Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 1:22 pm in Uncategorized.
Save Berkeley Iceland, www.saveberkeleyiceland.org, the grassroots group that is trying to reopen the historic Berkeley Iceland, is gliding along with plans to restore the skating palace. This week the nonprofit announced that it has selected Page & Turnbull, a San Francisco architecture firm noted for their work in restoration and preservation.
That’s good news, but the bottom line is the group still needs $12 million to buy the ice rink that once hosted Olympic champion skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Botano. Tom Dufurrena with Page & Turnbull says the “bones of the building are strong, it has great interior space and natural light.” The ice rink closed in April 2007 after financial struggles. It was later deemed a historical landmark by the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission.
Save Berkeley Iceland, which includes skaters and parents of skaters and hockey players as well as community members, hopes that Page & Turnbull can bring its expertise to the rink. The firm’s past projects include the San Francisco’s Ferry Building, the Berkeley Public Library, and several projects at UC Berkeley .
Plans for the rink not only include restoring the elegant lobby and ice surface using the latest energy efficient technology, but also include adding other complementary uses to the facility. Proposals include workout facilities, dance studios, and multi-purpose rooms for events. If you want to get involved with the campaign check out the group online at www.saveberkeleyiceland.com.
– Kristin Bender