Our most recent project brought us to the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers, a quaint community nestled between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The township is situated in the foothills region of Lake Huron’s North Shore and was officially incorporated in 1998.
The site of the project landed us at the Massey & District Community Centre, which encompasses a standard-sized baseball diamond, a fully enclosed outdoor basketball court, a single arena ice rink pad with full canteen service, as well as a licensed hall with a full kitchen for special events and rentals.
The township called on us to aid them in updating the bleacher seating located inside the ice rink before the upcoming hockey season began. The existing arena bleachers were out of date and unfortunately no longer compliant with recent updates in the Ontario Building Code. After the details were received, our designers got to work designing the new bleachers to be installed at the community centre. Some customization was needed as the new bleacher structure had to be notched out around the columns of the pre-engineered building.
What were installed were two banks of a brand new steel-framed, closed deck aluminum bleacher system that would accommodate up to 200 spectators. These arena bleachers also featured a closed aluminum decking design to allow for easy cleaning of the bleacher and prevent any garbage or debris from being discarded under the seating structure. This bleacher was also designed complete with an elevated front deck and elevated rise to ensure that the spectators could see over the dasher boards no matter where they were sitting.
To complete the project, the township ordered fixed, molded, plastic seats with backs to guarantee spectator comfort. As with many ice rinks and arenas, choosing this type of seating is well-worth the investment and goes a long way in keeping your spectators comfortable as opposed to sitting on cold aluminum benches.