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Braemar Ice Arena

Braemar Ice Arena is one of the premier community and high school venues in the United States. Braemar includes three indoor ice rinks and one outdoor one.

B32 Engineering Group has been working closely with the City of Edina since 2009 in renovating the existing ice arena facilities. In 2012, B32 completed a study to assist the City in planning for the replacement of the R-22-based refrigeration system that was serving the East Rink. The study evaluated numerous replacement options. This planning was the foundation for a new ammonia-based refrigeration system to serve the East Rink and the new outdoor ice rink.

In 2014, the City decided more ice time was needed and that a refrigerated outdoor ice rink would complement the three existing indoor facilities and add a unique and existing element to the overall facility.

One of the most efficient means of serving an outdoor ice rink facility with refrigeration is by sharing capacity of another ice system. With an aging R-22 refrigeration system serving one of the three existing ice arenas and the need for more ice, the City hired B32 Engineering Group to design a common ammonia refrigeration system to serve both the existing East Arena and a new outdoor ice sheet.

Since opening in the fall of 2015, the system has been operating very efficiently with utility costs unchanged, and sometimes even lower than when only the East Rink was operating.