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Ed Meagher Arena goes eco-friendly

Energy efficient refrigeration, dehumidification and heating systems a major part of renovations
April 15, 2013
By Anne-Marie Curatolo

Major renovations to the Ed Meagher Arena are underway on the Loyola Campus.

Photo by Concordia University
Photo by Concordia University

The arena, in operation since 1967, will have its current ammonia system replaced by a carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigeration system. “Not only is this technology non-toxic, it represents a $40,000 yearly savings on energy and maintenance costs,” says Peter Bolla, associate vice-president, Facilities Management.

The CO2 system also means the arena can operate for 11 months a year, as opposed to the previous eight, using the old ammonia system.

In addition to a new ice surface and boards, fans will stay cozy and warm under a new heating system. The burning of natural gas will be replaced by recycled heat from the new refrigeration system.

The renovations – made possible by a joint investment of $7.75 million between the Government of Quebec and Concordia – will involve an expansion of 2,500 sq. ft.  This will allow for larger changing rooms, an equipment storage room and two new changing rooms for soccer and rugby players.

Other renovations include roof insulation, window replacement and a new dehumidification system. The latter, jokes Bolla, will be appreciated by anyone who’s ever been around 12 hockey bags at once. “It will make a huge difference when it comes to ventilation and eliminating odours.”

Meeting NHL standards
The Stingers will soon be host to a rink that meets National Hockey League specifications, right down to the increased curvature of the corners of the ice surface.

While Katie Sheahan, director of Recreation and Athletics, believes these changes will help Concordia add to its list of top-notch hockey alumni such as Cammi Granato and Caroline Ouellette, she is excited for the long-time users of the arena. “We have staff, faculty and alumni who have been playing at the arena for over 25 years – many who speak of their time spent playing hockey at Concordia as some of their most memorable moments.”

In addition to the varsity hockey teams, the arena is home to more than 40 intramural teams, as well as local community teams, several hockey camps, high school teams and minor sports associations.

“The arena is not just about the sport of hockey; it’s about people – whether young or old – coming together and being active. It’s about our international students discovering our national sport. It’s about school and team spirit,” says Sheahan.

Hockey players can expect to hit the ice at the new and improved Ed Meagher Arena in the fall of 2013.

Related links:
•    Recreation and Athletics
•    Facilities Management
•    “Concordia arena to get $6.5-million facelift” — NOW, July 25, 2012

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