Hunstman Arena Renovation


Project Budget

VCBO Architecture

Project Architect

101,000 SF

Project Size



March 2014 To October 2014


University of Utah



The University of Utah Huntsman Arena Renovation aimed to upgrade the lighting and sound systems to enhance the experience for spectators and athletes. To increase the arena’s functionality, a new aluminum truss rigging system and curtain dividers were added to the project scope.


The construction schedule was carefully planned around previously scheduled events, including University Commencement activities, high school graduations, gymnastic tournaments, and the need to complete the project before the basketball and volleyball seasons began in October.


Originally built in the 1960s, the arena’s ceiling housed the lighting, the majority of the sound system, and a hoist system for the scoreboard, which collectively weighed nearly 200,000 lbs. This outdated assembly was replaced by a new, lightweight aluminum truss system, modernizing the arena’s infrastructure and significantly improving its functionality.

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