EPCOR Scores an Assist on the ICE District
Score EPCOR with a big assist on this one.
The new LEED Silver-standard Rogers Place will be the stunning centrepiece of an invigorated downtown. Everyone involved – from the City of Edmonton and the Oilers Entertainment Group to builders PCL Constructors and contractors such as EPCOR - are being careful to plan the finest details to achieve an exciting atmosphere in the new Ice District.
On the planning table, the underground electrical vaults that provide vital power connections to the facility needed change. First, the street-level metals covers were a slipping hazard near public entrances, so the vaults had to be moved. Then, the vaults just didn't match the intended look or feel of the Ice District, because each vault came with a green, upright box off to one side, which houses electrical controls. Those just didn't fit in an entertainment area, designed for the future and thousands of visitors at a time.
So while safer locations were being chosen, the arena ownership group gave EPCOR planners a direct challenge: get rid of those green boxes.
The EPCOR team dug deep, coming up with a remote system for operation, which eliminated the green box. Now, the vaults have a small, covered opening, where the operator can plug in a handheld device.
The remote system has proven so successful that EPCOR is now installing more of them at other downtown locations.