Ice rink suing firm for repairs

Glacier Ice Arena’s owners told their attorneys to prepare a lawsuit aimed at forcing repair to the refrigeration system of the popular rink.

The Koos family closed the Glacier, 2515 Riverside Parkway, last June after it became clear that continued operations would cause irreparable damage.

Seven months into negotiations and discussions with the installer and its insurer, the Koos family has given up hope that the arena can be repaired short of court action against Pace Industrial, the Canadian company that installed the refrigeration system.

“We’ve instructed our attorneys to get the paperwork together” to file suit in Colorado against Canada-based Pace Industrial, Robbie Koos said.

Pace Industrial, a division of Gateway Mechanical Services Inc., did not return calls for comment this week.

Robbie Koos said in August there was a sliver of hope that the ice arena might reopen this winter when the family learned Pace Industrial had assigned the complaint to its insurance carrier.

The Koos family found itself arguing with the insurer over responsibility for the refrigeration system instead of arranging to get the work done, Robbie Koos said.

The case is clear-cut, she said, adding, “This is a construction defect, not a warranty problem.”

The Koos family has until now declined to identify the company that installed the refrigeration system, but Robbie Koos said there was no longer any point in trying to protect the company.

In closing the 4-year-old Glacier, the Koos family said repairs to keep the system operational through the summer would have cost about $450,000, and a complete repair would run about $800,000.

Alan Koos said at the time that the owners didn’t want to try any repair work on their own, fearing it could jeopardize any claim against the installer.

Pace Industrial failed to put a rust inhibitor into the refrigeration system, leading to damage to the system from the inside, the Koos family said.


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