Council OKs $9.6M Hobart Arena project

More than $9.6 million needed to update and expand the 65 year-old facility

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The city of Troy’s Hobart Arena will be getting a facelift at the age of 65.

Troy City Council voted unanimously to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the renovation and expansion of Hobart Arena at a cost of $9.65 million.

Council member Brock Heath was not in attendance. No questions or comments were shared by council or those in attendance prior to the vote.

Council met as a whole on Jan. 12, and supported the project, which was $2.3 million over its initial budget of $7.3 million.

According to the report, the city plans to borrow $1 million in additional bonds to fund the overage. The city plans to pay for the $1.3 million in excess from the city’s general fund.

The design calls for approximately 26,282 square feet of added space mostly to the north of the arena for “back-of-the-house” operations to set up for arena shows, locker rooms, kitchen and all-purpose area. Renovation work will expand the arena’s corridor to improve pedestrian flow, improved and expanded restroom facilities, and improved and expanded concession stand access.

According to the report, the lowest and best base bid for the project was $7,994,000 from Monarch Construction. The $9.6 million project includes the kitchen equipment bid, which is estimated at $500,000, including a 5 percent contingency. The lowest bid for the kitchen equipment was $476,407, which includes Hobart brand kitchen equipment to honor the building’s namesake.

The bid’s alternates include landscaping, irrigation, the $191,000 catwalk replacement, $54,000 for rigging improvements, $18,000 HVAC for the addition, fire suppression throughout the building, $40,000 in soils work, and a $20,000 mobile partition. The bid breakdown also includes a $50,000 savings in suggested value engineering submitted by Monarch. The project also will have a 7.5 percent contingency of $632,475, which is built into the final request.

Monarch Construction of Cincinnati has completed projects such as the Miami University ice arena on its campus. If the contract is approved, Monarch estimated it would take 315 days, with a completion date at the end of 2016.


In January 2014, city council approved Crossroads Consulting Services to perform the feasibility study for a second sheet of ice at Hobart Arena at a cost not to exceed $50,000.

According to the committee report, “the increased authorization does not include the addition of a second sheet of ice, as the study concluded that the capital construction costs for a second sheet of ice facility would exceed $7.6 million and, once in operation, would likely require up to a $120,000 general fund operational subsidy every year.

In other news:

Council also approved the authorization of $1.2 million to replace four water pumps at the city’s water treatment plant.

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology will hold a community meeting at the school on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. to discuss its plan to expand its parking lot to coincide with its new facility project which recently was announced.

The meeting is to address traffic concerns in the neighborhood, which is located on Trade Square East. The city planning commission voted to recommend the rezoning issue to council. Council will hold a public hearing as part of its rezoning ordinance process. The request is to rezone two lots from residential to light industrial.
More than $9.6 million needed to update and expand the 65 year-old facility

By Melanie Yingst

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