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Thermos Newsletter – January 2017

Save the Date for CRC!

Join us on our 100th Anniversary for the 2017 Chapter Regional Conference in St. Louis!

  • When: 4/20-22/2017
  • Where: Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis – secure by March 23rd!
  • Hotel Reservation information on the ASHRAE-STL website
  • Registration details to be posted soon!
  • Social Event: 100 Years RP After Party – details to be announced!
Letter from the President

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday Season and enjoyed a little time off with your family.  Perhaps you enjoyed a little too much and now you need some time off FROM your family!!!

It’s the time of the year where we switch up our meeting time so don’t forget we will now be meeting in the evenings.  Yes we are going to hand out two drink tickets to everyone again this year at the meetings.  Speaking of meetings a big shout out to Grant Irvine our Programs Chair on a great first half of the year.  We have had lots of positive feedback on the speakers and our attendance has been over 100 attendees consistently at the meetings.

Don’t forget the Annual Winter Meeting and Expo is coming up at the end of the month in LAS VEGAS which is always a good time.  I hope to see many familiar faces there.  I want to take care of some official business really quick.  Jim Rosick – the board has received and reviewed your request and I must inform you that the BOG has determined that we will not be reimbursing you for front row tickets and back stage passes to the Britney Spears concert.  While we appreciate all you have done for the chapter we just don’t feel this is a proper use of chapter funds!!!

CRC 2017 is just around the corner and Brian Ingenthron and his committee are in full swing making sure all the parts and pieces are in place to make this a successful event.  Stay tuned for additional updates on CRC 2017.

I am happy to announce that Zach Melber will be taking over the duties as the Student Activities chair.  As mentioned in our last chapter meeting our previous chair Danny McGrail has accepted a new position in Kansas City.  We thank Danny and wish him nothing but the best!

Chris Swallow – Chapter President

Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Honors & Awards Committee Starts Off Strong in 2017

The St. Louis Chapter has nominated one of its members, Danny Halel, for the ASHRAE Standards Achievement Award.  This award recognizes… read more here.

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Technology Awards

It’s that time of year to start thinking about submitting a project for the 2017 Technology Awards.  Projects can be submitted for the following building types:  Commercial, Institutional, Health Care, Industrial, Public Assembly, or Residential.  The project can be a new construction, existing building retrofit, or retro-commissioning.

The requirements are simple:  you must be an ASHRAE member to submit and projects need to be substantially complete but do not need to be in operation for 1 year (though that will be required to compete past the Chapter level).  Projects are then judged on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, cost effectiveness, operation and maintenance, and environmental impact.

All information regarding these awards can be found at: https://www.ashrae.org/membership–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program-overview

The Chapter Level application (short form) which describes what information needs to be submitted can be found at:  https://www.ashrae.org/membership–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program

This year’s deadline will be Friday, March 3rd.  Please reach out to Chad Adler at 314-812-4537 or chad.b.adler@jci.com for more information or to submit a project.

Board Member Highlight: Zach Melber

Zach Melber

Welcome to the New Members!
  • William Andrew Faust
  • Jordan Brodnax
  • Jimmy Gericke
  • James Watson
  • Margaret Bailey
See you in Las Vegas!

Region VI and V Dinner

  • When: Sunday, Jan 29th at 6:30pm (cash bar)
  • Cost: $55/person
  • Where: TREVI Italian Restaurant at 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Register with John Rieke (john.rieke@benham.com)

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Thank you for coming!

Many thank to Paul Stewart, Director of Sales and Marketing for Desert Aire Corp., for presenting at our technical and main sessions at our January meeting.

