The multipurpose Bentley Arena on the Bentley University campus is the first standalone ice arena in the U.S. to earn LEED platinum certification and, according to the college, is the most environmentally sustainable arena in the U.S.
Among the 76,000-sf arena’s sustainable features are:
— A 504 kilowatt rooftop solar array that generates 40% of the building’s annual electricity needs
— Technology that captures heat generated from the rink’s ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building
— High-efficiency LED lighting with motion detection
— High-efficiency plumbing fixtures
— Ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants
Powering Bentley Arena will take less than 50% of the overall grid energy required to power a building of similar size. The facility represents a large step in the university’s overall commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Bentley Arena will host the university’s NCAA Division I hockey team and university events such as career fairs, high-profile speakers, alumni events, and concerts.
Architectural Resources Cambridge designed the facility and Suffolk Construction was the general contractor. Samiotes Consultants handled engineering duties.