The National Sports Center was given $475,000 in asset preservation funding for roof repair on the Schwan Super Rink. This funding was also set aside by the State of Minnesota for a new energy-efficient LED lighting system. The Sports Hall is 24 years old and is in need of new lights and roof repairs. Both of these projects have been in the works all fall. Here's a look at what's happening at NSC.
All Elements, Inc. was hired to complete the roof repair and has done so. The final steps were completed recently and the roof has received repairs, along with the gutter system receiving repairs. This is a very important and necessary part of the improvements to the facility.
The lighting is next and 549 new lighting fixtures were delivered to the facility in September. Over 250 of these fixtures will be installed inside the Sports Hall, while the rest will be sued for exterior lighting in parking lots and around the buildings. Many of the old metal haide lights will be replaced with new LED lights.
These new energy-efficient lights are a huge upgrade for NSC. Since the facility uses so much energy, it can make a difference with the new lights.
Without the new lights NSC was using about 1.23 million kilowatt hours of energy every year. With the new LED lights, this will be cut nearly in half to 602,020 kilowatt hours of energy yearly. This energy savings is equivalent to the energy used by nearly 40 homes yearly or over 1,000 barrels of oil.
Officials expect the investment in new LED lighting to pay the facility back in energy savings over the next three years. The state has shown they have a huge interest in keeping the NSC facility in the best condition possible. Other expected improvements will also include energy-efficient products.