Overall, the project consisted of the construction of a 5,580-m2 multifunctional centre. The arena houses an ice rink with dimensions based on the North American hockey standards of 200 feet by 85 feet. It can, through the use of retractable boards and bleachers, be modified to respect Olympic standards of 200 feet by 100 feet.
In addition, the facility includes eight changing rooms, a fitness area, 15 boxes, a restaurant, a press room, a multi-purpose room and administrative offices. Acoustic panels dress the interior walls, providing excellent sound quality during cultural events.
The concept includes several aspects that respect sustainable development principles, including the conversion of a former industrial site in the downtown core, waterless urinals and an electric Zamboni. In addition, ammonia is used as a coolant in the refrigeration system, which has no adverse effects on the ozone layer and is not a greenhouse gas. The arena also employs significant Eco-Energetic measures, such as high-efficiency light fixtures (metal halide, T5 fluorescent bulbs and LED) and above-standard insulation. But it is the ice refrigeration system that generates the most significant energy savings. Indeed, practically all the heat generated by the compressors to cool the ice is reused to preheat hot water for domestic and service use; the heating under the ice slab; the radiant heat under the seats and the concrete floors; the preheating of fresh air; and the melting of snow. This system also includes a bank of ice which stores the heat or the cold to manage peak demand for heating or air conditioning.
Special Features and Challenges
- The work was done in several overlapping lots, requiring tight schedule maintenance to stay on time.
- Prefabricated stands had to be installed before closing the roof structure, and the peripheral structure had to be closed before the stands were put into place. It was therefore necessary to handle these two tasks simultaneously.
- Record snowfalls forced Pomerleau to bring in additional labour for snow removal.
- To stay on schedule, a second work shift was added to simultaneously perform the electrical and structural work.