Summary: Photo Credit: S. Tarnasky
May 14, 2009
As the home of the Williams Ephs, Lansing Chapman Arena serves an important
historical and cultural role on campus. Built in 1961, the rink has seen hundreds of men
and women's hockey games, family skating sessions for faculty and broomball
championships. For eight years, students used the open-ended facility with only the arch
roof providing shelter. In 1969, the ends were added and a heating system was installed.
Since then, the campus has continued to enjoy the facility for a variety of activities. It
currently doubles in the fall and spring sports seasons as a tennis facility for the varsity
men and women's teams. As the College starts to move forward with sustainability and a
commitment to greater environmental conscientious, it has become clear that this
beautiful building requires improvements to keep apace with the changing campus. An
investigation of the weaknesses of the building and a variety of possible solutions is an
important first step in allowing us to keep the incredible character of this building intact
while making a difference in the energy cost and financial burden it creates.