Recreation goes green in Mount Pearl
By Newfound and Labrador
With $1.5 million in funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that the City of Mount Pearl will embark upon a number of energy reduction and environmental initiatives for its Glacier Arena expansion and Pearlgate Recreation Multiplex project. The facilities will be assessed for silver certification under the LEED green building rating system.
“This project is truly a model for environmental sustainability for recreational facilities in our province,” said the Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. “Based on the proposed energy-efficient solutions that will be integrated into these facilities, there is an estimated greenhouse gas savings of more than 2,700 tonnes—a very positive environmental impact. I applaud the city for their green effort.”
The government says several environmental and energy conscious initiatives are proposed for this project. An Eco Chill refrigeration system will help keep the ice surfaces frozen, while the waste heat will be captured and sent to a storage tank where it will be used for hot water heating, frost protection for the underpad under the ice surface, and in-bleacher heating. A geothermal heat pump will be installed, as well as low flow plumbing fixtures and motion activated faucets. A pool heat reclaim system will also be added, enabling waste heat to be reused to reheat pool water. Energy-efficient lighting and a rainwater recovery system will also be incorporated.
“The city wants to demonstrate our commitment to environmental, economic and social stewardship and yield savings for our taxpayers,” said Randy Simms, Mayor of Mount Pearl. “We are committed to providing healthy environments for our staff and visitors and contribute to the city’s goals of enhancing our environment.”
The Glacier expansion and multiplex project consists of an expansion to the Glacier Arena that will replace the aging Smallwood Arena, and a Recreation Multiplex which includes an expansion to the Reid Community Centre. The multiplex will consist of a 350 seat multi-use theatre, expanded gymnasium area, a 12,000 sq.ft. fitness and wellness centre, a 25,000 sq.ft. aquatics facility and a 3,500 sq.ft. youth centre.
A public awareness system called Windows on the World (WOW) will serve as an interactive educational science tool for all visitors to the new buildings. The system will include a kiosk at the main entrance of the multiplex which will display actual data pertaining to the facilities such as the geothermal heating system and Eco Chill system. Visitors will be able to view the real time information and see how efficiently the buildings are operating and learn about the need for energy savings.