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Testimonials of building managers on conditions for refrigeration project success
Michel Allard, City Councillor, City of Victoriaville:
The ideal time for a project of this scale is at the construction. If you are in the construction phase of an arena, I think it is best to get on board with the new technology right away. It is a project that has to be carefully planned. You have to be well informed of the advantages. There can also be disadvantages, but most are advantages. When you want to improve a refrigeration system, you have to take time; not to be afraid of meetings, to really analyse the costs. You win out by improving a system like that.
Marc Carrière, Mayor, Val-des-Monts:
I think the first of all it takes is will power. You need a community that is ready to take charge, to stand behind the decision makers. Then, you need to get started and not look back; push ahead, find the best solution and stay focused on your objective. We had the feeling that we were a pilot project, but I had no problem with that. I was very comfortable with that. I think there are people specialists in the field who come to us with different technologies, new, avant-garde technologies, so we have to be avant-garde ourselves and have an open mind. We had financial help and technical aid with follow-ups, so we were very comfortable with this technology.
Lorna Rosen, City Manager, City of Fort Saskatchewan:
I think the first ingredient is actually awareness of the options that are available to you in constructing a facility like this. Absolutely essential is competent counsellors who understand the technology that they are proposing to you and can work with you; because each application, I would say, is going to have some elements that are unique to it and to the program that is being delivered in the facility. So, it is important to have somebody who is willing to work with you, to optimize the impact of such systems within your own applications. And so, having good people who are willing to think outside the box is absolutely essential in incorporating something like this.