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Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund

New Energy Efficiency Upgrade is Underway at Strathcona Gardens

The two ice surfaces are currently in the process of a complete upgrade to the CO2 refrigeration system as part of the 4.6 million Energy Efficiency Upgrade funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.  With today’s concern for the environment, energy efficiency and safety, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is now recognized as a much superior option over other synthetic refrigerants for these purposes. CO2 is a natural, non-toxic, non-flammable with no-net greenhouse effect.  The switch out from an ammonia-based refrigeration system to a CO2 will make the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex the first facility in the province to make this conversion.

Current Status

Refrigeration Plant:

  • Ammonia refrigeration system 100% decommissioned and removed
  • Existing underfloor system flushed and glycol for new plants placed
  • Temporary refrigeration plant for arena #1 operational. Arena #1 opened to the public July 21st.
  • New CO2 plant for Rod Brind’Amour arena arrived and installation in progress. Plant scheduled to be operational end of August 2019
  • Installation of plant components such as floor pumps, DDC electrical panels, piping, hydraulic separators, etc. in progress
  • Gas coolers arrived and piping work progressing
  • Completion of two new CO2 plants Mid- September.

Energy Recovery Loop:

  • All existing equipment serving the north boiler room and south compressor room removed and disposed
  • New house keeping pads have been formed and poured in both the north boiler and south compressor rooms
  • Hot water tanks received and connections progressing
  • New supply and return piping being installed between the North Boiler Room and South Compressor Room
  • All new mechanical and electrical equipment for the energy recovery loop ordered

Next Steps

  • Installation of heat pump lines to new CO2 refrigeration plants
  • Installation of boilers. Hot water in change rooms unavailable until September 6th.
  • Design and procurement of Energy Efficiency components (stage 2)

Project Completion

  • All stages of this project are scheduled to be completed in fall 2020.

Project Communications


For questions or more information on the energy efficiency upgrade,
Please contact SRD’s Project Manager at 250-830-6700 or


First CO2 plant for Rod Brind’Amour arena being unloaded


Gas coolers in place and installations in progress


Strathcona Gardens Arena #1 operational


Cold pumps and piping installations in progress


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