CALMAC Founder Posthumously Awarded

August 23, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

FAIR LAWN, N.J. - CALMAC founder Calvin MacCracken was recently posthumously awarded the Frank J. Zamboni Award by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI). An avid inventor, MacCracken was recognized for the development of an array of products aiding ice arenas across the globe, including his IceMat® Ice Rink floors, which create perfectly uniform ice with dramatic reduction in pumping power. The Frank J. Zamboni Award honors individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions in engineering and/or technological advancements in the sport of ice skating or the operation of ice skating facilities.

Introducing the award at ISI’s Annual Ice Arena Conference was Peter Martell, ISI executive director. During his presentation, Martell specifically mentioned the number of patents MacCracken was granted over the years and his wide range of innovations - from the roller hot dog grill to hospital K-pads.

“Mr. MacCracken’s patented Alumazorb® Low Emissivity Ceiling dramatically reduces the energy consumption needed to maintain an ice surface and is heralded as ‘one of the most important advancements in the last 50 years,’ ” Martell said.

“My father was passionate about innovation and had over 80 U.S. patents in his 50 years at CALMAC. I was there the day he discovered the effects of ceiling radiation on indoor ice rinks, which ultimately led to the invention of the Low-E ceiling,” said Mark MacCracken, CEO of CALMAC. “The next time you are in an indoor ice rink, look above the ice surface. If you don’t see a shiny aluminum surface, the rink is wasting large amounts of energy and money.”

Recent ASHRAE research on the topic of energy usage in indoor ice arenas confirmed Calvin MacCracken’s discovery that radiation makes up over 40 percent of the refrigeration loads in ice rinks that haven’t addressed ceiling emissivity.

Publication date: 08/23/2010

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

More Podcasts


NEWS 01-26-15 cover

2015 January 26

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Regional Standards

With regional standards for a/c equipment going into effect in 2015, how do you think it will impact the industry?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con