opsis architecture

When completed in 2021, the 4,000-seat Arena will be national model for the use of mass timber for long-span sports facilities.  The wood architecture was the focus of the design competition selection process, which creates a one-of-a-kind facility that will be a key part of  athletic programs recruiting. Serving as the home for varsity basketball team, the project  is also planned as a gathering place for a variety of events to enhance campus student life including concerts and convocations. The new facility will provide a vibrant and intimate fan experience that showcases the regions’ unique natural materials and landscape. The arena’s location solidifies the athletics district and creates a landmark architectural public gateway to the campus.

The building form is inspired by the undulating Palouse landscape formed by the cataclysmic Missoula floods at the end of the Ice Age. The project be a will demonstration model for wood innovation as a sustainable alternative to the traditional steel box arena typology.  The Arena will also serve as a learning laboratory for students in the forestry and engineering departments by showcasing and expressing the innovative use of locally harvested wood and laminated and cross-laminated (CLT) structural elements.  Extensive roof overhangs and glazed end walls will highlight the overhead exposed wood forms and allow full natural light daytime use.

  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
 
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena