East Hants Sportsplex


East Hants Sportsplex


Location: Lantz, Nova Scotia

Client: East Hants Arena Association

Architect: Sperry & Partners

Certifications: N/A

Size: 82,000 sq. ft.

Project Budget: N/A

This project involved the major renovation and addition to the existing 48,500 sq. ft. facility which housed one ice surface.  The addition included a second ice surface as well as a community centre/multi-purpose area and additional dressing rooms.  The addition also includes a soccer dome (air supported structure).

M&R Engineering was responsible for mechanical design including HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection, electrical design including Lighting, Power, Communications and Security and energy modelling for utility incentives.

Key Facts: 

  • A low-emissivity ceiling was installed to reduce loads on the ice plant.
  • The existing building used electric heating which was replaced by an integrated ice plant heat recovery system and an oil-fired boiler plant for supplemental heat.  After the sportsplex is heated, excess heat is used in the soccer dome.
  • The existing lighting in all areas other than the ice sheet was upgraded (the lighting for the existing ice sheet was recently upgraded).  
  • Service hot water for ice making and domestic hot water are preheated by waste heat from the ice plant.
  • New heat recovery ventilators provide fresh air to the dressing rooms and air handling units.
  • Variable Speed drives are installed on circulation pumps to save electricity and provide greater control. 
  • Occupancy sensors are installed to reduce lighting power when rooms are unoccupied. 
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