Cole Harbour Place, the Home of Sidney Crosby, is a state-of-the-art multi-use facility located in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. Built in 1988 with the intention of encouraging a healthy and athletic lifestyle, Cole Harbour Place has since become a focal point of the local community. The facility consists of an aquatics complex, squash courts, a fitness centre, and two ice skating rinks. The larger skating rink which can seat a 1000 spectators was due for repair in 2018.
Ice rink slabs present a tough challenge to contractors: they have to be built to very tight flatness specifications–any deviations to flatness in the concrete will reflect on the surface, making it
dangerous for skaters. Moreover, the concrete used has to be compatible with air-entrained concrete.
Bird Construction, the General Contracting Company associated with the project, was in search of a concrete hardening solution that could be used in freeze-thaw conditions and would provide superior abrasion and erosion resistance to the ice surface.
Arrow Construction, Kryton’s Distributor in Nova Scotia, recommended using Hard-Cem, an integral hardening admixture, to harden the concrete beneath the ice slab. Hard-Cem is added to
the concrete mix at the time of batching, and provides resistance to wear from both abrasion and erosion. Because it is integral to the concrete, Hard-Cem provides uniform, full-depth hardening to the entire surface. Hard-Cem also extends wear lfe by 6x and is the only concrete hardening admixture that works with air-entrained concrete.
A total of 482 ft2 (300 m3) of Hard-Cem concrete was used for the concrete slab below the ice surface as well as the shoulder areas. By choosing Hard-Cem as their durability solution, Cole Harbour Place will save on maintenance costs for the rink while providing a safer, long-lasting and functional rink to the local community for many years to come.
Hard-Cem is an Integral Hardening Admixture used to increase Abrasion and Erosion resistance of concrete. Hard-Cem is added to the concrete at the time of batching to increase the hardness of the concrete and extend concrete wear life. It outperforms and overcomes deficiencies of labor intensive surface applied hardeners, and is used to enhance durability...