Tennity Ice Pavilion revamps cooling system after ice melt in April

first_img Published on October 11, 2016 at 11:24 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse ice hockey head coach Paul Flanagan said having no ice didn’t affect his team. Tennity Ice Pavilion’s associate director for operations, Kelly Johnson, also said it didn’t affect much. The facility was due for a new ice system in three to four years anyway. But a malfunction on April 1 forced it to come sooner.With a month and a half still remaining in the spring semester, 1,000 pounds of R22 refrigerant leaked, Johnson said. In order to comply with recent health regulations, R22 has increased in price.“When we’re sleeping at night, that machine’s working,” Johnson said, “and it does it all year long and sometimes they break down.”Syracuse University had to make a decision: fix the refrigerant leak or overhaul a system that would be needed to be fixed in a couple of years.Syracuse chose to re-do Tennity’s entire cooling system rather than simply fix the refrigerant leak. The facility is run by SU’s department of recreation services and had to close over the summer when it’s usually open for eight hours a day, compared to 12 hours during the rest of the year. The new permanent system, though, is expected to last for 20 years and was fully installed Oct. 5. The Orange’s Division I ice hockey team began its regular season at home Sept. 30. Tennity had operated with a temporary ice-making system.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn April, the ice melted and it took all summer to replace it. With an Aug. 1 deadline of when ice needed to be restored for a hockey camp and the beginning of fall skating sessions, Tennity used a temporary chiller, which sat on a flatbed truck behind the building. The temporary chiller produced ice at an even colder temperature than Tennity’s previous 17-year-old system.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo Editor“I would be safe to say that if they didn’t see the temporary chiller in the back parking lot and they were just to go out on the ice,” Johnson said, “they wouldn’t know the difference.”Inside, a new full-blown system was installed. Parts made by different companies were bought intentionally. The chiller was made by Carrier Corp., the evaporative cooler was made by Baltimore Aircoil Co. and the pumps were made by Bell and Gossett. If there’s another malfunction down the line, it’s easier, cheaper and faster to replace individual parts than a whole system, Johnson said.In 1999, Syracuse used a single company for all of the parts. When SU had to fix the problems caused by the refrigerant leak in April, it was more difficult to fix.“It’s not like replacing one small thing,” Johnson said.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThough the university doesn’t release how much it cost, project manager for design and construction Jason Plumpton said it was on par with what he expected.Implementing the new system would have taken less time had all of the equipment been ordered in advance. Plumpton and Johnson scrambled to get the parts, however, because of the malfunction.Without ice over the summer, Johnson came up with other projects for his staff to work on. Flooring surrounding the two rinks, benches, dasher boards and showerheads in locker rooms were all replaced. SU implemented infrared lights above the main rink to detect when the ice temperature becomes too hot. When the lights sense that, they send a message to start the cooling system, something that will help create an optimal surface at the beginning of each period during hockey games.Johnson had already planned on shutting down the rink for three weeks over the summer to re-do the flooring. It had to be shut down for a couple months, but now he has a system that can last for 20 years.“You never want to displace your users,” Johnson said. “There was some bad to it but on a whole, it was the best time to happen.”Lucy Naland | Senior Design EditorThe only effect it had on Syracuse’s ice hockey team was the last two weeks of offseason practices in the spring. The Orange is allowed to practice until April 15, so Flanagan lost the last two weeks. Instead of spending the time on the ice, SU spent it in the weight room. When the team reconvened in the fall, it was able to use the rink because of the temporary machine.Other schools, such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, have their players stay on campus over the summer. Though coaches aren’t allowed to work with players after April 15, the athletes can still interact with trainers and hold unofficial practices on their own. But those schools are able to fund the players taking extra classes and being on campus.“We can’t ever do that here,” Flanagan said, because of financials.The Orange’s next home game will come Oct. 21. After 187 days without a fully-working permanent ice system, it will mark SU’s first game with it.And the only noticeable difference might just be the extra space in the parking lot behind the facility. Commentslast_img read more

BULLETIN — DUSTIN HONKEN EXECUTED

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, INDIANA — Nearly 16 years after being convicted, and almost 27 years after the crimes were committed, a north-central Iowa drug kingpin has become the first Iowa defendant in over five decades to be executed.52-year-old Dustin Honken of Britt was convicted in 2004 of murder while engaged in drug trafficking, witness tampering, and soliciting the murder of a witness in connection with the 1993 murders of 34-year-old Greg Nicholson, 32-year-old Terry DeGeus, 31-year-old Lori Duncan and Duncan’s two children, 10-year-old Kandace and six-year-old Amber. Their five bodies were found buried in a field southwest of Mason City in the fall of 2000.The execution was carried out at the federal prison in Terre Haute Indiana, where two other executions were held earlier this week after a 17-year hiatus of federal executions.Honken was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m., the Bureau of Prisons said. Honken was one of the Midwest’s early large-scale producers of methamphetamine and was originally sentenced in 1997 to a 27-year term for making and distributing drugs.Honken’s girlfriend Angela Johnson was also convicted in connection with the murders and was sentenced to death, but her punishment was reduced to life in prison in 2014.Earlier today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals denied Honken’s latest motion for a stay of execution pending appeal. It’s possible that Honken’s attorneys will appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and then finally to the United States Supreme Court.Honken is the first Iowa defendant to be put to death since 1963. The state of Iowa abolished the death penalty in 1965, but federal prosecutors successfully sought to execute Honken for killing government informants and children.=== The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa Peter Deegan issued a statement to KGLO News prior to today’s execution.“As Attorney General Barr has stated, Congress and Presidents from both parties have authorized the death penalty for the most heinous crimes, and the crimes of Dustin Honken are no exception. Honken has received the thorough, fair and due process afforded by the American criminal justice system, and now we owe it to the victims that he receive just punishment for his terrible crimes against them.” The Associated Press contributed to this reportlast_img read more