North and Center Rink Renovation Updates
May 14: Crew working on shaving off the ice and logos from the South Rink. Glass is out but boards are still in place
May 11: Drilling continued taking place
May 10: Drilling took place with removal of boards and glass
May 9: Surveyed the rink and marked spots for drilling which will begin tomorrow.
May 8: Ice is coming out! After this is all cleaned up, the heavy machinery comes in to start cutting out the slab
May 7: We are starting to cut the ice down. After the sheet is soft enough, we bring in the bobcats to chunk out the slab and get down to concrete.
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE PROJECT
SAN JOSE, CA – Sharks Ice LLC and the City of San José announced today that beginning this May and continuing through August, the Center and North Rinks at Solar4America Ice at San Jose will undergo major renovations to replace and upgrade the original ice making equipment and dasher board systems originally installed on both rinks in 1993 when the facility first opened. The new equipment will be a more energy efficient system that is commonly installed in newly-constructed ice facilities and will also be more consistent with the City of San José’s Climate Smart San Jose, a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to energy and mobility (transportation) and ensure a long-term water supply. The San José City Council unanimously approved the plan on Feb. 27, 2018.
During the renovation, Solar4America Ice at San Jose will remain open and will continue to offer the same diverse programming that it currently offers to its customers including class lesson series, public skating sessions and its birthday party program. To keep the youth and adult hockey leagues operational during the summer months, much of the programming usually found on the North and Center Rinks will be reallocated to the South and East Rinks which will also remain open during the renovation and, when possible, Solar4America at Fremont. Stanley’s Sports Bar will also remain open.
Upgrades to the Center and North rinks will include replacement of the existing direct R-22 system to two smaller, indirect systems which provide better temperature control and more redundancy. Additionally, both rinks will have the refrigeration pumps, heat exchangers, and cooling towers replaced and the snow melt pit infrastructure upgraded to newer and more efficient technology. Both rink floors will be demolished and reconstructed to include warm loop piping, insulation, cold loop piping, new header mains, transmission mains, and will receive a concrete finish that will improve efficiency. A new dasher system will also be installed with integrated kick plates, a soft cap system, and new check flex boards.
“Solar4America Ice at San Jose continues to be an amazing success story for San José. As the largest public ice facility west of the Mississippi, each year Solar4America Ice attracts prominent national and international figure skating, ice hockey, and curling events and tournaments to the area, attracting visitors from all over the world to downtown San Jose, filling hotel rooms and restaurants in the process,” said Jon Gustafson (@SHARKSICEGM), Vice President of Solar4America Ice at San Jose. “Solar4America Ice is a world-class facility. In order to maintain its success and to preserve it as a fantastic community center and gathering place for fun and safe recreation for the entire community, these upgrades are necessary.”
Renovation upgrades will also include the expansion of the scorekeeper’s boxes and penalty box areas, expansion of player benches with the addition of new rubber flooring, new LED sports lighting on select rinks, expansion of the team store, upgrades to the concession stand, and a relocation and upgrade of the main guest service reception counter.