National Cathedral School

Washington,

Ice Rink Feasibility Analysis

In 1998 the National Cathedral School for Girls retained the services of B&D for an analysis of the key variables involved in developing an ice rink. The facility would likely be a hybrid operation with some capacity dedicated to school use and some used to generate income to cover part of operations and debt service. Our work consisted of: a review of hockey leagues, skating organizations, and public skating facilities; a recommendation of three management entities for the facility; development of usage and revenue patterns given different ratios of school and public use; and an analysis of the financial feasibility given the variety of users. Our work revealed that the public usage would cover operating costs and generate excess income, but the school decided not to pursue the project. Various zoning and neighbor concerns about traffic and parking presented barriers to its realization.