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Full circle: restoring a 40-year-old former roller rink into ... a new roller rink

April 1, 2019


Constructed sometime around 1980, the roller rink in Minden, Louisiana closed after only a few years, and in the interim was repurposed as an auto repair shop, an office-warehouse, and finally a furniture storage building. 


My client grew up skating at this rink, and had a real passion for reconstructing it in a modern aesthetic. So we set to work trying to figure out what a 2019 take on a 1980's idea would look like. 


95% of all interior partitioning is new, and the floors won't actually be ice blue. This is just a cheeky representation of the interior spaces. The owner is in the process of working out the color schemes and logos with a graphic designer. 




The project will consist of restoring the 18,000 SF roller rink to its original constructed purpose, but with a better use of space, and more amenities. The scope is limited to reconfiguration of interior partitioning and renovation of interior fixtures and finishes.


The new uses will include food and beverage concessions, two party rooms, a main dining area, skate rental and fitting areas, an old fashioned stand-up arcade game area, and a racetrack and play equipment for younger skaters. 


As far as construction documents, here's what it takes to bring a 40 year old building into 2019:


Cover Sheet - this typically contains the "splash" image to show code officials and contractors what the project will look like. It also contains site and location images. 



Index Sheet - contains general & construction notes that detail how to build the project. This also includes a symbol legend and sheet index. 



Life Safety Plan (for State Fire Marshal) - this sheet details information just for the use of the OSFM (office of state fire marshal) in their review. I started making these years ago, being that I respect the job they do, and wanted to make it easier for them to distill the information they need from the drawing set. 



ADA Details (chapter 3) - The Americans with Disabilities Act is hard to understand even if you're a subject matter expert. Therefore I produce several sheets for every project that spells out in the simplest detail what the requirements are. This sheet specifies wheelchair requirements. 



ADA Details (chapters 5 & 6) - This is chapter and verse taken straight out of the ADAAG (ADA accessibility guidelines) that is meant as a primer for contractors in order to understand the ramp, parking, and restroom requirements. 



Site Plan - this is for laying out the building plan, the parking area, and the surrounding spaces. 



Building Floor Plan - this is the heart of the documents and details what new partitions are specified with dimensions. 



Sections & Interior Elevations - these give the owner and contractors an idea of what the interior improvements should look like after construction. 



Restroom Design & Schedules - this sheet is a requirement given that ADA compliance particularly affects restroom design. I like to include this to give contractors and code officials a magnified look at what is intended in the design. 



Wall Sections & UL designs - this explains in detail how to build the partitions to the contractor. 


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