opsis architecture

The University of Idaho Arena represents an exciting new chapter for the University’s time honored tradition of collegiate athletics. Opsis has been selected as the Architect this multi-event court sports venue following a long history of working on the UI campus including the renovation of the Kibbie Dome indoor football facility, the Vandal Athletic Center and the Idaho Commons / Teaching and Learning Center.

The project will focus on innovation in the design of Mass Timber construction with a particular emphasis on Idaho forest products. The Arena preliminary concept features a “diagrid” wood roof structure comprised of gently sloping organic curves, hinting back to the rolling hills of the Palouse landscape. The arena will be built on the north side of the ASUI Kibbie Center and will be home to several Vandal’s sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball and will also serve as an activity center for other university activities. The Arena will be a significant catalyst for athletic recruitment and a supporting the UI community, students, alumni and fans.

In addition to a new performance court and seating, the Idaho Arena will feature a practice court facility, offices, locker rooms, conference facilities, and associated support facilities such as concourses, restrooms and concessions spaces. The Arena will be planned through an integrated design process to meet sustainability goals of LEED Silver certification or higher, or other alternative certification systems.

Opsis has partnered with Hastings + Chivetta as the interior architect / Sports planner and KPFF consulting structural engineers.

  • 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
  • University of Idaho Arena
  • University of Idaho Arena