New Fitness Complex with Ice Rink and Natatorium

IMEG is providing engineering design services for the new Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Complex at the UW Madison campus. The project includes demolition of the existing gymnasium/natatorium facility to create the needed space for the new center.

The facility will include an adaptive fitness laboratory for the kinesiology program, basketball courts, ice rink with spectator seating, natatorium, indoor track, multi-purpose activity spaces, racquetball courts, expanded fitness for cardio and strength training, and a wellness center for recreational sports.

The Sub-Zero ice rink will be home to the university’s intramural hockey program and will also host local youth teams. IMEG provided full ice system design services including design of the ice rink chiller, refrigerated slab, sub soil heating system, and dehumidification system. To help with the project’s sustainability goals, IMEG designed the ice rink chiller to include multiple forms of heat recovery including rejecting heat to the subsoil heating system, Zamboni snow melt pit, and the natatorium pool heaters.

Additional sustainability features include high efficiency variable air volume (VAV) systems, air-to-air heat recovery systems, and demand control ventilation.

To prevent the proliferation of smells from the hockey equipment (a problem at the old facility’s locker room), IMEG designed a locker “bake-out” dehumidification system to heat and dry the equipment in the lockers overnight.

As part of the overall project, IMEG also designed the extension of site thermal utilities, including chilled water, steam, steam condensate, and compressed air. Direct-buried chilled water will be extended from an existing 48” main. Direct-buried steam, condensate, and compressed air will be extended from an existing steam pit. A phasing plan has been developed to ensure minimal utility outages to adjacent buildings.

University of Wisconsin - Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Complex
Madison, WI
272,000-sf New
Services Provided

Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Technology