A $341,000 project will install new, energy efficient ceilings at the state-owned Reilly Memorial ice skating rink in the Cleveland Circle section of Brighton, officials announced this week.
The project will also include building two team rooms at the facility and constructing a partition between the rink and lobby areas, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The new ceilings, known as low-emissivity or Low-E ceilings, will reduce the rink’s carbon footprint and energy costs while improving ice conditions and creating clearer acoustics, officials said.
The rink’s current ceilings generate a significant amount of heat that the refrigeration system of the rink must compensate for, officials said. The Low-E ceilings feature additional insulation and a polished aluminum surface to reduce radiant heat emanating from the ceiling.
The new ceilings will lower the rink’s refrigeration utility bill by between 25 and 40 percent, officials said.
“Reilly rink is a major asset to the young people in our community,” said a statement from State Representative Kevin Honan. “I could not be more pleased with the governor’s investment in the rink – the renovations and Low-E ceiling will be a major upgrade and will continue to put Allston-Brighton on the cutting edge of green technologies.”
"This is a continuation of the financial commitment that this administration and the legislature has to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Reilly rink and pool,” added a statement from State Representative Michael Moran. “These types of investments make a difference in the quality of life of the residents of Allston and Brighton."