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White Bear Lake Sports Center - White Bear Lake, Minnesota

JLG Architects

Posted: November 1, 2022 | Projects

White Bear Lake Sports Center (WBLSC) has survived 50 years of relocation, reassembling, and repurposing from its former role as a tennis club to its current role serving the hockey and ice-skating programs. 

Photograph courtesy of Alan Blakely

On the verge of demolition, WBLSC worked with JLG Architects to lead an extensive vulnerability analysis and sustainable renovation that restored the infrastructure, refrigeration, and ongoing envelope issues. In choosing renovation ($4.5 million) versus new construction, WBLSC is estimated to have saved nearly $6 million dollars while reducing embodied carbon through the re-use of 75% of the existing building components. 

On June 9, 2022, AIA Minneapolis announced four Merit Awards, including JLG Architects’ renovation of the White Bear Lake Sports Center. The AIA Minneapolis Merit Award program recognizes projects designed by AIA Minneapolis architects that tell a story of excellence beyond design; emphasize public interest design; and embrace the varied forces that shape a building. 

JLG’s award-winning design supported critical user updates that improved occupant air quality and interior thermal comfort. These improvements were achieved through sustainable integration and highly efficient systems that enhance well-being and reduce annual operational costs. 

The overhauled environment has been hailed as a healthier and more resilient destination. The community now enjoys a vibrant hub of activity that uses sustainable, economical, and environmentally responsible design to reconnect and empower healthy lifestyles. 

Today, WBLSC is home to an expanded hockey program featuring dryland training activities and a thriving ice-skating program — with flexibility built-in to support future expansion. Since the completion of the project, the surrounding community is feeling the impact — and experiencing a healthier economy and progressive community development — with many improvements happening adjacent to the WBLSC. 

WBLSC Director, Bruce Bates, expressed that the community has loved seeing the transformation of the facility. “The quality of the ice is amazing,” said Bates. “We absolutely hit a home run on the thermal design...” — success Bates attributes to “how tight the building is,” and the “improved envelope.” 

Players and fans have also enjoyed the more accessible restrooms, locker rooms, LEDs, and overall natural light quality. Influenced by the success of their sustainable renovation, Bates noted that the building is now “planning to get a solar panel array installed later this summer,” further improving the building’s performance and reduction in energy consumption. 

AIA Minneapolis Merit Award 

Unique in its approach to assembling a jury, the AIA Minneapolis Merit Award encompasses the views of business professionals, real estate developers, community advocates and academic leaders, as well as architects. The 2022 Merit Award jury included: Trevor Bullen, AIA, Dunwoody College of Technology; Paul Bauknight, Minneapolis Parks Foundation; Corey Dykmann, Core Group; Heather Leide, AIA, MAC Airport Development; and Malini Srivastava, AIA, AIA Minneapolis President-elect, University of Minnesota, and DandElab. The jury reviewed how well the entries support the health and wellbeing of the client or user; address critical social, economic, and or environmental needs of the community; reduce burdens on the environment; address issues of economic development; and utilize innovation.

JLG Architects
710 S. Second Street, 8th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Structural Engineer
Heyer Engineering
1020 36th Street, SW, Fargo, ND 58103

Mechanical Engineer
1331 Tyler Street NE, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Electrical Engineer
1331 Tyler Street NE, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55413

General Contractor & Cost Estimator
501 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Civil Engineer
1331 Tyler Street NE, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Ice & Refrigeration Engineer
Stevens Engineering
211 O’Neil Road, Hudson, WI 54016

Location: White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Date Bid: Apr 2018
Construction Period: Apr 2018 to Aug 2018
Site: 20 acres.
Total Square Feet: 48,600
Building Size: First floor, 48,600; total 48,600 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 10'; total, 36'.
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/IIB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place.
Exterior Walls: CMU, metal panels.
Roof: Metal.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2022 issue of DCD