The Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the practice facility, training center and corporate headquarters for the Washington Capitals—Washington’s NHL franchise. The Iceplex was a joint venture between the Washington Capitals and Arlington County. Constructed atop a multi-story structure, it sits on the 8th floor on top of the parking garage adjoining the Ballston Common Mall in the Ballston section of Arlington. The arena houses two indoor NHL regulation-sized ice rinks and accommodates about 1,200 spectators.
The 175,000 SF LEED certified facility is owned by Arlington County and is leased to the Capitals, who spend more than 300 hours a year practicing at the arena. The Iceplex also serves as home ice for the Georgetown University and George Washington University club teams. This is the first indoor ice rink inside the Capitol Beltway and only the second facility of its kind anywhere inside the Beltway. With the Orange Line Ballston Metro Station nearby, Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the only community rink located on the Metrorail system.
VIKA provided surveying, planning, civil engineering, and landscape architecture services for the development of this 5.5-acre site. Services included:
- Conceptual planning
- Contextual planning
- Site Suitability Analysis
- Coordination with community groups and civic associations
- Base survey services
- Topographic Survey and Certified Plat
- 4.1 Administrative Site Plan Amendment
- Supplemental Detailed Survey
- Final Site Plan
- Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
- Final Utility Plan
- Landscape plans for rooftop planters
- Plan processing
- Building height certification.
For civil engineering work on The Kettler Capitals Iceplex, VIKA was a recipient of the Design Arlington 2009 Award of Merit.