Community Activity Center

The original ice arena was constructed in 1983 and is served by a direct Holmsten Ice Rinks System.   As with most Holmsten systems installed in the 80’s, system failures have increased maintenance costs and raised concern about reliability.   B32 was the lead consultant on this project and worked closely with the City and their Energy Service Organization to design a unique solution for the replacement of this system and other mechanical systems.  The solution included using City well water as a geothermal heat exchange system, which allows the new refrigeration system to operate at higher than normal efficiencies; unmatched by other systems in the industry.  The system will also capture 100% of the waste heat generated from the refrigeration system for reuse in the facility.


This new, energy-efficiency design reduces the green house gas emissions of the facility, plus it lowers its carbon footprint without sacrificing performance of the two ice sheets.  The first of the two ice sheets was placed on-line in August, 2010 and is exceeding performance and efficiency expectations.