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Designed by Perkins+Will Canada
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
Opened in August 2007, the facility features both an Olympic-sized ice rink and three NHL-sized ice rinks. It also has a 25-metre competition pool, a 21-metre learning pool, a full-sized gymnasium, a walking track, three multi-purpose rooms, a restaurant and a pro shop.
Energy-efficient building mechanical systems feature desiccant dehumidification for the arena, air-to-air heat recovery for the arena and pool change rooms and a pool dehumidification unit that reclaims compressor heat and transfers it to the pool water or supply air.
Along with the air handling measures discussed above, arena refrigeration plant waste heat is diverted from the cooling tower based on building demand for use as domestic hot water preheat, rooftop unit heating coils and arena spectator infloor radiant heating.
All of the energy measures highlighted above enabled the facility to qualify for the Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) offered by Natural Resources Canada by exceeding the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) predicted annual building operating costs by approximately 37%.