Lund Arena

Holmsten Ice Rinks manufactured and installed over 200 direct refrigeration ice rink systems in North America between 1970 and the late 1980’s.  Many of those systems now need to be replaced or renovated with new technology.

By late in the summer of 2008, Gustavus Adolphus College had realized that the leaks in their ice rink floor were too extensive to simply patch, and with the price of refrigerant on the rise, the risk of larger leaks were too great.

Searching for a sensible solution, the College hired Stevens and ice rink contractor, Commercial Refrigeration Systems, as a design-build team, to provide options for replacing the ice rink floor.  After evaluating several options, the selected design included converting the existing direct refrigeration package over to an indirect system using all of the existing refrigeration equipment.  This design had never been used on a direct system before.  The unique design solution saved the College over $300,000 in construction costs; allowed a shorter period for construction providing the college with skateable ice in less than two months from the start of demolition; and provided the College with an ice system that is nearly as efficient as the direct system it replaces.