John W. Danforth Company

First Niagara Center Dehumidification Improvements

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Owner: Hockey WNY LLC
Danforth’s Role: Design & Build Contractor
Contract Value: $2,283,500
Date Completed: September 2011

Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY


Buffalo Sabres Ice Rink Dehumidification Improvements

Danforth was awarded an energy efficiency project to be performed at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

The project was also completed to improve ice conditions for the players. In order to do this, Danforth added dehumidification to three of the facility’s existing air handling units. These specially designed units by Munters, are able to provide a dew point below 40˚F during game time, keeping the ice surface fresh for a longer period of time.

Danforth then replaced three existing vortex fans with energy efficient fan walls and Variable Frequency Drives. To further improve efficiency, Danforth upgraded the existing controls and provided a new sequence of operations.

Furthermore, in order to reduce air flow across the ice, Danforth reconfigured the existing supply air diffusers that discharge conditioned air into the Arena.

Once the improvements and upgrades were completed by Danforth, the Sabres organization received a $196,550 incentive from National Grid as a result of 1,011,681 KWH energy savings.


First Niagara Center Dehumidification Improvements Project Case Study (389 KB)

First Niagara Center Dehumidification Improvements Project Case Study (389 KB)

This case study outlines work done at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo, New York, showcasing Danforth’s expertise in Ice Surface renovation with a focus on energy efficiency.

First Niagara Center Dehumidification Improvements Project Case Study (389 KB)