Toronto, Ontario - De La Salle College “Oaklands” in Toronto is among schools worldwide that welcomed students back to class with special COVID-19 protocols. The centuries-old private school for Grades 5-12 — it dates back to 1851 — is utilizing ice rink conversion covers to add extra space to the renowned campus.
Throughout the school year, the ice surface in the almost 16,000-sq.-ft. rink will be protected by Terracover Ice® arena flooring. Divider curtains are being used to partition the space into three sections, transforming the custom-fitted rink into additional cafeteria, activity, and classroom areas. The ice rink flooring’s non-slip surface overlaps to present a finished flooring surface, and superior thermal insulation ensures that the cold stays in the ice below. In fact, the ice conversion’s high R value can save on energy costs by allowing arenas to turn up the temperature on the ice plant without impacting the rink’s integrity.
While typically the process for purchasing an Ice Cover System can take some time from first contact, through decision making to system delivery and installation, COVID-19 demanded a much quicker time frame. To allow for the school opening in September, Covermaster® was able to deliver and install the entire system by mid-August, which was only two months from the point of initial inquiry. The panels are simple to put in place and lock, and just as easy to unlock and remove, typically taking eight people about an hour to complete the job.
The sand-based rink is also popular outside of the school, attracting professional teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs who have used the venue for practices.
Posted September 22, 2020