Authority approves $870G contract for new ice rink at Mohegan Sun Arena
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have the best record in the American Hockey League right now.
It’s good news for local hockey fans, but a prolonged postseason could delay work scheduled for the team’s home.
Luzerne County Convention Center Authority board members approved a $869,900 bid from St. Paul, Minnesota, firm Total Mechanical Services to replace the ice rink at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this summer. One other company, CIMCO Refrigeration of Mobile, Alabama, also bid on the project.
The start date on the work is unclear because a long drive into the playoffs and home games into June could dictate the work schedule.
The construction will take about nine weeks.
Some board members called it a best-case, worstcase scenario — a long playoff run from a team hunting for the Calder Cup, but a delay to needed work.
At meetings last year, the board discussed the problems with the ice rink.
Design and construction flaws led to problems like temperature variations on the ice surface and leaks in the pipes under the ice.
Employees at the arena had plugged about a dozen leaks as of the July 2016 meeting.
The board paid $35,552 for repairs to the ice rink last year. Those temporarily fixed the issue while the Penguins completed their season and the board looked for a permanent solution.
Now, the board has a contractor, and will prepare for a schedule that could leave little to chance.
Luzerne County Convention Center Authority approved an $869,900 bid for a new ice rink at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township.