Facility Forum - Spring 2016 - (Page 39)

MEMBER PROFILE Duncan Sanders, CiT, RRFA manager recreation operations, city of london What is one of your most memorable career-related experiences? One of my first supervisor responsibilities was to help start up a newly renovated facility. It was a major renovation with the replacement of the ice pads and the refrigeration plant. The entire front end of the building was done during the summer months. I remember the push to get the project completed and the contractor saying it would be finished on time. The construction ran late and we had to install the ice while the contractor was still completing the facility. It was tough for staff to work in a construction site but they did an excellent job installing the ice and we opened on time. Opening day, the facility was only 90 per cent completed and I remember getting insurance claims for people getting paint on their coats! In hindsight, we should have delayed opening the facility until it was 100 per cent finished. Presently, we are planning on building a new double pad ice rink with a YMCA and library, due for opening in 2018. I have shared the plans with staff and have received a lot of feedback on the best things to incorporate into the facility. The facility will be built with many of the latest energy-saving ideas like building automation systems and refrigeration variable frequency drives. This has been the most interesting and exciting part of my job; to be part of a group that influences the design process in order to best suit our patrons. My experience as an operator allows me to contribute to the facility's design so that it's functional from an operator's point of view. Every facility is a new work of art from the architect's perspective, however, it has to be functional for operators and patrons. What would you describe as some of the most significant workplace and/or industry challenges you have faced over the past five years? Staff play a pivotal role in energy conservation. Saving energy helps the environment and reduces our carbon footprint and our costs to run the facilities. Arena staff have control over the schedules of the refrigeration compressors and the building automation systems. We set up an energy challenge for our staff at our 11 arenas to raise awareness about the facilities energy usage. The challenge was for staff to save energy as much as possible while staying within our guidelines for maintaining our arenas. We asked our staff for their energy conservation ideas and where they thought we could save energy. The challenge ran from September to April. Energy consumption (electricity, natural gas, water) was tallied monthly per arena and was compared to the previous year's consumption. The arena with the largest total percentage of reduced energy consumption won the contest. All staff at the winning arena won a day's vacation. The vacation days were donated from the recreation managers' personal vacation time. Staff had fun with this challenge! Some operators were found maintaining ice in the dark with only the Zamboni headlights on. How has your involvement with the ORFA affected your career? ORFA courses have given me a lot of in-depth knowledge to draw from, Facility Forum | 39

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2016

CAO’s Message
Industry Watch
Rink on the Roof
ORFA Professional Development Pillars
A World without Grass
Asset Management for Public Facilities
Risk Management
Modernization of Safe Food and Water Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Health & Safety
An Amazing Transformation
Member Profile
Hockey Injury Lawsuit Dismissed
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

Facility Forum - Spring 2016