It’s August, which means that many arenas are putting their ice in, eagerly awaiting the start of the next hockey season. In Membertou, Nova Scotia, the folks there are eagerly awaiting the opening of their brand new facility.

John Meade from Preferred Mechanical Services has been keeping me apprised of how that build has been coming along. Preferred is normally the instalment arm for Emerald Environmental Services, the manufacturers of the Ice3 system that’s been installed for the Membertou First Nation, the customer for this build. As I  told you in an earlier post, the facility, with two ice surfaces, an indoor walking circuit and exercise room, is expected to be one of the most energy efficient facilities in Canada.

John sent me a little note yesterday, which goes like this:

Hi Colleen,

We’re getting ready for its first flood on Rink A.  Gordie Snook (the facility’s operation manager) has paint scheduled for next Monday.

All 10 Ice Kubes operational and under digital control.  All 10 Kubes were started and rejected to the geothermal wells, without issue. Tests were conducted today with the redundant fluid cooling tower. The system has been operated at maximum capacity and load. AHU in Rink A was started to dehumidify., this is also sourced from the Kubes.

Rink B was brought to 22*F for the test and it was relaxed while painting of the structure continues.

Our controls man leaves today after training, and our Kube factory technician leaves tomorrow after some more mechanical training has been completed.

The arena will be turned over fully to the customer and mechanical contractor.

The Membertou Sports & Wellness Facility is expected to open to the public in September.