Snow-and-ice-melting systems offer clear benefits for commercial property owners. They reduce maintenance costs for snow removal and minimize liability by reducing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. But today’s engineers are getting even more creative, using radiant snow-melting systems in brand-new applications, Kim Bliss writes in PM Engineer. For instance, Klamm Mechanical installed a snow-and-ice-melting system in the concrete platforms of a Northstar Line commuter rail station in Ramsey, Minnesota, to ensure the safety of commuters. And the Steamboat Springs School District in Colorado keeps kids playing outside year-round with a hydronic radiant system in the playgrounds of Strawberry Park Elementary and Soda Creek Elementary, keeping surfaces safe and dry. The system uses its own gas boiler with hydronic lines that circulate through the concrete to warm it and melt the snow and ice, Pascal Ginesta, director of maintenance, operations, and transportation for the school district, told Bliss.
Hydronic snow-melting systems aren’t an option just where natural gas is available. In more remote applications, like the Jay Peak Resort in northern Vermont, propane boilers can fuel extensive snow-melting systems cleanly, efficiently, and affordably.