Information for the MIAMA Membership
New Member in 2014
In March, RJM Construction joined MIAMA as a vendor member. As a general contractor with more than 17 years of experience in ice arenas, the RJM team has assisted with the budgeting, planning and construction of more than 20 ice arena and locker room projects, including facilities used by the NHL. We understand the specific needs of the end users and help guide clients in making effective building infrastructure, systems and material choices.
The connection of MIAMA and RJM will provide RJM a better understanding of client needs, and MIAMA members a reliable construction resource.
RJM performs as an extension of ice arena staff, analyzing all details of the project to achieve the best value. We understand the extensive planning involved in building an ice arena or adding on to the facility.
Our most recent example is the Plymouth Ice Arena, where we are providing construction management services for an expansion. Owned by the City of Plymouth, the ice arena will receive a 7,500-sq.-ft. addition to be used as a training center for hockey players of all levels.
Our team has provided traditional general contracting, design/build partnerships and construction management services to local municipalities for more than 10 years. Headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Denver and Phoenix, RJM has more than 150 specialized staff members and an approximate annual construction volume of $200 million. For more information, visit rjmconstruction.com or follow on Twitter at @rjmconstruction.
Brian Recker, Senior Vice President
Paul Kolias, Project Executive
WELCOME NEW VENDOR MEMBER - COOLGAS Featured
Coolgas, Inc. was started in 1994 as a distributor of refrigerant gases. Since our inception 20 years ago we have grown to become one of the largest refrigerant distributors in the United States today. We pride ourselves with a commitment to put customers first through our Refrigerants Made Simple philosophy.
Coolgas offers a complete selection of refrigerants and cylinder sizes to meet any application or requirement. We have a national distribution network offering local delivery and pick-up of any size cylinder to help minimize and manage inventories. Our comprehensive inventory of refrigerants (CFC’s, HCFC’s, HFC’s) includes the most widely used as well as those hard to find refrigerants.
Coolgas is also proud to be an EPA approved Refrigerant Reclaimer. Coolgas pays TOP dollar for CFC’s, HCFC’s and HFC’s. Coolgas will work with you to accomplish your objectives whether it’s a simple buyback of refrigerant or a complex refrigerant recovery job. Coolgas pays the most competitive buyback prices and you always get paid fast with
To learn more about Coolgas please contact;
Manager of Environmental Services
Manager of Environmental Services
30045 FM 2978
Magnolia, Texas 77354
R-22 Refrigerant Meetings Held
In light of information being discussed regarding the future of R22 and its impact on ice arenas MIAMA hosted three regional meetings to help educate members about the future of R22 and other refrigerant options. The meetings were held Mankato, South St. Paul and Virginia over a three day period and featured experts in the refrigeration field presenting educational material and offering an open forum for questions and answers.
There were about 125 members who attended the various sites. The largest group attended the meeting at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul.
The meetings were very informative and at the meeting in South St. Paul the group heard from a State Senator Metzen encouraging member facilities to contact their legislature to gain their support in lobbying for grant monies to help offset potential large capital investment in changing over.
The group also heard information about the future of R22 and its production phase out. There is encouraging news to help with the time line and recycling R22 is and will be available for quite some time.
For many the meeting helped gather information and create a planning process for replacement especially for older facilities whose impact will be great after using a direct R22 based refrigeration system.
The groups were very engaged and asked a lot of questions. They were very curious to all the types of refrigerants that can be used.
The message for MIAMA was to provide an opportunity for all communities that have ice arenas to become aware of the R-22 refrigerant issue that our industry will be facing in 2020 and going forward.
This forum provided members an opportunity to be educated and formulate a plan for how your facility and decision makers will tackle this issue.
MIAMA would like to thank Scott Ward, Stevens Engineering, Mark Rasmussen, Apex Arena Solutions, John Evans, Hockey Enthusiast and former lobbyist, Jared Larson and staff from Mankato, John Bachman and Staff from Virginia, Jayson Dwelle and staff from S. St. Paul for hosting the workshop.
April Monthly Board member update Featured
MONTHLY BOARD MEMBER UPDATE – JON JACKSON
With winter finally letting up, it is the sign that the Hockey Season has finally come to an end. Hopefully everyone had a successful season!
This year’s MIAMA Spring Workshop is going to be held on Tuesday May 6th at the beautiful Chaska Community Center. This year’s location should hit home for a lot of rink managers as Chaska just recently finished an R-22 Conversion in both rinks this last summer.
The spring workshop is filled with a lot great topics this year including a group session on the R-22 Phase out, breakout session on updated features of rinkfinder.com and a breakout roundtable session on generating non-ice revenues.
The R-22 phase out session will be conducted by Scott Ward of Stevens Engineering. He will be updating the membership on the mandatory phase out of R-22 refrigerant and how it will affect your facility. It will cover the overall issues of the R-22, which rinks are affected, current options available and costs associated with replacement.
The first breakout session: Updated features on Rinkfinder.com will be hosted be Travis Larson. He will be doing a walkthrough of the newly updated features on the website including a newer and easier way to upload ice for sale.
The second breakout session: Generating non-ice revenues will be a roundtable discussion to help share and generate ideas for member rinks.
Can’t wait to see everyone at the Chaska Community Center for yet another great MIAMA Spring Conference!
Board Member - Vendor Representative
2014 Annual Survey Featured
Complete this years long survey online today. Just click on ANNUAL SURVEY in the top menu and complete the survey.
This year is the long survey, please allocate some time to complete.
SURVEY DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2014. THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE SURVEY WILL GET ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED SURVEY ONCE COMPILED. SURVEYS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR $25.00 FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE.
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