University of Maine

Shawn Walsh Athletic Center

“A First-Class, Modern Hockey Facility”

Crawford, in collaboration with locally-based A/E firm WBRC, was engaged to renovate the existing ice arena at the University of Maine while designing a new 13,000 square-foot performance center. As the Black Bears continue to honor the lasting memory of historic men’s ice hockey head coach Shawn Walsh, significant upgrades will be provided to the Shawn Walsh Athletic Center. The Maine Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey programs will receive new, state-of-the-art locker rooms and lounges. The Shawn Walsh Athletic Center equips the Black Bears Hockey Teams with a full-service player development, complete with a new strength & conditioning facilities along with a first-rate film room, which will be constructed to provide the programs with extra space and superior video equipment. Expanded equipment rooms, sports medicine spaces, and new staff offices are also housed within the facility. New hydrotherapy cold and hot tubs, as well as larger and more efficient areas for treatment and injury prevention, will improve these areas.

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University of Maine


Orono, ME


WBRC (Prime Consultant)
49 Degrees (Signage | Wayfinding)


13,000 SF (Building)


Concept Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Stadiums & Arenas, Training Facilities, Health & Wellness, Mixed-Use, Commercial Office

These enhancements to an already iconic venue will provide our student-athletes with a first-class, modern experience. The updated facilities will provide championship-caliber resources for our men’s and women’s ice hockey programs as they prepare to compete in front of the best fans in Hockey East. These improvements will continue our efforts towards being the premier destination for college hockey.

Jude Killy, Director of Athletics