he June 2017 edition of ME Consultant presented a four-page indepth case study on the design of Mihai Flamaropol Rink, under General Designer Arcadia Engineering.
OVERVIEW Arcadia Engineering (Arcadia), based in Bucharest, with satellite offices in both the UAE and in Qatar, has commenced work as General Designer of Romania’s Olympic-class skating rink and mixed-use athletic facility. This is the second skating rink for professional athletes designed and conceptualized by Arcadia, the first being in 2010 which was later used for the 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
PROJECT DETAILS The project, projected to be €28 million undertaking, is under a joint venture between Romanian UTI Grup and Italy’s Astaldi as General Contractor. Originally awarded in June 2015, the execution of work is currently underway and designs were developed by Arcadia using BIM modelling. Scheduled for completion in two years, the new facility is located in the National Sports Complex in Eastern Bucharest near the National Arena with Louis Berger acting as the client’s project consultant. The full land plot, owned by the Bucharest Municipality, inclusive of parking space is 26,319 sq. m. with total built up area 19,511 sq. m., and footprint (ground floor) at a total of 9573 sq. m.
SCOPE OF WORK Arcadia, as General Designer, is responsible for the master-planning, architecture, permitting, structure, MEP, as well as International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) compliance in adherence with the IIHF Ice Rink Guide. These requirements alone included everything from camera positioning onsite to locker room design, with extremely detailed parameters and stipulations. The scope of design work, from inception stage to detailing, is part of Arcadia’s purview for the large-scale project. The trapezoid building is flanked on one side by easily accessible parking from the main boulevard, allowing for 119 cars plus media vehicles and team busses/shuttles.