Please visit the new Parks & Recreation website for more information about the Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility
Tower Engineering Designing Virden Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility
If anybody asks you who the engineers are for the new recreational facility in Virden, be sure to tell them you have one of the best. Tower Engineering Group Limited Partnership, a Manitoba Company based in Winnipeg, was incorporated in 1997. The firm provides Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineering as well as Project Management Services. The mechanical design for the Virden Recreational Multi Purpose Facility is based off of the 2009 *Schreyer Award winning design first implemented by Tower Engineering at the South Interlake Recreation Centre located in Warren, Manitoba. Tower Engineering won this special award for the most technically innovative project. The design takes a holistic approach to the mechanical system and attempts to integrate components from Earth Science, Building Envelope, Refrigeration, HVAC, and Electrical to reduce the overall energy usage of the facility to less than half of a conventional arena system
*The Schreyer award is the highest distinction of the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Program. From the Winners of the Award of Excellence, the Schreyer is selected as the best technical project.
Virden Multi-Purpose Recreational Facility and the Environment
In the summer of 2011, Virden will boast a state-of-the-art Recreational Facility for the area. The building will have all the amenities for sporting and social events needs. Even more impressive is the way in which the building will operate to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. At the core of the system is an ammonia based commercial refrigeration plant to provide the approximately 180 tons of cooling required by the facility for both the ice surfaces as well as the air conditioning. This plant provides refrigeration for the ice surfaces during winter operations as well as cooling for the building HVAC systems during summer months. The ice plant is interconnected through heat exchanger plates with both the building heating and building cooling systems. During winter months the waste heat is recovered from the refrigeration process and can be stored in a thermal buffer, a 12 inch thick layer of granular material underneath the facility. Additional piping located in the thermal buffer can then draw on the heat stored there as needed to recycle the waste process heat back into the main facility through the in-floor heating piping.Finally, facility heat is further recycled through heat recovery ventilators to preheat incoming makeup air prior to being exhausted, ensuring that the waste heat created by the required refrigeration plant is utilized as fully as possible before being vented to the atmosphere.In summer months, when there is no demand for refrigeration from the ice surfaces, the same refrigeration plant is used to provide cooling that can be stored in the thermal buffer. Once again, this stored cooling energy can be drawn on demand from the thermal buffer to provide cooling to the interior spaces as required. Waste heat produced as a result of the air conditioning/cooling loads is intended to be pumped from the facility to a heat exchange plate located in the existing pool mechanical room. This heat can then be used to replace a percentage of the natural gas currently being used to heat the pool water. Preliminary estimates indicate that up to 25% of the heating provided by the current natural gas boilers can be replaced with reclaimed heat from the Virden Recreational Multi Purpose Facility mechanical system.