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 Industry News

Honors & Awards Committee Starts Off Strong in 2017

The St. Louis Chapter has nominated one of its members, Danny Halel, for the ASHRAE Standards Achievement Award.  This award recognizes excellence in volunteer service for developing ASHRAE Standards and/or Guidelines.  It is a competitive award, meaning that only one winner is chosen among all nominees, so let’s keep our collective fingers crossed!  Danny Halel is a very active volunteer in the Society, having served over 14 years on Standard 15 (one of ASHRAE’s flagship Standards), whose 2016 edition was published this past year.  He is now Secretary for Standard 15 as it is being totally re-organized in format and re-written to incorporate Class 2L refrigerants.  He also currently serves on SSPC 147 as its Chair, a Standard on release of halogenated refrigerants, which is of exceptional importance in combating global climate change.  In his own words, Danny does this work for the betterment of the industry without regard to personal or employer agenda.  He believes that as we help the industry we help all who operate within it.

The St. Louis Chapter has also recently nominated one of its members to become an ASHRAE Fellow (name remains confidential until acted upon by the ASHRAE Board of Directors).  Fellow status recognizes distinction in the arts relating to the sciences of HVAC&R, or the allied arts and sciences, or in the teaching of major courses in HVAC, or who by reason of invention, research, teaching, design, original work, or as an engineering executive on projects of unusual or important scope, has made substantial contributions to the industry, and has been in good standing as a full grade Member for at least ten (10) years.  The St. Louis Chapter has only two living Fellow Members; an oversight which the Honors & Awards Chair (Steve Duda) intends to rectify over the next few years.  Send recommendations for ASHRAE Fellow to sduda@rossbar.com for consideration.

Honors & Awards Chair, Stephen Duda
Honors & Awards Chair, Stephen Duda

Board Member Highlight: Zach Melber

Zach is our new Student Activities Chair – welcome to the Board!

Zach Melber
Zach Melber, Student Activities Chair
  1. Name: Zach Melber
  2. Company and Position: Behrmann Company – Sales Engineer
  3. What does your company do/provide? Manufacturer’s representative that provides solutions through a broad range of exceptional equipment for basic to complex HVAC systems. For over 60 years, Behrmann Company has provided solutions to contractors, engineers, universities, hospitals, and other institutions.
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? I have worked in the industry and at Behrmann Company for a year.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? I took a HVAC class at Missouri S&T which I enjoyed and decided to pursue a career in the HVAC field.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? My main job function is to consult with owners, engineers, and mechanical contractors to provide an efficient and cost effective building design.  Also, I’m responsible for providing service for the equipment Behrmann Company provides to my clients.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? My biggest challenge is earning trust from engineers with limited experience in the industry.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? Constantly learning about new technology to increase building efficiency.
  9. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? Student Activities Chair
  10. What is your responsibility on the Board? Meet with ASHRAE advisors at SIUE, SIUC, UMC, MS&T and promote the ASHRAE scholarships.
  11. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? Learn more about the industry and where it is heading as well as networking.
  12. Do you have a favorite sport or team? I played football at S&T so football is my favorite sport.  The St. Louis Cardinals are my favorite team though.
  13. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? I enjoy various genres of music but my favorite is probably country.
  14. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? I really like to be outdoors and active.  My favorite things to do for fun are playing sports, snowboarding, hunting, and boating.
  15. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? Hawaii for two weeks.
  16. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? Travel around the world to see unique places.  Also, golf and hunt at various locations around the world.

Thermos Newsletter – December 2016

Next Meeting Announcement

‘R’ in ASHRAE

  • Date: December 5th, 2016
  • Location: Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Rd. in St. Louis, MO 63146

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking
  • 10:45am-11:45am Tech Session: “Refrigerant Safety – Inside and Outside the Machinery Room”
  • 11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session: “Understanding safety relief systems”

Featuring Douglas T. Reindl, Ph.D., PE, Professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Douglas is a professor in the Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition, he is the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) at the UW.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Joshua Chandler
  • Ryan Goewert
  • Brian Lohe – Burns & McDonnell
  • Sean Fruin – KAI
  • John Schilling – Renewaire, LLC
  • James Lablance – BRiC Partnership
  • Zach Melber – Behrmann Company
  • Matt Callaway – Hunter Engineering
  • Carly Little
  • Bruce Levitt – Etegra, Inc.
  • Marco Antonio Tamayo – Victaulic
Thanks for coming!

Thank you to everyone who attended HRATEC and the October meeting – see you at the next one!

