Ice House Construction Expertise in Palatine, IL

Harbour was hired to provide a feasibility and design study on an existing 1972 pre-engineered roller rink retrofitting into a new community ice rink.

With a keen evaluation of the building’s history up to its present time, Harbour Contractors was able to provide the private client with a highly accurate analysis of the existing site, existing building, zoning, and building code. Harbour proposed a “reuse and re-purpose” concept that would capture the spirit of the building’s history and lower the overall environmental impact on the project while reusing the existing roller rink floor as finish material throughout the facility, reducing construction waste and carbon footprint.


By developing the facility in 3D, Harbour could maximize efficiencies within the existing structure and determine the most efficient location for the arena and the supporting program, reducing building operations and mechanical (life-cycle).

This was accompanied by a schedule that ran parallel with the model and an in-sync estimated budget. This allowed our client to realize all project potentials and realities without negatively affecting the environment or site.

The newly retrofitted 37,500 SF arena houses one “game day” executive locker room, six dry-locker rooms, communal showers, a coach and referee locker room, and a 2,000 SF bar and restaurant.

Building Features

  • Houses one NHL-regulation-sized ice rink
  • Utilizes a custom ice rink system
  • Re-used roller rink wooden floor planks in bar top and furniture
  • Provided sustainable options that would have met LEED Certification from the USGBC


Passionately Dedicated to the Sport of Hockey

Harbour’s in-house ice rink construction knowledge is top tier. The Harbour family is both a dedicated construction family and a hockey family. We fully understand how to build functional, beautiful ice house facilities that successfully bring communities together and promote wellness and learning a new sport or skill, whether figure skating or ice hockey.

A notable hockey project in our portfolio is the construction of Darien Sportsplex, home to the Chicago Hawks Hockey Club, Chicago Edge Skating Academy, DuPage Stars Hockey Club, Chicago Empire FC, and several other local youth sports organizations.

Harbour’s Vice President, Zachary Harbour, is our resident ice rink engineering and construction expert and will ensure your project succeeds in all capacities. He is an active Hockey Players in Business member and genuinely loves the sport. Contact Zach below for a complimentary hockey rink construction consultation. As an active hockey coach and construction expert, Zach Harbour is the expert you need to consult with for ice house projects of any size.

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Do you have an ongoing or upcoming sports and recreation construction project? Let’s talk! Please complete the form below to schedule a sports and recreation consultation with Vice President Zach Harbour.

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Harley Fischer
(847) 394-9199


Conceptual Design
Construction Estimates
Design Study
Feasibility Study
Ice Rink Sustainability Research
Ice Rink System Market Research
Owner’s Representation
Project Schedule
Zoning and Code Assessment


Harbour Contractors, Inc.
Ben Kennedy


Ice Rink: Custom






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