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October 30, 2013

Power play

Groundbreaking officially starts off Lockport Ice Arena & Sports Center construction


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — That, along with Niagara and Erie counties’ passion for hockey, could make Buffalo and Lockport hockey destinations, Koelmel said. The private and public sectors working together can continue the success, he said.

“The time is right for Western New York in general,” Koelmel said. 

HarborCenter is owned by Terry Pegula, who owns the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. It’s expected to open next fall as well.

The demolition will be handled by Mulvey Construction, while Waterbourne Construction Advisors will begin construction of the double-rink once the site has been cleared.

“This project has been near and dear to my heart – and to a lot of people within Lockport and Niagara County – ever since the Kenan Center took down their rink over 25 years ago,” Ottaviano said in a statement. “After more than eight years of planning, we are finally at the point where this is going to become a reality. This is just tremendous news for the city and the entire region.”

James Bammel of Bammel Architects is designing the complex, which will feature two NHL regulation size rinks along with over 7,000 square feet slated for retail and sports-related opportunities. The rinks will feature an Eco Chill system designed to collect, recycle and reuse the energy used to maintain the ice surface to help heat and cool the facility – thereby drastically reducing energy costs. 

Spectator seating is expected to be around 630. The arena will also feature a training center, community room and space for food service providers.

Firland Management of Lewiston, Maine, a nationally recognized firm with years of experience in ice rink facility operation, management and development, is the consultant on the project.

But what really put the project over the hump was a $4 million grant from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation. Grigg-Lewis Executive Director William B. May said there’s still work to be done.

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