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Goal! Aquatherm Scores At New WHL Arena

Mosaic Place Arena, HVAC and Domestic Water
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Moose Jaw, SKN
Spring 2011

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Polypropylene pipe weighs up to 80% less than comparably sized metal pipes, offering easier installation
  • The improved flow rate results in energy savings
  • The simple heat fusion process saved time on labor and helped meet the completion date

The Challenge

A tight deadline required quick and easy installation on a large scale with LEED certification as a goal.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s light weight helped speed the installation and the product’s eco-friendly benefits were also well received.

The recently opened Mosaic Place is a multi-purpose arena in Moose Jaw, SK, and home to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Also known as the Moose Jaw Multiplex, the 3-story, 19,509 m², multi-use facility features a 4,500-seat sports bowl, a large curling facility, and other amenities.

Projects of this scale always pose a challenge, especially when built to rigorous standards. Operated by the Mosaic Company and designed with LEED silver certification in mind, the arena was built to represent Moose Jaw with a world-class facility.

The entire project required special attention to detail, and many options were considered for the piping. It was determined that Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pressure pipe would be the material of choice for the domestic water and HVAC distribution throughout the arena.

GML Mechanical Ltd., a mid-size, full-service contractor located in Delta, BC, partnered with Ventana Construction Corp. as the design build plumbing and mechanical contractor on the job, while Sterling Cooper & Associates served as the mechanical engineer.

“We’ve worked with Aquatherm for the last four years, and have done several projects in Vancouver, so when this project came up and involved 8- and 10-inch pipe for the condenser water/glycol loop, we decided to use Aquatherm,” said GML Project Manager Hermann Koechl.