New Brunswick

Fredericton's new Grant-Harvey Centre has ice problems

The City of Fredericton has had to move its summer ice programs out of the new Grant-Harvey Centre due to mechanical problems.

City staff trying to determine if mechanical issues at $29M facility will be covered by warranty

Fredericton's newest arena has run into some mechanical problems and that has forced last-minute changes to summer recreation programs in the city.

Scott Brown, the property services manager in the city, said there is a problem with the geo-thermal unit used to make ice at the Grant-Harvey Centre, which opened last fall.

The city had planned to open a summer ice surface at the sports complex, but had to do some quick shuffling instead, using the city's other arena on the northside, said Brown.

"We were going to have our summer programming, which is ball hockey, inline skating and roller derby at Willie O'Ree [Place]," Brown said.

"So all we've done is move the off-ice programs to Grant-Harvey and then we're putting ice in at Willie O'Ree to accommodate our ice users, as of July 2."

City staff are currently working with contractors to determine whether the repairs will be covered by warranties, he said.

"Our technical staff were chasing this issue down," said Brown.

"We don't know all the details yet, although it will probably be likely a combination of a warranty covered by the general contractor, a warranty with the subcontractor and could be an insurance claim as well."

The $29.35-million facility was constructed by Foulem Construction Ltee., of Caraquet.

It features an Olympic-size ice surface with 500 seats for spectators and an NHL-size ice surface with 1,500 seats.

The City of Fredericton, federal and provincial governments all contributed to the cost of the project.

Willie O'Ree Place features two NHL-sized ice surfaces.