LoConte improvements celebration
LoConte improvements celebration
Low-e ceiling
Low-e ceiling

Showcase Project: LoConte Ice Rink

Sector Type

State Government, Local Government

Location

Medford, Massachusetts

Project Size

34,000 Square Feet

Financial Overview

Project Cost $216,000

Annual Energy Use

(Source EUI)
Baseline (2011-12)
208 kBtu/sq. ft.
Expected (2013)
181 kBtu/sq. ft.
Actual
Coming soon

Energy Savings:

13%

Annual Energy Cost

Baseline (2011-12)
$71,400
Expected (2013)
$60,200
Actual
Coming soon

Cost Savings:

$11,200

Due to the extended operating season, annual energy savings of 13% also represents a 48% decrease in energy use per month the facility is in operation.

Background

The Parks Department of the City of Medford acquired the right to manage and maintain the LoConte Ice Rink from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in September 2010. At that time, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the City of Medford agreed to perform several upgrades to the rink, some of which were contingent upon agreement from the local utility supplier, National Grid, to contribute financially to the improvements.

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The City arranged for National Grid to complete an energy audit of the LoConte Ice Rink, which recommended the installation of a low-emissivity (low-e) ceiling, dehumidification system, and other improvements. After National Grid agreed to fund part of the low-e ceiling upgrade, DCR agreed to contribute to this energy saving measure as well.

Click here to view a video on the LoConte Memorial Rink Improvements Celebration.

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Solutions

Low-e ceilings are becoming standard in ice rinks, as they prevent heat from being reflected onto the surface of the ice and reduce the need for ice cooling. The cost of this upgrade was $66,000. The project began in September 2012 and was completed in December of 2012. The energy audit identified other work that would benefit the LoConte Ice Rink as well including the installation of a dehumidification system. At a cost of $150,000, the system was completely funded by the DCR. Future planned energy improvements for the rink include the installation of a new refrigeration system.

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During the 18 months prior to the energy upgrade project, the State invested $700,000 in general facility improvements including new rink boards, protective glass, and locker rooms. Receiving pricing for energy conservation measures and arranging for an energy consultant to oversee the work was a relatively straightforward process. The challenging task was bringing together the State, the City and the local utility, to negotiate funding for the project.

The City of Medford anticipates energy usage reductions in the 13% range, reducing annual energy use by 80,000 kWh and saving $11,200 annually as a result of the project.

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Other Benefits

Improvements at the LoConte Ice Rink were originally in response to the City’s need of locker rooms for the Girls Ice Hockey Team. These conversations led to the partnership that allows the City of Medford to manage and maintain the ice rink. The City of Medford is committed to sustainability and asked for several improvements to the infrastructure of the building. These improvements will allow the LoConte Ice Rink’s operating season to be extended from 6 months to 10 months a year, providing significantly more recreation opportunities for youth and adults alike.

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