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Baxter Arena and Holland Community Ice Rink sit adjacent to and were designed to complement the mixed-use development of Aksarben Village.  Designed in collaboration with HDR for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks, the arena is developed around a unique parti, where the community ice component is pulled forward of the 8,500 seat competition venue.  The end result is an inviting, dramatic, light-filled community ice rink that visually activates the building even when the competition venue is not in use.  And yes, sun angles were studied to insure ice quality would be maintained - even with all that glass!

The dynamic competition venue is a multi-purpose space where the Maverick's hockey, basketball and volleyball teams play.  The downloaded lower bowl/elevated upper bowl allows spectators to stay connected to the event  from the shared concourse and  provides for an economical and efficient route to all seating.   To accentuate the home team advantage for the Mavericks - the upper bowl is pulled forward and steepened to provide great sightlines for spectators and to create an intimate and intimidating  atmosphere.   In addition, club seating, a club lounge, 17 suites and a separate press level are located on one side of the venue giving the bowl a unique and memorable visual identity.

  • 2016 Merit Award for Architecture - AIA Nebraska

  • 2016 Architectural Showcase - Athletic Business

  • 2016 Idea Awards Winner - IIDA

  • 2016 Award of Outstanding Achievement - ACI Nebraska Chapter

  • 2016 Grand Award - ACECN Engineering Excellence Awards

  • 2016 Peoples' Choice Award  - ACECN Engineering Excellence Awards

“It is easy for me to recommend Lempka Architects for your project.  They are dedicated, hard working, responsible and professional in everything they do.  They have designed us a winning building and I believe  it is among the finest collegiate arenas in the country."
- Mike Kemp - Associate Athletic Director, University of Nebraska Omaha

Baxter arena/ holland community ice rink



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