Save the Date!

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
Job Posting: Mechanical Engineer at Belleville, Illinois office

BRiC Partnership, is a vibrant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology engineering firm with offices in Bellville, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Kirkwood, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. We serve a variety of clients in the educational, healthcare, governmental and commercial markets.

Required:

  • 3+ years experience
  • BS in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Ability to work independently on assignments under guidance of senior staff
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit design software
  • Experience with Trane Trace load calculation software and energy analysis programs for LEED

Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects from schematic design through construction
  • Load calculations
  • Layout and sizing of systems
  • Specification editing
  • Coordination with architects and owners
  • Shop drawing review
  • Verification of existing site conditions (including documentation of systems above ceilings, on roofs, etc.)

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. E/O/E. Contact:  jpluff@bricpartnership.com

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Read more about Chad – our Technology Awards Chair!

Chad Adler
Industry News

Pittsburgh to implement new ordinance requiring public reporting of energy efficiency, water usage

Mayor de Blasio Signs Package of Green Buildings Legislation to Spur Retrofits to Help Buildings Become More Energy Efficient

Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulations

ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

One World Trade Center achieves LEED Gold certification

Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

Cooltech Applications is Partnering with Carrefour

China is losing its appetite for coal-fired power plants

ASHRAE Congratulates U.S. House Members On Passage Of Career And Technical Education Legislation

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Chad is our Technology Awards Chair – read more about him below!

Chad Adler
Chad Adler
  1. Name: Chad Adler
  2. Company and Position: Johnson Controls, Account Executive
  3. What does your company do/provide? Building automation systems and HVAC equipment
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? 8 years in the industry and all with Johnson Controls.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? I graduated in 2008 with a degree in industrial engineering with a focus on manufacturing and we all remember how manufacturing was doing in 2008. I started looking into technical sales positions and I found Johnson Controls.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? I sell control systems for construction projects. I am responsible for take offs, estimates, budgets, and making sure my customers’ needs are met with my product line.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? Time! It’s good to be busy but with a 16 month little girl at home I spend as much time as I can with her when I get home and find time for work when she’s asleep.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? I like seeing the diverse range of projects my company is involved with. We do work for universities, labs, hospitals, office buildings, government, and so on. I’ve worked on new hospitals/towers, a nuclear reactor, a prison, waste water treatment plants, research laboratories, and one of the largest geothermal projects in the area. There’s always something I haven’t seen before.
  9. What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? While you can be really busy sometimes, you can also be really slow at other times. The slow times are tough when people really need work.
  10. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I’ve been a member for 8 years and have been involved with the Technology Awards for 5 of those years. I also helped start the Young Engineers of ASHRAE group for our chapter.
  11. What is your responsibility on the Board? I take care of the annual Technology Awards for our chapter. These are the awards presented in April along with scholarships. It’s never too early to send me your projects for this year’s awards!
  12. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? Find the people at your company who have LOTS of experience and listen to what they have to say. These would be the old people at your office, like my boss, and are a terrific source of information.
  13. What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE? Consulting engineers have a tough gig – they have to know too much about too many different subjects.
  14. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.) Since I wasn’t a mechanical or electrical engineer, I thought ASHRAE would provide a good avenue for learning more about HVAC.
  15. Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life (does not have to be in ASHRAE or in your professional career). Tell me about how they influenced you. Not one, but two people. My dad taught me how to treat people with respect and my mom taught me the importance of being honest and doing things the right way.
  16. Do you have a favorite sport or team? St Louis Cardinals. They win a world series about once per decade. Some other teams only do it a little less than twice per century. You’ve got some work to do Cubs.
  17. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? 90s alternative
  18. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? Anything with the wife and kid away from work is a good time for me.
  19. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? I haven’t been able to travel much but the wife and I went to Mexico for our honeymoon and climbed up the ruins of a Mayan temple. I’m not sure you can do that anymore.
  20. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? I would love to travel. Whether that’s touring some baseball stadiums around the US or seeing Europe, I would just like to see some other cities/countries.