Rough Rider Center
Watford City, North Dakota
Obernel partnered with JLG Architects and the city of Watford City to develop the design for the Rough Rider Center. The glass-enclosed commons provides a gateway to the community and the connection between the facility activities. Obernel was responsible for the mechanical and electrical engineering on this project, including fire protection, lighting design, and AV design.
The Rough Rider Center provides amenities for community recreation, theatre, and concerts as well as a multitude of convention center resources. The building has two ice sheets for hockey, a multi-purpose fieldhouse for basketball, volleyball, and baseball with indoor turf for offseason practice. The gymnastics club has a new home within the building, providing opportunities for community growth. The aquatic center includes a leisure pool with a slide, offering year-round water recreation and a six-lane competition pool to allow for planned growth.
Support facilities for the swimming pool area include a party room, family locker rooms, and standard locker room facilities. The main arena will have seating for up to 3,200 spectators depending on the event and can be modified for theatre and concert events up to 3,000. The convention hall will allow for a variety of meeting activities, providing spaces for meetings from 25 to 450 people as well as catering and service functions.