Welcome to the year 2016, and the midpoint of the ASHRAE season! This year, our chapter turns 99 years old, and continues a rich tradition of ASHRAE membership.
This year we’ll also be the host of the 2016 ASHRAE Annual Conference (June 25-29). This is a challenging endeavor, and I’m thankful we have a leader like Vinny Stanec to make it a success. His committee has done tremendous work thus far, but it’s not over yet.
This month’s regular meeting is our “R in Refrigeration” theme, where we host speakers focusing on refrigeration topics. Join us on January 11th, and don’t forget that we transition to evening meetings after the new year.
Finally, Society has asked that all chapters adopt a new set of bylaws. Our current bylaws were adopted in 2004, and are out of sync with national recommendations. The board will be considering the new bylaws this month and hopefully voting to accept an approved version next month.
Happy Holidays to the St. Louis Chapter! As per tradition, we don’t hold a regular chapter meeting in December but we are hosting HRATEC on December 18th. As always, this year’s HRATEC will be full of interesting topics. The program committee is targeting 7.0 PDH credits to be available for the seminar. Reserve your spot now!
Many thanks to our November chapter meeting speakers, Jay Eldridge and Jerry Williams. We try to offer diverse technical programs of interest members of all career levels. November was a chance to revisit fundamentals for our earlier career members.
I’ll keep it short and conclude by wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season!
As is tradition with ASHRAE conferences, Society will be hosting the Welcome Party on Saturday, June 25 from 6-8pm. Following the Welcome Party, the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter is hosting an After-Party from 9pm-1am. Our Chapter wants to celebrate having so many out-of-town ASHRAE members in our hometown and put the proceeds from this event towards ASHRAE Research Promotion, so w are very excited about this opportunity! We are currently looking for sponsorships for this event.
Sessions monitors are needed for the Annual Conference June 25-29, 2016! Earn free conference registration for 4 hours of service ($395 value). The St. Louis Chapter is hosting this Society event next summer and we can use your help staffing the technical sessions. This is a great way to contribute and take advantage of the numerous educational and networking opportunities available. Morning and afternoon sessions available! Contact Chris Pelton at email@example.com or call if you have any questions 314-560-9289.
We are compiling a year-by-year Chapter History and need your help! You represent a living piece of our Chapter’s history. To complete our Chapter History, we’d like to hear your story. Please tell us about the year you served as Chapter President by completing the online form found here. Please feel free to elaborate and tell us side stories and extra tidbits – that’s what makes history interesting! Email and questions to Annie Smith, Chapter Historian at moc.rabssornull@htimsa.
Historical Archives Being Digitized
Annie Smith, our Chapter Historian, has begun digitizing our Chapter’s physical historical archives, including old CRC reports, short histories of people, companies, or systems, updates to our Chapter history, ribbons and awards, photographs, and other media. If you are interested in helping to preserve our Chapter history or to contribute historical items, please let her know at moc.rabssornull@htimsa.
This November’s meeting is dedicated to Membership Promotion. I’d first like to extend thanks to our current Membership Promotion Chair: Grant Irvine. Grant’s already doing a great job with current Chapter paid membership at 697 members as of 10/27/15. I prefer nice round numbers, like 700 (or even 800), so let’s help Grant get us past that milestone.
By promoting ASHRAE membership, you’re not just helping our chapter grow, you’re helping your friends and colleagues benefit from ASHRAE. Our St. Louis Chapter has already brought two Distinguished Lecturers to speak (including Bill Bahnfleth, a Past President of ASHRAE Society), and has much more in store for educational opportunities this season. If the educations opportunities aren’t enough, consider that our chapter meetings regularly see more than 100 attendees, including many local industry leaders. Our attendance is top-notch amongst the chapters in our region; be sure to use the networking opportunities to your advantage.
We also have another tremendous technical program ready for this meeting. We’ll have Jay Eldridge speaking on Fan Efficiency Grades, and Jerry Williams speaking on System Pressure Calculations for Proper Fan Sizing and TAB Report Correlation. I look forward to seeing you on November 9th!
Jim Rosick, Chapter President
Next Meeting Invitation
Jay Eldridge of Applied Air Systems, presents “Fan Efficiency Grades” in the Technical Session and Jerry Williams of 8760 Engineering presents “System Pressure Calculations for Proper Fan Sizing and TAB Report Correlation.” The Tech Session provides an update on the Fan Efficiency Grades (FEGs) that are included in ASHRAE 90.1-2013, mainly what they are, and how they will affect an engineer’s fan selection. The Main Session will build on the topic of maximizing fan efficiency by considering both the fan and the system it is integrated into. The presentation will include a review of the total pressure calculations needed to establish the required fan performance and selecting the correct fan from a fan industry grounded in fan static pressure ratings.
