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A Mass Timber Showcase for the Vandals

Idaho Central Credit Union Arena

A new showplace for student-athletes rises on the UI campus, telling the story of Idaho’s heritage and providing a unique gathering place for generations of Vandals to come.

The new 4,200-seat Idaho Central Credit Union Arena will provide a world-class performance court and spectator experience for the University of Idaho. The arena will also feature a practice court facility, offices, locker rooms, conference facilities, and associated support facilities such as concourses, restrooms, and concessions spaces.

The arena will be home to several Vandals sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, and will also serve as an activity center for other university activities. The Arena targets a sustainability goal of LEED Silver certification or higher, or other alternative certification system.

Contract Type



University of Idaho


Opsis Architecture, Hastings + Chivetta


Moscow, ID






LEED Silver

The Architects Newspaper: Free Form Future For Mass Timber
The Architects Newspaper — March 24, 2021

A Mass Timber Showcase

The project showcases innovation in the design of mass timber construction with an emphasis on Idaho forest products. Built with wood harvested from the UI Experimental Forest on Moscow Mountain, the new arena serves as a living laboratory to train students how to engineer wood. The arena’s design features a diagrid wood roof structure comprised of gently sloping organic curves, reflecting the rolling hills of the Palouse landscape.

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