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Lighting upgrade approved for Innovation Credit Union iPlex arena

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An upgrade of the lights over the ice floor surface at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex will ensure that the facility will meet future lighting requirements of the Western Hockey League (WHL).


Councillors approved the lighting tender at a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, May 7.
The City received two proposals for the supply and installation of light emitting diode (LED) lighting. The tender was awarded to the lower bid by Riverside Electric of $193,641.86 plus GST. Council also approved an additional amount of $85,000 plus GST for the supply and installation of coloured and programmable lighting options and for the replacement of spectator lighting.
General Manager for Community Services Dean Robson said the City will use excess funds from last year's project to replace the main arena ice floor slab at the iPlex. The budget for that project was $2.5 million, but after the completion of the work an amount of approximately $300,000 remained unspent.
Excess funds from projects will usually be reallocated to other projects within City divisions, but in this case council approved a recommendation by administration to redirect the funds back to the i-Plex to address future upgrading needs.
“Where we were lucky was that we could keep that money that was left, over 300 grand, and put it back into the iPlex, knowing that it was going to save us later,” he said. “So we're pretty fortunate.”
An important benefit of the LED lighting upgrade is that the iPlex will exceed current lighting requirements for WHL games.
“We're clicking off that WHL requirements that a lot of bigger centres haven't even touched yet,” he said.
The LED lights will replace the existing metal halide lamps and fixtures over the ice floor surface in anticipation of future changes to the WHL lighting requirements.
“When we put them in, they were probably around 100 foot-candles, and that's right now the WHL requirement,” he said “Everything gets ramped up a little bit, especially with all the feeds and TV's. So the WHL would be looking for about 160 foot-candles over the next few years, and just like the NHL boards we put in when we had the opportunity to do the slab, we want to get ahead of the game too. So we want to get our foot-candles way up and meet those requirements. Anything that we can do, we're going to. We're going to try to meet them early to the best of our ability.”
The installation of the LED lights will reduce the number of lights over the ice floor surface from 84 to 44 and Robson is expecting an energy saving of about 20 per cent.
“Lots of energy efficiencies, but now we have the opportunity to add in a little bit of colour and a little bit of glitter on some of the areas where it draws your eye to the goalie or whoever is coming out,” he said.
The Community Services division developed the lighting replacement plan in consultation with City Light and Power, based on information from lighting consultations and other WHL facilities.
Additional lighting options were considered after the closing date for the tender, which resulted in the allocation of a separate amount of $85,000 for these options.
The coloured and programmable lighting will be installed at key areas over the ice floor to increase spectator experience during hockey games or other events. The cost of these lights will be $60,000 and the Swift Current Broncos agreed to contribute 60 per cent ($36,000) of this expense.
The cost of the spectator lighting replacement will be $25,000 and the City will fund this amount in full. These lights will not have a high foot-candle rating and will mainly be used during maintenance of the stands.
The work to upgrade and install the different lights at the iPlex will be carried out during the summer.

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