A complex timber engineering stadium project seating 4,000 and serving as a dramatic gateway to the University of Idaho campus.
The doubly curved plywood diaphragm roof is supported by 45m hybrid timber/steel trusses, all carefully proportioned for aesthetics and structural efficiency. Another unique feature of this project is the efficient timber/steel portal frame that spans 37m to allow for viewing from the secondary seating at the practice rink.
A stadium made largely of wood, with the very specific intention of celebrating the use of locally grown timber. The project serves as a model for the use of timber for long span sports facilities and is focused on innovation and optimisation in the design of mass timber construction.
Stakeholder involvement was sought early and throughout. A strong value and vision was placed on locally supplied timber and local artisan skills meaning which in turn informed the design. The result is the synergistic effort of all disciplines and a testament to the value of a collaborative approach.