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McKendree Metro Rec Plex

Location: O'Fallon, Illinois
Client: Poettker Construction
Size: $1.9 Million

Student Athletes at McKendree University, Southern Illinois IceHawks youth hockey organization and the general public now have a new recreation center to call home in O’Fallon, IL.  The McKendree Metro Rec Plex opened to the McKendree University men’s & women’s hockey teams, giving them a new facility to call “home ice”.  Additionally the school’s swimming, diving, and water polo teams call the recreation center home in their Olympic and NCAA Championship caliber natatorium.  In total, the 160,000 square foot facility features two NHL‐sized ice rinks, an aquatic center fit with a 10 lane championship swimming pool, a separate recreational pool, a contemporary fitness area including a half court gym, elevated walking track, free weights, cardio equipment, and many other amenities such as party room and conference facilities.

With more than two years of planning and design for the acility, the McKendree Metro Rec Plex will anchor the larger development on the 45 acre site known as the Four Points Center consisting of retail, hospitality, and professional office space.  Guarantee Electrical Company was instrumental in value engineering and identifying cost saving opportunities on the original electrical design.  This allowed the developer to recognize substantial savings towards the overall cost of the project.  Additionally, schedule would be of paramount importance to allow the McKendree University hockey teams to play their season at the new facility.  As such, what would normally be an 18 month project was completed in 10 months.  Combining electrical pre-fabrication, just-in-time delivery methodology and weekly “look-ahead” planning allowed for an extremely aggressive construction schedule.

GECO was the turnkey electrical contractor on the project providing all site civil electrical work, including rough‐in for Ameren’s underground utility distribution and site lighting throughout the development; the electrical construction contractor on the building responsible for installing new switchgear, both normal and emergency power, providing a combined 5000 amp 480 volt service to the building through two incoming services; and the systems electrical contractor providing all fire alarm and control wiring for the Cimco ice equipment.  In order to meet NCAA guidelines, the natatorium lighting had to be placed at a very specific 105° angle.  The entire facility comprises energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls throughout.

In addition to providing a new home for both youth and collegiate organizations, the public ice rink fills a void left from the indefinite closing of a Fairview Heights Ice Rink in 2012 and also provides a new fitness center for the general public including personal trainers, daycare and much more.

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