The Eagles Arena in Grand Forks, ND is a community-based single sheet ice rink owned & operated by the GF Park district. It seats about 400 and is used as the home rink for two high school teams – the boys’ Red River Roughriders and the girls’ combined high school Knightriders. The facility is adjacent to Red River HS and is attached to both a smaller single ice rink (Blue Line Arena) and Cushman Field, which is used for HS football, track, soccer, and lacrosse – and uses the Eagles facility for toilet rooms and concessions. The two rinks share a common ice refrigeration mechanical system.
In 2013, it was determined that the existing rink slab and piping were failing and leaking, so JLG was asked to coordinate the replacement as well as some other facility upgrades. During the off-season, the entire refrigerated slab was removed, the secondary refrigerant saved & stored, and the subgrade excavated to remove contaminated soils and some permafrost. JLG oversaw the replacement of new underslab heating piping, new poly refrigeration piping, and brand new high quality concrete slab. The new slab was installed in one continuous pour in July, creating an ultra-flat rink floor that eliminated the poor performance of the previous uneven and cracked slab. New dasher boards were installed, along with new sound system and an exterior overhead door to allow facility access. The project was completed on time and on budget, providing the owner an updated facility in time for fall skating.