Birdair PTFE Membrane Allows for a Beautiful Year-Round Multi-Use Pavilion
The Basin’s constantly changing weather made it almost impossible to maintain a consistent sheet of ice and it soon became evident that a refrigerated, covered ice rink was needed. Bill’s dedication and commitment inspired other volunteers to help with the project and, in 1999, Klamath Ice Sports, a grass roots, non-for-profit organization, was formed and began raising funds and generating widespread enthusiasm for a new ice skating facility. Located just inside the entrance to the Running Y Resort, off Highway140 West, the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena opened in January of 2002.
The new facility has a 200′ x 85′ refrigerated ice sheet and is protected from the weather by a PTFE Tensione Membrane Roof, pavilion-style roof that provides an outstanding view of the surrounding countryside, continuing the long tradition of outdoor skating in the Klamath Basin. During its five month long season, the ice arena offers a wide variety of ice skating opportunities to both residents of and visitors to our area. Klamath Ice Sports depends upon both individual and corporate contributions to support its programs, its endowment fund, and the athletic scholarships that are made available to young skaters. Birdair's scope of work included design, fabrication, supply and installation of the PTFE fiberglass membrane, cables and end fittings, and clamping.