25 April 2024

SOFIAC and the RA Centre collaborate on a new major decarbonization and energy efficiency project in Ottawa

SOFIAC is pleased to announce that it will support the RA Centre (RA) in an ambitious and transformational decarbonization, and energy savings project. The RA is an 83-year-old not-for-profit organization that operates a 150,000 sq. ft, 40-acre multi-sport, and recreation facility, located in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to numerous sports, recreation, fitness and social activities and programs, the RA facility also incorporates the House of Sport, an unparalleled, cost-efficient, collaborative workspace for numerous provincial and national sports organizations, as well as several world-class health and wellness clinics. The RA continues to advance its mission to lead a diverse and innovative network of stakeholders committed to the pursuit of health and wellness through fitness, and sport while serving an all-inclusive demographic in the local Ottawa as well as the broader Canadian sports community.

This project will transform several decades of legacy energy equipment by providing a brand-new modern heating plant, renewed and upgraded heating distribution, complete conversion to low energy lighting and full integration with a state-of-the-art building automation system to centrally control all equipment and optimize energy consumption in all corners of the RA’s extensive facility.

The total project is about 4.7M$ and will reduce the carbon footprint of the RA facility by 40%. The project is designed and implemented by Siemens Canada, in partnership with SOFIAC. The investment is expected to be recovered solely from the generated energy savings.

“The project allows the RA to continue its longstanding contribution to the local Ottawa and broader Canadian sports and fitness community, in a cost-effective manner while also contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas. In addition to repaying the financing, the RA will be able to reinvest any energy savings back into direct programming of sports, fitness and health strengthening the communities it serves.” – Mario Giamberardino, Chief Financial Officer

RA Management and its Board are proud to be improving our community and building for our future by working with experienced, and innovative, world-class teams at SOFIAC and Siemens Canada, the energy services company (ESCO). The RA is very thankful for its association with the highly skilled and experienced professionals at SOFIAC and Siemens who have come together as a team to design, finance, install and monitor an innovative energy solution which will revitalize the RA’s long-standing, location to be a climate resilient facility, with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, and lower operating costs; as the RA continues its mission in providing excellent recreation, fitness, and sport leadership, strengthening the community for many years to come.


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