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Ice Skating and Sports Facility Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Ice Skating, Sports Facilities, Planning, Designing, Building, Renovating, Operations, Ice Rinks, Energy Efficient Refrigeration Systems, Dehumidification Equipment, Dasher Board Systems, Safe Ice Skate Conditions, Design, Estimate, Construction, Budget

Expert’s company was founded in 1993 to provide consulting services to municipalities, universities, private schools, architects, non-profit organizations, and private investment groups that are planning, designing, building, renovating and/or operating ice skating rinks. Terry MacLaughlin, president of MMD, advises owners, operators and architects on the overall layout of ice rinks, provides the design and oversees the installation of energy efficient refrigeration systems, dehumidification equipment and dasher board systems. MMD also advises on the management and operational strategies necessary to economically sustain ice rinks and provide high-quality and safe ice skating conditions.

EXPERT has the experience to design, estimate and construction manage, the building or renovation of an ice rink, within budget, from conception to completion. EXPERT has worked on many of the ice rinks built or renovated in the Northeast over last 20 years and has designed their refrigeration, dasher board and dehumidification systems with a focus on quality, safety and energy consumption. The company also specializes in ice rink feasibility studies to determine the operational budgets and construction cost for new facilities.

EXPERT consults with owners to ensure that their facilities are managed and operated effectively in order to provide skaters with a safe environment and a high quality skating experience. MMD operational and management services include developing realistic operational budgets with ice schedules, staffing, training ice rink personnel in ice making and ice maintenance, safety engineering, developing and implementing rink management software, and preparing a marketing program for the facility.

Expert extensive experience as an expert witness in ice skating facility operations. His prior expert witness cases include:

  • Iceland v. River City Bank- 2018 deposition and trial testimony in federal court
  • Dallas Stars v. Zurich Insurance Co. 2018- deposition
  • Tyler Martin v. Newington Ice Arena 2018- deposition
  • Lebron v. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 2019- deposition and trial testimony in federal court
  • Acosta v. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 2019- deposition
  • Buffalo Riverworks Arena v. Danforth Construction Co. 2019- deposition and mediation
  • Smerno v. City of Saratoga Springs 2019- deposition and trial testimony in state court
  • Buckler v. Athletica Sports Systems 2020- deposition
  • Lisa Morris v. Woodloch Resort, LLC- 2020- deposition
  • Laurenzi v. New England Sports Management Corp. 2020- deposition
  • Herrera v. San Jose Downtown Association 2021 deposition
  • Lewis v. Las Vegas Hockey 2021 deposition
  • Rotondi v. Breakaway Ice Center 2021 deposition

Municipal ice rink consulting projects:

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts renovated 9 municipal ice rinks,
  • Boston, MA
  • City of Peabody, Peabody, MA
  • Town of Arlington, Arlington, MA
  • Town of Belmont, Belmont, MA
  • Town of Woburn, Woburn, MA
  • Town of Wakefield, Wakefield, MA
  • City of Waltham, Waltham, MA
  • City of Manchester, Manchester, NH
  • City of Nashua, Nashua, NH
  • City of Auburn, Auburn, ME
  • Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena, Oak Bluffs, MA

Private school ice rink consulting:

  • Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
  • Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA
  • Holderness School, Plymouth, NH
  • Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA
  • Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH
  • Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME
  • Proctor Academy, Andover, NH
  • New Hampton School, New Hampton, NH
  • Mt St Charles Academy, Woonsocket, RI
  • Fessenden School, Newton, MA
  • Tilton School, Tilton, NH
  • Winchendon School, Winchendon, MA
  • Cardigan Mt School, Enfield, NH

Additional ice rink consulting projects:

  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Connecticut College, New London, CT
  • Colgate University, Starr Rink, Hamilton, NY
  • Brown University, Meehan Auditorium, Providence, RI
  • Albany County Ice Arena, County of Albany, NY
  • Boston College, Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Boston University, Walter Brown Arena, Boston, MA
  • University of Maine, Alfond Arena, Orono, ME
  • Boston University, Agganis Arena, Boston, MA
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
  • Union College, Schenectady, NY
  • Keene State College, Keene, NH
  • Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, MA
  • Bridgewater Ice Arena, Bridgewater, MA
  • Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
  • St Anselm College, Sullivan Arena, Manchester, NH
  • Fitchburg State University, Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
  • University of New Hampshire, Whitmore Center, Durham, NH
  • Holy Cross, Hart Center, Worcester, MA
  • RPI, Houston Field House, Troy NY
  • Bowdoin College, Watson Rink, Brunswick, ME
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Campion Rink, West Lebanon, NH
  • Jay Peak, Jay, VT
  • Washington West Arena, Waterbury, VT
  • Union Arena, Woodstock, VT
  • Rhode Island Sports Center, North Smithfield, RI
  • Collins Perley Ice Arena, St Albans, VT
  • Lynch Memorial Arena, Pawtucket, RI
  • Cairns Arena, So. Burlington, VT
  • Rinks @ Exeter, Exeter,
  • Arctic Zone, Daytona, FL
  • Summit Skating Arena, Hildago, TX
  • City of Owensboro, Owensboro, KY
  • City of North Adams, North Adams, MA
  • The Edge, Bedford, MA
  • The Bog Skating Arena, Kingston, MA
  • Canton Sportsplex, Canton, MA

Professional Ice Rink Experience:

  • 7 years as Vice President of Ice Pro, an ice rink construction company
  • 6 years as President of US Arena Supply, an ice rink design and material supplier
  • 20 years as President of MacLaughlin Management & Design, an ice rink and sports facility consulting and design company.

Expert is a graduate of Colgate University where he played varsity ice hockey.