B.C. Chapter Tours Curling Facility
Some 70 ASHRAE members got a first-hand look at the mechanics that supports a game known as “chess on ice” as part of their chapter’s November meeting.
The British Columbia Chapter toured an Olympic curling venue at the Hillcrest Community Centre, which is a legacy venue of the 2012 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The event was arranged by Refrigeration Committee chair Mark Szilard and hosted at the Vancouver Curling Club. A special guest was Kevin Marple, Region XI director and regional chair.
Architect Stuart Rothnie and Eric Bradley, refrigeration consultant for the project, both gave presentations, which were then followed by a tour of the ammonia plant and mechanical systems.
Norm Grusnick, chapter historian, explains: curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice toward a target area which is segmented into four rings. It is similar to shuffleboard but on ice. Two teams of four, take turns sliding heavy polished granite stones from end to end. The target area is a series of circles drawn on the ice and scoring is done by closest to the centre. The granite rocks are influenced in their path by two sweepers with brooms to assist in the sliding action. A great deal of strategy goes into the placement of each stone, thus game’s nickname is “chess on ice.”
He notes that curling originated in medieval Scotland in the 1500s.