Arena’s & Curling Clubs

Prairie HVAC/R has designed our packaged ENVIRO FREEZE® artificial ice plant to be a low charge system.  Requiring far less refrigerant than traditional designs.  In addition, ENVIRO FREEZE® takes conventional chiller benefits and marries them to a heat recovery component.  Our system design is based on the need for a highly efficient low maintenance facility that complies with LEED specifications.  With added expertise in dehumidification, we ensure delivering an environment for optimal ice conditions.

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

With our RINK LINK® controls system, we provide remote access to a variety of system functions and set points.  Allowing our users to monitor and control environmental and ice conditions from anywhere with a WIFI signal.  Much like the home and away feature on your house thermostat, RINK LINK® reduces operating costs and utility bills.  Remote controls access facilitates off site troubleshooting and mitigates service call travel time.  RINK LINK® sends out email alarms if something fails with your mechanical system, ensuring you are notified long before your ice ever melts.  RINK LINK® is expandable and can be integrated into your current building controls.

For arena and curling club floors Prairie HVAC/R has perfected our ENVIRO FLOOR®.  Using high density pipe and fusion welded joints with no clamps and a buried header.  Eliminating the need for a high maintenance header trench.  This makes for a long-lasting reliable floor system that will last indefinitely.  Our custom undersurface buffer maintains ice temperature longer and reduces energy consumption.  We balance the flow through each circuit using a reverse return system which creates a consistent surface with no soft spots.  We will engineer, supply and install a full floor system including concrete, piping and boards for a turnkey system.

Prairie HVAC/R is a trailblazer on front lines of refrigerant conversions.  In 2019 we are proud to have designed, built and installed Manitoba’s first HFO refrigerant ice plant system at Notre Dame Arena in Winnipeg.  This was only the second HFO refrigerant ice plant implemented in North America.  We have extensive expertise with all types of mechanical systems including Ammonia, Freon, CO2 and Geothermal.

Why It’s Better On Our Ice

Reduced Operating Costs 

Our ENVIRO FREEZE® 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 ENVIRO FLOOR® provides pristine ice conditions even during extended tournament schedules regardless of demand.  We balance the flow through each circuit using a reverse return system which creates a consistent surface with no soft spots.  We can provide a solution that delivers quality ice 12 months a year.



RINK LINK® is a remote controls system that can be fully integrated for facility environmental control and real time WIFI monitoring by us and or our clients.  Functions and set points can be remotely adjusted, enabling operators to manipulate ice surface and environment temperature if not in the facility.  For high visibility hockey, curling or figure skating events having this flexibility is a must.



Having our RINK LINK® remote controls system installed at your facility also provides peace of mind.  Your operator would receive a refrigerant leak alarm email and understand the situation before they even enter the building.  Safety is paramount to us and we take it very seriously.

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