OGDEN -- The Weber County Commission approved a $455,000 contract with Salt Lake City-based FFKR Architects Inc. to design an expansion of the Ice Sheet.
FFKR Architects originally designed the Ice Sheet, which is on the Weber State University campus, just northwest of the Dee Events Center.
Ice Sheet Director Todd Ferrario said the county returned to FFKR to fully integrate the design of the expansion with that of the Ice Sheet and of Weber State.
The new $7.5 million building will include a second National Hockey League-size hockey rink on the ground floor and an artificial turf practice field to be used by football and soccer teams on the upper floor.
The plan has been in the works for about 19 months, Ferrario said, but it really began moving forward with approval of RAMP funds.
The RAMP Tax Advisory Board committed to continue providing funds through the life of RAMP, which ends in 2014. RAMP will continue to fund the Ice Sheet project if the tax is re-approved by voters.
Since the county first approached FFKR, the architecture firm went ahead and began preliminary design work for the building.
"It never really stopped, but now they will be fully engaged to move the process forward," Ferrario said.
The architectural design should be done by mid-June. After that, the county will seek construction bids.
The expansion will help ease user pressure on the Ice Sheet, allowing it to serve more members of the public.
"Currently, in peak season, we're booked from 6 a.m. to midnight, even on Sundays," Ferrario said.
The Ice Sheet is used for a variety of ice-related activities, including hockey, open skating, figure skating and curling.
Along with use by county residents, the expansion might also benefit Weber State University.
Both the second ice rink and the multisport facility will have locker rooms. The upstairs multisport facility will also have a weight room and will be available for accredited Weber State physical education classes.