Cloverdale Arena is getting a new freezing unit.
City council passed a corporate report to approve the purchase of a new chiller and condenser at their meeting June 13.
The report, submitted by Parks and Rec. GM Laurie Cavan, recommended council approve the removal and replacement of the ammonia chiller and the ammonia condenser at a cost of more than $500K.
The Parks & Rec. department asked council to “award contract no. 1220-040-2022-026 to Fraser Valley Refrigeration Ltd. in the amount of $506,280 … for the removal and replacement of the ammonia chiller and the ammonia condenser at the Cloverdale Arena,” the report said.
According to the report, the rink was built in 1972 and “has since been well maintained structurally and mechanically. Once the upgrade is complete, it is anticipated that this facility will serve the community for approximately 15 years or more.”
The report also mentioned the new Cloverdale Sport & Ice Complex going in on the north side of the Fairgrounds. The new complex will add two ice sheets to the Cloverdale community.
“It is anticipated there will be sufficient demand to allow both facilities to operate concurrently.”
The contract covers removal of the current chiller and condenser and installation of the new system.
There were two bids for the project. One from Fraser Valley Refrigeration (FVR) at $506,280 and another from CIMCO Toromont Industries (CTI) at $473,796.
“This RFQ process yielded fewer submissions than average because there are only two companies that typically do this type of work in the lower mainland,” the corporate report said. “The City’s consultant advised that these quotations were consistent with industry pricing.”
The evaluation team from Parks and Rec., the Finance Department, and a refrigeration engineer consultant picked the more than $30K higher quote because it included an option to install a larger condenser.
“While FVR’s price is approximately 6.8 per cent higher than CTI’s, the benefits of a larger chiller and condenser with a cooling loop, including operating cost savings during periods of high loads and greater energy efficiency leading to less wear and tear and longer useful life of the compressors, outweigh the increased up-front cost,” the report noted.
According to the report, funding for the new chiller will be paid out of the already approved 2022 Parks, Recreation & Culture Capital Budget.