When it comes to delivering a dependable ice system, design is key. From planning and consultation to design, and construction administration, VBFA provides a record of proven results with our experienced and award-winning ice refrigeration engineers at VBFA.
Utah Refrigeration Engineers
Reliable Ice Systems for Optimal Performance
Your rink or recreational facility’s ice system is composed of several complex and integrative parts. The design and engineering of this system is critical to the efficiency, performance, and longevity of your facility, so finding the right engineering team will be the most important decision you make. Ice refrigeration is a niche area of mechanical engineering, which means finding ice refrigeration engineers can be difficult — and finding those who excel in this field is even more challenging.
At VBFA, our ice refrigeration engineers are leaders in their field, having worked on prestigious projects involving Olympic facilities as well as top community and competitive arenas from the Intermountain West to the East Coast. When it comes to refrigeration engineers you can count on, VBFA’s legacy speaks for itself.
Read on to learn more about the ice and refrigeration services our team offers.
Why Organizations Around the Country Seek Out Our Industry Experts
Those looking for large-scale ice refrigeration systems turn to us, and as a result, we find our work takes us to different areas of the country all the time. Here are just a few reasons our clients return to us again and again:
Understanding of Specialized Systems
Our team designs and implements the most technologically advanced refrigeration systems that offer greater energy efficiency and the convenience of 24/7 digital control. No matter what your needs are, we know how to deliver an ice system that will meet them.
Unique Service Offering
Our understanding of these complex refrigeration systems is something not many engineering firms offer. Because of our rare yet critical skill set, we travel to wherever your project takes us, from Idaho to New York.
We push ourselves to find creative ways to stretch your budget without ever compromising on quality. Your investment is important to us, and we work to make each dollar count.
Our team has worked in the industry for decades, and has engineered ice refrigeration systems for rinks that have hosted international Olympic competitions. Over the years, we’ve applied the lessons we learned from our most prestigious projects to help us make each new facility that much more reliable and efficiently designed.
Our Ice Refrigeration Engineering Services
As a unique branch of mechanical engineering, ice refrigeration engineering includes many different services related to refrigeration and ammonia systems, such as:
- Digital system controls (and integrations for overall building operations)
- Analysis & problem-solving for existing refrigeration systems and ice rinks
- Energy-efficient engineering standards and understanding of sustainable refrigeration practices
- Feasibility studies
- Ice system design
- Refrigeration pump systems
- Evaporative condensers
- Ammonia refrigeration systems
- Brine secondary loops
- Glycol secondary loops
- Project commissioning
What Our Clients Have to Say
Lewis (Wong) can easily communicate to clients and is very knowledgeable about electrical engineering. He is always willing to brainstorm creative ways to meet budgets and schedules on projects. He is considerate of the client’s budget and works hard to make the project successful.
– Stacy Hamm, UVU
The creation of a healing environment excels when there is an integrated team to push boundaries and challenge everyone to strive to do better. Since 2000 I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Jeff on nearly a dozen such healing environments in Utah. Jeff has proven to be an instrumental leader and collaborator in the creation of environments that reflect the community in which they serve and stand the test of time.
– Todd Tierney, HDR
For many years VBFA has been a vital part of Intermountain Healthcare’s design team. Their rich experience combined with an expert’s eye for engineering detail have helped deliver state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in the communities we serve throughout Utah. When challenges arise, as they inevitably do in large and complex projects, VBFA has been instrumental in helping us find and resolve the causes.
– John Ellis, Intermountain Health
VBFA was chosen for the job because of their reputation for excellent service and quality work. Throughout the project, from concept through construction documents and final punch, I was quite satisfied with our decision to work with VBFA.
– Florence Hawkinson
I appreciate the engineering skills of Jeff Watkins and David Baranowski and their VBFA teams and their ability to provide constant and timely input to the design and construction team. Precision engineering expertise and systems were both critical to the success of our project and the team delivered.
– Russ L. Bachmeier, AIA
One of the most remarkable features in the building (Syracuse High School) is the geothermal heating and cooling systems. This is one of the largest projects that has used the thermal mass of the earth to heat and cool the building. This is a very efficient system that results in significant energy savings.
– Dennis Forbush, Hogan and Associates
VBFA was a very important team member, of a very successful design of one of the most uniquely designed theatres in the world…They helped to provide a constant “actor” in every play, which is the building and its systems that in so many ways participate in every production.
– Lyle Beecher, AIA
VBFA provided insightful, practical, creative, and responsible design to each of their disciplines from concept phases through construction documents, always in support of our architectural design objectives.
– Stephen Dayton
I personally appreciate VBFA’s expertise and teamwork. For twenty-five years this team has been my first choice mechanical consultant, and they have continued to push the envelope of what is possible in mechanical systems design.
– Jeanne Jackson, VCBO Architecture
Jeff (Watkins) has always been a very technically sound and trained engineer and has been an amazing partner in helping us solve some very complicated projects and situations. His attention to detail and knowledge of our buildings and their systems is crucial to the success of treating thousands of patients safely and effectively.
– Jerry North, U Health
Jake (Beck) demonstrates skill levels in engineering, problem solving, and interpersonal relationships generally evident in engineers with many more years’ experience. We recently worked together on two Net Zero Energy fire stations for Salt Lake City. These award-winning fire stations are the first two Net Zero Energy fire stations in the United States, and we are proud of that accomplishment and thankful for Jake’s role in our success.
– Brian Backe, AIA
Jared (Smith) is an integral and invaluable component of the design/construction team. His ability to visualize and address complex mechanical issues/assessments/solutions in an expeditious manner has proven his capabilities beyond his years.
– Gary Lukaszewski, HDR
Scot (Muir) is knowledgeable, efficient, and trustworthy in his design and management of his mechanical engineering team. He has always met timeline schedules, been respectful of budget constraints while providing innovative mechanical designs and is an eager participant during value engineering or problem solving if needed.
– Mike Vela, AIA
Energy costs are monitored very closely by the Davis School District. Money saved in energy costs goes directly back into the classroom. At the same time, school buildings must be comfortable for student learning to be at its peak. Wade Bennion has been very successful balancing between comfort and energy efficiency. He is an integral team member with the District. Due to Wade’s leadership, the District regularly uses, with great success, several innovative HVAC systems such as, ground source heat pumps, thermal air displacement, and indirect evaporative cooling in many buildings.
– Bryan Turner, FAIA
VBFCx took their responsibility as Owner’s Representative to heart. We were kept in the loop through the whole process and their persistent communication with the entire team is key to the success of the project today.
– Weston Weeks, Davis School District
You can and should choose a commissioning team based on evidence of performance, and I whole-heartedly recommend VBFCx. I’ve had the good fortune to work with them on projects with significant size, scope, and complexity, projects like Adobe Phase II and the Rehabilitation Hospital at the University of Utah, and their constant and proactive presence contributes to our success.
– Ron Keller, Okland Construction