Fort William Gardens retrofit will reduce energy consumption

Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, ON has received more than $2.3 million from the federal government and the City of Thunder Bay for a retrofit designed to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save energy.

The iconic facility was built in 1951 and is used for skating, hockey, curling events, concerts and cultural events.

The extensive retrofit includes:

  • Replacing dressing rooms and washroom fixtures.
  • Swapping the roof, doors, and windows with energy efficient models.
  • Redesigning the ice-making process to store the heat produced so it can be used to heat the building and melt excess snow from cleaning the ice rink.
  • Upgrading the ventilation systems in the building offices to improve air quality.
  • Replacing the cooling tower and condensing unit with one that is more reliable and energy efficient.
  • Retrofitting the ticket window, entrance, concession area, and counter space to make it more accessible.

The upgrades are expected to reduce energy consumption by approximately 29.4 per cent and GHG emissions by 164 tonnes per year.

Federal funding for the project comes through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program.

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