The Canad Inns is a 200,000 square foot, 192-room hotel located adjacent to the Alerus Center, Grand Forks’ indoor arena/convention center. As the Canadian hotel chain’s first facility in the United States, portraying the company’s avant-garde up-and-coming image was a primary of the design challenge. The program for the hotel consists of guest rooms, administration areas, a water park, three restaurants, and other business tenant fit-up spaces. The layout extends the main concourse of the existing events center past the hotel lobby and the hotel’s various services. The skylight along this “main street” also visually accentuates the hotel’s signature tower design to its visitors, while projecting natural daylight for the circulation route and the adjacent business / retail spaces. The Canad Inns project allowed the design team to explore the use of metal panel systems, precast concrete and galvanized steel in a series of layers that both complimented the owner’s high-tech, industrial-yet modern tastes, while also maintaining a cost effective design that respected the owner’s budget.
The National Hockey Center, which is located on the south end of the SCSU campus has been home to Husky Hockey since 1989. The NHC is primarily a hockey facility featuring two Olympic size sheets of ice. The renovation plan calls for enhancing the fan experience and converting the facility into a multipurpose venue. End seating will be added to expand the seating count from 6,000 seats to 7,000 seats. Twenty-four luxury suites will be added in addition to a new front entrance and atrium. The atrium will include ticketing, administration, improved vertical circulation, a team pro-shop and access to the suite level. The additions will provide all new concourses, restrooms and concessions.
Located on a new site, the two-level terminal provides two gates capable of boarding aircraft from the Saab SF340A to the Boeing B757-300 through a passenger bridge with access to all planes, including commuter flights. Space outside the facility includes curbside loading, parking for 400 vehicles, car rental facilities, and a new aircraft apron. Materials, including stone, metal panels, concrete masonry units, and glass curtain wall, were selected to fit the landscape, as well as evoke the concepts of flight. In order to avoid a “visual shadow” for the control tower, the front of the Terminal is slightly higher than the back. A large, open atrium space presents a grand entrance to the facility.