Project Description

Father David Bauer Arena Upgrades

The Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary houses an Olympic-sized ice hockey surface (200 ft. x 100 ft.) and an artificial ice surface (Norma Bush Arena, 185 ft. x 85 ft.). AME completed an extensive renovation at the facility in December 2015.
As part of the renovation, the arena floor slab was replaced. AME was responsible for the design of the underfloor heating and in-slab cooling brine piping systems; the replacement of the brine heating and cooling headers; the brine heating and cooling circulating pumps; the brine filtration system; and the brine chillers.

AME designed a system which optimized the snow melting process using waste heat recovered from the refrigeration process.

The renovation included an overhaul of the existing controls system with new DDC controls. This included below-slab RTD temperature monitoring; in-slab RTD monitoring; infrared overhead ice temperature monitoring; and variable frequency drives for the cooling brine pumps to provide optimum ice temperature control and reduced electrical energy usage.

The design provided by AME optimized all mechanical systems serving the ice rink and will significantly reduce the running cost of the facility. The project was completed on time and on budget.