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First Arena

Project Info

Name: First Arena (formerly CoachUSA Center)

Client: Southern Tier Economic Development Corp.

Location: Elmira, New York

Project Data

Size: 140,000 square feet

Completion Date: 2000

Designer: Brisbin Brook Beynon (Toronto, Canada)

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Project Summary

Welliver was hired to build the all-new Coach USA Center, complete with an ice rink, seats for 4,500 spectators, suites, a café, a bar and restaurant, concessions and a retail store, as well as a massive amount of sophisticated equipment for scoring, sounds, televisions and much more. The project, located in the heart of the city of Elmira, was finished in time to host a minor-league hockey team and other events.


Welliver’s accurate scheduling process, and regular communication with the Owner, provided increased control over schedule interdependencies, allowing accurate planning of facility occupation and operations start-up. Welliver provided a project team with over 45 years of experience, minimizing the risk of a lower quality of work and providing leadership to the other subcontractors on the project.


Welliver met with the Owner and the Architect on numerous occasions in an effort to ensure continuity of construction operations, which maximized the safety and happiness of the city’s residents and the new center’s user groups. Few disruptions to the city’s day-to-day operations were crucial as the Center was constructed in the busy downtown area at a major intersection. Careful coordination of logistical issues, including staging and storage, among 30 subcontractors and interest groups were conducted.



Floor levels in both ice arenas had to meet specific requirements to be deemed a super-flat floor and acheive approval.

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