A thesis project is the last major step toward graduation of a first professional degree. These projects are not always problem-solving concepts, but often point out critical issues in the design of architecture that needs to be addressed. The purpose of a thesis is to lay a basis of new concepts that can be advanced through the practice.
Professional sports teams draw millions of spectators to their stadiums and arenas each and every year. Due to the large exposure of people, the industry is in a strong position to incorporate sustainable design into the US culture. Stadiums and arenas use a high demand of energy, emit a large emission of Greenhouse gases, and produce thousands of tons of waste each year. This thesis will focus on setting the standard in sports and entertainment facilities for years to come. The thesis proposal is to design a LEED Platinum Certified hockey/ entertainment arena. In doing so, it would be the first NHL, National Hockey League, arena to have a Platinum rating. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, are certified high performance buildings that save money and resources while creating renewable, clean energy.
By encouraging and paving the way for sustainable practices in stadiums and arenas, we can dramatically reduce the environmental affects created by these large footprints. The main categories that need to focused on are: a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.