Project Highlights
  • Elevated campus and community experience for students, athletes, and sports fans
  • State-of-the-art 154,000 SF multi-use arena housing 3,100+ seats, 12 suites, and large club suite
  • Utilization of cast-in-place concrete eliminated the lengthy lead times associated with a typical structural steel frame for an arena

Augustana University Midco Arena serves as a vibrant gateway to the campus and introduces a new collegiate sports experience by bringing Division 1 Men’s Hockey to South Dakota, the first in the state. The state-of-the-art 154,000-square-foot arena, boasting over 3,100 seats, 12 private suites, and a large club suite, features a maximum clear span of 153 feet. Designed for multi-purpose use, the arena elevates the campus and community experience and serves as a hub for university athletics including coaching offices, team lounges and locker rooms, sports medicine, strength training, campus store, loading dock, and ice resurfacing equipment.



contribute to resisting lateral loads


by utilizing cast-in-place concrete frame incorporating wide module forming system


provided by driven steel piling foundation design
Service Provided
  • Structural engineering


MBJ was an invaluable partner in providing thoughtful and effective structural design solutions within an accelerated project schedule. The design team was able to exceed expectations with the client largely in part to MBJ’s dedicated team of experts and professionals hitting milestone after milestone.

Adam Davidson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Lead Architect, JLG Architects


To expedite the construction process and eliminate the lengthy lead time typically associated with a structural steel frame, the more conventional choice for an arena, we opted for cast-in-place, reinforced concrete for the primary structure. For the concourse and low roof, a wide-module 21” deep system with 24” x 24” concrete columns was selected. Additionally, we incorporated two strategically positioned, highly efficient 8” concrete shear walls, a rarity in arena construction, offering exceptional resistance to lateral loads. Raker beams, serving dual purpose of resisting lateral loads plus code required program loads, were manufactured with precast concrete instead of steel. The primary high roof was engineered with 12’ deep structural steel trusses at 10’-8” OC, spanning 153’ and supporting 3”-20 gauge acoustic roof deck. The trusses are a “barrel vault” shape with top chord radius of 198’-0”. The entire structure, including the ice sheet, is supported by driven steel pipe piles.

MBJ’s foundation design accelerated both the design and construction phases while delivering substantial value and critical performance criteria. Following a thorough examination of multiple piling options, rather than opting for the initially recommended proprietary soil correction procedure, we recommended that a qualified subcontractor be retained and who installed approximately 575 x 45′ long steel pipe piles. This foundation system was installed in less than 30 days following mobilization and without any change orders for unforeseen conditions. Leveraging MBJ’s cast-in-place concrete solution enabled the contractor to begin work on the main building frame much earlier than would have been feasible with structural steel. The pile supported structural slab-on-grade provided for the particularly small settlement performance required by the specialty consultants to maintain ice integrity. Cold-formed steel exterior walls strategically implemented at multiple locations also provided cost savings over CMU.



Sioux Falls, SD



Construction Cost:



Augustana University


JLG Architects


Clark Construction and Fiegen Construction

Division 3 Trade Partner:

Limoges Construction, Inc.