east and west concourses. Additionally, transparent windows replaced the previously opaque windows; the transparent windows do not allow glare. This replacement was a historic renovation that significantly enhanced the exterior of the building. A level-four media balcony was converted into a series of luxury boxes, and a new level of seating on the arena’s west side was created for media. Corner platforms were also added for more seating.
Energy efficient measures included compliance with ASHRAE Standards 90.1-2007’s lighting and power requirements. The aforementioned window replacement of existing single-pane windows with high-performance glazing systems improved efficiencies, and where mechanical units were replaced, they were replaced with high-efficiency units. Even with the new improvements designed to take the Yost Ice Arena into the 21st Century, the building still retains the architectural heritage of its storied history.