Ice Arenas & Curling Clubs

Prairie HVAC/R has designed a mechanical ice plant system that combines the benefits of a conventional system, and marries it with a heat recovery component. Our system design is based on the need for a highly efficient low maintenance facility, that complies with LEED specifications.

Specific metrics we address are optimum efficiency, reduced operating costs, consistent ice surface, quick sheet set up (pull down), flexibility, and safety. We do this by blending proven technology with new innovation, creating a hybrid system that delivers on all metrics.

For arena and curling club floors Prairie HVAC/R has perfected the buried header, using only fusion welded joints with no clamps. This makes for a long lasting reliable floor system, that naturally balances the flow through each circuit using a reverse return system. As such this eliminates the need for a high maintenance header trench. We will engineer, supply, and install a full floor system including concrete, piping, and boards for a turnkey system.

Using our Distech Controls system, we can provide remote access to a variety of functions and set points. Allowing us or our clients to control ice conditions from anywhere with a WIFI signal. Remote controls access reduces service calls, and provides immediate alarm to any system needing attention.

Operation Highlights

Efficiency & Reduced Operating Costs – Our system utilizes waste heat in the ice making process to maintain and control temperatures throughout other areas of the facility. Reducing draw on traditional utilities, and minimizing the need for supplemental heating systems.

Consistent Ice Surface – Our system provides consistent pristine ice conditions, even during extended tournament schedules irrespective of demand. We can provide a solution that delivers quality ice 12 months a year.

Quick Pull Down – Using a conventional floor system that utilizes industrial/commercial components, we are able to pull down the floor in less than 24 hours to begin the ice making process.

Flexibility - The flexibility of our system incorporates expansion from the main ice plant out to individual zones in the facility. Our packaged Distech Controls system operates the entire facility, and is monitored real time over the internet by us and or our clients. Saving costs on service calls, as functions and set points can be remotely adjusted. This is also a crucial component for ice makers, as it enable them to manipulate ice surface temperature if not in the facility. For high visibility curling events having this flexibility this is a must.

Safety – Having our Distech Controls installed at your facility also provides safety peace of mind. Your operator would be able to see if there is an ammonia alarm present before they even enter the building.

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