Seven new glass chalets will be put onto the Rideau Canal for the upcoming skating season in an effort to provide Ottawa residents with a source of warmth while taking a break from the winter activity, according to the Ottawa Business Journal.
The new structures will be replacing the older buildings from the 1970s, as a $5.24 million grant was awarded to build the break stations. A bid from the Thomas Fuller Construction Company was chosen over several local competitors, reported the news source.
Money for the project came from the infrastructure stimulus fund, a way for Ottawa residents to get work and for the city's collapsing buildings to receive a complete renovation out of a safety need, according to the Journal.
Each of the structures that are built will come complete with garbage and recycling stations, benches to rest on and radiant heating systems to provide the skaters with an efficient source of warmth, reported the news source.
Radiant heating systems are a way for individuals to provide heat without the need for radiators, heating ducts and air vents.