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$2.45 million Casper Ice Arena project sees added costs, time

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council authorized a $2.452 million contract to replace the ice chiller system at the Casper Ice Arena on Jan. 21. Haass Construction Co. was awarded the contract.

The council initially set aside $109,500 for contingency costs associated with the project. During their Tuesday, July 7 meeting the council authorized the eighth change order to the project.

The ice chiller system is being replaced with failure of the Casper Ice Arena’s ice plant “imminent.” The project involves reusing a ice chiller previously dedicated to the Casper Events Center, constructing a building to host the ice plant and work to install the ice system.

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The change order authorized by the council on Tuesday is for added labor and materials costs with unanticipated work to remove “subgrade soils” necessary. City staff say that soils were tested on June 8 and “failed to meet the proper compaction to structurally support the new concrete floor and subfloor chilling system.”

The change order adds $35,375 to the cost of the project to allow for the removal of 18 inches of subgrade soils which will be replaced with “structural geofabric and suitable soil materials.” The change order also authorizes a three week time extension for the project to be completed.

B32 Engineers are under contract with the city for design and construction administration services and, like city staff, recommended the approval of the change order with Haass, according to the city.

With the change order, work is expected to be complete by Nov. 6. Contingency funding which remains after the approval of the eighth change order amounts to $11,687.15.

The Casper Ice Arena’s old ice plant is 35 years old which the city says is about 5-10 years past its life cycle. City staff say the equipment from the Events Center is expected to be capable of facilitating a second sheet of ice at the Casper Ice Arena in the future.

The Casper Ice Arena’s old ice plant system utilizes R-22 Freon to operate. When the council was considering approval of the project in January, Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cortez said in a memo that needing to use any more Freon to keep the system running could lead to a situation in which the Ice Arena would “exceed what is permissible by the Environmental Protection Agency.”

If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.