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Covelli Centre

Covelli Centre

Covelli Centre


Once home to a steel mill, a site on the edge of downtown Youngstown needed to be transformed into an entertainment and sporting event destination.

Services Involved

  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Needs Assessment & Planning
  • Site Civil Design
  • Traffic & Transportation Design
  • Construction Administration

Covelli Centre

Developed on nearly 20 acres of reclaimed industrial land, the 169,000 square foot Covelli Centre is a multi-purpose convocation center and sports arena.


Since opening, this state-of-the-art facility has hosted a wide range of events, including arena football, ice hockey, conferences, concerts, and family entertainment events. The facility seats up to 7,000 and includes arena-style seating, club seating, luxury suites, a full-service kitchen, concessions, and meeting spaces.


Prior to beginning the project, the ms consultants team collaborated with all stakeholders, the City of Youngstown, International Coliseums Corporation, and the Central Hockey League, to determine project needs, space requirements, site requirements, and to establish budgets. As a result of these visioning sessions, a successful program of room and space requirements were developed along with an outline of building finishes, MEP systems, security and site design, and a critical path phasing schedule.


ms consultants provided architectural programming, architectural design, interior finishes and amenities, and construction documents for the arena, as well as bidding assistance, construction administration, and closeout. Site design included site grading and drainage, utilities, parking and roadway access.


To serve as the home of the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms hockey team, approximately seven miles of cooling pipe was also installed beneath the Covelli Centre’s concrete floor.


Formerly the location of one of the area’s largest steel mills, ms provided all environmental assessments and remediation for the site. Engineering services also included geotechnical drilling, testing and foundation design.

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