Considered the nation’s first multi-level sports complex, Hyvee Arena adaptively reused the historic Kemper Arena’s single-level venue transforming it into a modern, four-level, multi-functional, 10,000-seat recreational facility in Kansas City, Mo.
Working with McCownGordon Construction, the building owner and design team devised a solution that inserted a second floor in the middle of the existing facility.
According to McCownGordon Construction, the construction of the facility was complex due to the addition of the new structural upper sport floor over the existing lower arena sports floor and seating. The renovation also included enhancements to the interior environment for the concourses, offices and retail spaces by adding 17 exterior windows. The north and south lower entrances were also renovated to make them more accessible and inviting.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the arena’s renovations needed to meet aesthetic standards, as well as functional and energy-efficiency goals. According to Mike Woolley, project manager with McCown-Gordon Construction, “The owner/designer wanted to get as much natural light into the building as possible. With the east and north elevations limited by historic guidelines, they had to turn to the south and west to add the new windows. On the interior, there used to be three or four walls blocking the light. We used interior glazing systems to extend the light all the way through to the corridor and into the interior suites that look out over the playing area.”
As a single-source solution to curtainwall supplier Tubelite, Linetec provided both the high-performance architectural coatings in the historically approved color and the thermal improvement services for HyVee Arena’s new entrance, storefront and interior aluminum framing systems. Viracon’s glass further enhanced the aesthetic and the glazing systems’ high solar, thermal and optical performance. To maintain the architectural heritage of the facility’s exterior, Woolley added that the design team used Viracon’s ve1-2m low-iron glass and vertical, white frit silkscreen pattern, combined with Tubelite’s aluminum framing “set flush with the existing conditions,” and finished in a Super White color custom-matched, blended and applied by Linetec to create the desired effect.
In addition to the durable and sustainable qualities of the coatings on HyVee Arena’s new glazing systems, Linetec also applied the thermal strut on Tubelite’s Therml=Block entrances. Adding insulating, thermal, polyamide strut to aluminum framing members separates the inside and outside metal, which greatly enhances the entrance system’s thermal performance. This thermal break reduces the amount of heat transfer, therefore saving energy and increasing occupant comfort.
In total, Byers Glass and Mirror installed 62 leafs of Tubelite’s Therml=Block entrances and 4,800 sq. ft. of T14000 storefront on the exterior, and 15,800 sq. ft. of aluminum framing systems on the interior.