The design responded to the College’s program by developing a three-story addition adjacent to the South side of the existing building, resulting in a contiguous footprint that provides a seamless integration between new and renovated facilities. This allows a two-story linear entry lobby with direct access to the arena and an overlook from the hockey offices, private suites with associated seating, coaches’ offices with balconies and views into the arena, and organization of dedicated team and shared support spaces.
An Arena Fit for a Friar
Faced with an aging arena no longer suitable to help in its hockey team’s quest for a first national title, Providence College engaged SMMA to modernize its facility, upgrading it, making it fit for a Friar.
Schneider Arena originally opened in 1973, and was named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, founder of the Friars' hockey program and a long-time member of the school's faculty.
Over the past 40 years, both the men’s and women’s teams have enjoyed success on the ice, but the school had fallen behind its peers with regard to recruiting success and overall amenities, a result of a lack of any significant capital investment in the arena.
The facility became outdated over time, had no dehumidification or air conditioning, and under certain exterior temperature and humidity conditions, the ice surface could not be maintained. It was also inefficiently laid out, due to the seating structural system, and lacked adequate space for a modern hockey program.