The EPA’s phase out of the refrigerant R-22 in the year 2020 has prompted Grand Rapids’ IRA Civic Center, as well as many other ice arenas across the state to retrofit or replace their existing cooling systems.
The Center is requesting $2.025 million in bonding funds to make improvements to the space.
The project to renovate the aging facility would include replacing a refrigeration system, replacing a dehumidification system, installing an elevator to make the facility ADA compliant, renovating the upper lobby, and constructing an addition to the east venue. IRA Civic Center officials say the undersized dehumidification system cannot handle the demands of year-round ice, and an elevator would make the facility fully accessible as currently people in wheel chairs need to go outside to move from our upper lobby to our main floor.
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