Another Rink Project For Grand Rapids Firm

October 22, 2008
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GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids-based DTS + Winkelmann LLC (DTSW) was selected to design a new facility for the Midland Curling Club, to be located on the Midland Community Center Campus in Midland.

The 15,000 square-foot facility will include four sheets of curling surface, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a heated club house, viewing area seating for 100, and a warming kitchen for club functions.

Construction is scheduled for completion in October.

"We are very excited to bring the community of Midland an amazing campus with a new curling center,” Chris Tointon, CEO of the Greater Midland Community Centers Inc., said in a news release. “We hope to increase club membership and awareness of the sport with this new facility.”

The Curling Club embarked upon a Capital Campaign to raise funds for the project, setting a goal of $400,000. The Club also applied for grants from local foundations, totaling $1 million toward the new construction.

Originally organized as the Midland Granite Club in 1962, the membership has vastly improved its accommodations over the years. They began with an outdoor sheet of curling ice and progressed to an indoor two-sheet natural curling rink three years later. When that rink became a shallow pond in March of 1966, artificial ice was installed. In 1969, the facilities were doubled to four sheets of ice at the current location.

DTS + Winkelmann has built a reputation as “ice rink experts,” with more than 12 rinks completed nationwide. In Michigan, DTSW has designed rinks in Ludington, Birch Run, Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Sault Ste. Marie, Walker, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Kentwood. The firm is currently working on renovations of Ferris State University’s Ewigleben Arena and the Talbot County, Maryland Community Rink.

“Our experience with ice rinks and the specific design criteria involved made DTS Winkelmann highly qualified for this project,” said David T. Sobota, Principal Partner of DTS Winkelmann.

DTS + Winkelmann, LLC  offers a range of services in architecture, site design, interior design and project consulting. The company has been part of more than 2,500 commercial projects¬ from New York to California. Market sectors include: commercial, retail, industrial, educational, athletic facilities, multi-unit residential, health care, and historical renovations. CQX

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