Lots of improvements are happening at Sno-King's Kirkland Arena this summer / Fall.
Click here for pictures of the work in progress
New Low E roof
The arena roof was recoated to eliminate leaks. The material applied has a very high reflective capability which will reduce the building energy needs dramatically. (Estimated savings of $1,000 per month) A large portion of the cost of the roof is being paid for by a grant from PSE.
New Curb Appeal
The front windows, which have failed seals and are fogged, are being replaced (Late Sept).
The doors into the arena are being replaced with new alumuminum / glass doors. (Late Sept)
The flooring in the airlock has been replaced with heavy duty rubber flooring.
The shake roof is being replaced with blue steel roofing similar to the rest of the mall. (Late Sept)
The front facade was replaced and painted.
The sign is being replaced with a large lettered sign. (Late Sept)
The outside walls are all being painted. (ongoing)
New Warmroom / Multi-purpose Room
The offices have been torn out to open up that space (Darren and Lisa are now located in the main offices by Brenda)
New, bigger windows have been installed to allow for more spectators in a warm environment.
The outside door has been removed to eliminate any security and safety issues.
The floor is now covered with rubber flooring to allow the area to be used for party rentals and skater access.
Player Bench Enhancements
The door latches were replaced with self latching latches where the door can simply be pushed shut. The older style latches required lifting the bar to close which meant the doors could be left ajar and be a safety concern. Slamming the doors caused metal to bend and made it more difficult to open.
New bench glass cushions. Smaller but more protective which means improved visibility of the ice for the players and coaches and more padding for the players crashing into those areas.
The Renton facility has new doors on the back of the player benches to allow for player / coach access to the bench without having to go on the ice. Great news for penalty box attendants, players arriving late and injured players that need to get off the bench sooner than later.
The tattered carpet in front of the spectator bleachers has be replaced with rubber flooring.
The skate counter is going to get a facelift.
The parking lot is going to be repaired.
The heaving and broken asphalt areas are going to removed and replaced.
The broken curbs are going to be replaced and painted.
The parking lot is going to be sealed and restriped.