Yale University Ingalls Rink Design

Project Highlights

  • $23 Million Hockey Rink Restoration and Expansion
  • Facility of Historic Significance
  • Site/Civil and Traffic Engineering
  • Construction Observation

Design For One of the Finest Collegiate Hockey Facilities in the Country

Tighe & Bond provided site/civil and traffic engineering services for the $23 million restoration and expansion of the David S. Ingalls Rink, one of the finest collegiate hockey facilities in the country. The “Yale Whale” was originally designed by Eero Saarinen in 1958 and is listed as one of the historically significant buildings in CT according to the AIA. We helped obtain timely permit approvals, developed construction traffic management plans to minimize neighborhood disruption, assisted with risk assessment and contractor selection to contain site costs, and provided construction observation services for quality assurance.

Site Plan and Design Features

The site plan developed a unique design that provided a much-needed underground upgrade to the historic facility while avoiding disruptions to Yale’s existing underground utility network feeding key areas of the campus. The plan was developed to meet Yale’s goals of sustainable design while providing cost-effective construction solutions. Some of the interesting design features include:

  • The total impervious cover area was decreased while recreating historic landscaping to restore the building appearance
  • Drywells, galleries, and infiltration trenches recharge groundwater to meet GNHWPCA requirements and avoid underground disruption
  • Catch basins are equipped with Ultra-Urban filters to remove trash and treat stormwater from parking lots

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