Category Archives: Education

January Chapter Meeting

Date: TUESDAY January 22, 2019

Location: Spazio Westport 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146



4:15 PM– 4:45 PM Registration & Networking
4:45 PM – 5:35 PM Technical Session
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and Main Session

Tech Session: Design-Build and the Standard of Care

Main Session: Design-Build for Green Buildings-Integrated Delivery of and Integrated Idea

Design – Build and the Standard of Care
Under which Standard? Under whose Care?

As design-build achieves a broader footprint both geographically and by project type, not only are more projects going that way, but there are more ways for that way to go.  In this mix is the shifting sands upon which the “custom and practice” of the industry is based – the Standard of Care.  The profession, in fact all professions, that operate under a Standard of Care recognize that what was standard at one time can be archaic and outmoded in another.  This program will look at one example of a project within the context of a changing standard and some of the issues those changes can create.

Design – Green Design-Build  

There are two prime objectives that have long existed in the AEC industry that are now rapidly converging – the desire for “better buildings” and the desire that projects be ‘done better’.   “Green Buildings”, or sustainable and environmentally sensitive design and construction, is a project objective – it is what we ‘want’ when we are ‘done’.  In order to get there, we need to improve communication and coordination across the project team to better integrate design, construction and operational decisions and solutions so that systems and building perform more efficiently. Design-Build is a project execution strategy that looks to save time and money by integrating the design and construction processes under one umbrella. Both objectives depend upon increased communication and collaboration between construction and design. This program looks at some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of the design-build execution strategy as it relates to green building performance objectives

  1. Mitchell Swann, PE, LEED AP
    Principal and Partner at MDC Systems – a risk management and forensic engineering consultancy based in Philadelphia and serving clients throughout the US and globally.Mitchell’s career includes over 30 years in the analysis, evaluation and design of complex systems across a wide range of industries and buildings types including commercial, institutional and industrial facilities with a special focus on high-tech and critical facilities.

He is Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Energy Authority; a member of the Board of Directors for “Green Buildings United” (formerly The Delaware Valley Green Building Council) and on the Board of Directors of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia as well as a former President of the Club.

He has chaired and been an active member of numerous ASHRAE technical committees including:

Member – TC 1.7 – General Legal and Business Education

Member – TC 2.8 – Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Member – TC 7.1 – Integrated Building Design

Member – TC 7.2 – Design\Build Contractors and Execution

Member – TC 9.11 – Cleanrooms and Clean Spaces (Cleanrooms); former 2 term Chair 1998 – 2003

He is a member of International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and was a contributing author to the 1st Editions of Baseline Design Guides for Bulk Pharmaceutical Chemicals (or APIs) and  Oral Solid Dosage Form Facilities.

He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) – Construction Forum.

And he was President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

He is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally and an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer since 2006.  He is a regular presenter on Green Building and Sustainability issues, Design – Build Project Execution, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Energy Efficiency and has conducted programs in the UAE, India, Pakistan and Vietnam as well as New York, Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

He is also a contributing author to the ASHRAE “Green Guide – The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings” and co-author of the ASHRAE Survival Guide to Design|Build Project Execution and the Cleanrooms Chapter of the ASHRAE Applications Handbook and the Cleanroom Design Guide.

December 2018 HRATEC Seminar – 8 PDHs

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018

TOPIC: IBC/IMC/IEC 2018 and Applying Sustainable and Energy Conscience Design Practices to meet these Codes.

Location: The Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, 4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA



7:30AM – 8:15 AM Hot Breakfast Buffet

8:15AM – 9:15 AM Jessica Deem – Changes in IBC, IRC, and Residential Ventilation 2018

9:15AM – 9:45AM Allison Johnson – 2030 Initiative, HOK Energy Tracking Methods, Effects of 2018 code adoption

9:45AM – 10:00AM BREAK

10:00AM – 11:30AM  Tom Lawrence – Hi Performance Building Design- What the Future Holds for Our Industry

11:30AM – 12:30PM Lunch Buffet

12:30PM – 2:00PM  Tom Lawrence – ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the International Green Construction Code

2:00PM – 2:15PM  BREAK

2:15PM – 3:45PM  Doug Miller – STL City Building Dept on IMC/IEC 2018 and Code Implementation

4:00PM – 5:00PM  Social


Tom Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., University of Georgia College of Engineering – Driftmier Engineering Center

ASHRAE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer, UGA Student Chapter Advisor Director at Large 2016-2109, Mechanical Engineering Program Lead

Allison Johnson, Project Architect, HOK

Jessica Deem VIRESCENT, NCARB /// LEED AP BD+C, Virescent

Jessica Deem is a licensed architect and owner of Virescent, a design firm specializing in sustainably-minded historic renovations and contemporary new construction. Jessica is a native St. Louisan and city dweller. Prior to moving back to St. Louis, Jessica worked as a sustainable building consultant in Zürich, Switzerland where she secured the certification for the first LEED Platinum building in Switzerland.

Doug Miller, Mechanical Inspection Supervisor, City Of STL Planning Dept

PE Refresher Course

Professional Engineer Refresher Course

These review courses are geared toward helping participants pass the Professional Engineer (P.E.) license exam. Spring classes will be held in the fields of:

Civil- Water Resources, Geotechnical; Transportation, Construction, Structural; Mechanical-Mechanical Systems/Materials, Hydraulics & Fluids, Energy & Power Systems, HVAC/Refrigeration; and Electrical-Power

Course fee includes a three-ring binder, lecture notes, certificate of completion, and CEUs.

It is recommended that participants purchase their discipline’s desk reference manual prior to the first class. Desk reference manuals can be obtained by going to the following website:


Classes are scheduled to meet on the following Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. – noon:

Jan. 26 , Feb. 02 , Feb. 09 , Feb. 16 , Feb. 23 , Mar. 02 , Mar. 09 , Mar. 23 (for Civil and/or make-up) , No class on March 16

Report to Room 201 of the Humanities Building (HUM) on the campus of St. Charles Community College. Park in the Yellow Lot. Class dates and times are subject to change.

DEADLINE: January 25, 2019

Register by mail, online, or phone (flyer)

Course content inquiries should be directed to

Lisa Cheng, PE (314) 425-8335 or ,


MSPE & SAME Members …………….. $550


Non-Members …………………………….. $650

Proceeds of the course go toward the MSPE Scholarship Fund.