The 2016 Ice Arch was designed primarily to utilize transparent ice blocks, as this design has not been used since the 2012 arch. Instead of constructing one arch, the design included both an upper arch and lower arch which were connected by steel cables supporting a steel ornament. The upper arch stood at 12.5 feet and the lower arch at 5 feet. Constructing with block ice eliminated the need for constructing forms, freezing the ice, and tipping the structure once completed.
Structural analysis of the arch was conducted and the design was found to lie well within the maximum stress tolerance for ice. Ice cannot retain its structure in tension, therefore it must be in compression. The catenary curve design ensures that the stress on the ice is largely in compression, mitigating destructive forces.