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Sports center expansion breaks ground

MIDDLEBURY The Friends of Middlebury Hockey recently celebrated the ground breaking of its new building expansion to the Memorial Sports Center (Howard E. Brush Arena) in Middlebury, Vermont. Bread Loaf Corporation was selected to provide the design-build services for this expansion. In Phase 1, the shell of the entire addition will be erected and the first floor will be completed. The first floor includes four locker rooms with shared bathrooms, skate rental and skate sharpening space. The expansion required careful attention to hockey player flow from the ice to the locker rooms. Creative solutions to relocate the main entry to the ice arena and reconfigure bleachers will allow spectators to comfortably gather before, during, and after events. For Phase 2, the second floor will house public bathrooms, an office, meeting room, concession area, and a large viewing area. The heated viewing area will feature floor to ceiling glass providing commanding views of the ice arena. The completed expansion will also foster the use of indoor turf with the spring and fall sports. The Friends of Middlebury Hockey are still raising funds for Phase 2 of the project. If you would like further information or to contribute, please call Jim Swift at 802-388-6356. This project is scheduled for completion in October 2008.

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