We are compiling a year-by-year Chapter History and need your help! You represent a living piece of our Chapter’s history. To complete our Chapter History, we’d like to hear your story. Please tell us about the year you served as Chapter President by completing the online form found here. Please feel free to elaborate and tell us side stories and extra tidbits – that’s what makes history interesting! Email and questions to Annie Smith, Chapter Historian at moc.rabssornull@htimsa
Society scholarship applications are due December 1st. Please encourage any undergraduates interested in the HVAC&R industry to apply. Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue a career in the HVAC&R field. The Society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R.
Would YOU like to be featured in our newsletter? St. Louis ASHRAE would like to highlight a firm in our chapter’s territory. This is a great opportunity to get the word out about what your company does and how you contribute to our local industry.
The ladies in Women in ASHRAE (WiA) met October 29th for a happy hour at Bonefish Grill in Brentwood to discuss the future of the group and where they’d like the group to go from here, as well as challenges faced as women in the HVAC&R industry. Events will be held quarterly going forward, so if you’re a woman in HVAC&R and interested in joining, let Jessica Mangler (moc.rabssornull@relgnamj) know!
The St. Louis Chapter would like to welcome the following new members! Be sure to introduce yourself to them at the next meeting!
Mauro Fraschini – McClure Engineering
Alex Oliver – Cannon Design
Jay Werner – Energy Systems Group
Keith Esarey – McClure Engineering
2017 CRC Committee Update
The CRC-2017 Committee met again and we are well ahead of schedule. We have contracted with the Hyatt Regency at the Arch to host the event. Speaker selections have just about been completed. Three “Grand Slam” sponsors have stepped up to the plate as well. We are still seeking volunteers to help with putting it all together. Contact Brian Ingenthron if you are interested in helping!
Call for Volunteers!
A number of student chapters are seeking presenters on ASHRAE-related topics for their chapters. The student branches are SIU-E, SIU-C, Missouri S&T, and the soon to be established University of Missouri. This is a great way to connect with up and coming engineering students! If you are interested, please contact the Student Activities Chair, Danny McGrail, at moc.rabssornull@liargcmd.
Thanks again to all of the past presidents who were able to attend the September meeting, and thank you so much to the membership for extending them such a warm welcome!
With over 100 attendees at the September meeting, we’re off to a great start for the season. I’m proud that our speaker for September, Sheila Hayter, commented on the strong attendance numbers our chapter enjoys. She sees many chapters on her Distinguished Lecturer visits across the nation, and is amazed to see a chapter our size get such strong attendance. Thanks to all of our active members for promoting ASHRAE to your co-workers.
We’ll continue the season in October with another Distinguished Lecturer. Don’t miss it! We’re also celebrating Research Promotion during the October meeting. I look forward to honoring the people and companies who have shown so much support for RP over the years, and to encouraging the future donors!
We are compiling a year-by-year Chapter History and need your help! You represent a living piece of our Chapter’s history. To complete our Chapter History, we’d like to hear your story. Please tell us about the year you served as Chapter President by completing the online form found here. Please feel free to elaborate and tell us side stories and extra tidbits – that’s what makes history interesting! Email any questions and completed forms to Annie Smith, Chapter Historian, at moc.rabssornull@htimsa.
Distinguished Lecturer & 2013-2014 ASHRAE Society President Bill Bahnfleth presents “The ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Program” and “Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency in Buildings.” The Tech Session covers the Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) labeling program for new and existing buildings and compares it to other building certification programs and identifies the benefits of certification. The Main Session covers the significance of indoor air quality in the face of rising concern for energy usage of buildings. Register here.
Polos for Donors!
This year the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter will offer polos to RP Donors! If repeat donors increase their 2014-2015 donation by $50 (minimum $150 donation), they will be offered a polo. First time donors will be offered a polo if they make a minimum $100 donation. Read more here.
Research Projects in Region VI
Check out what’s going on in Region VI as part of ASHRAE research! Your RP dollars are helping fund these projects and more from around the world. Donating to ASHRAE Research helps progress our industry through a reputable scientific process to make informed decisions in writing HVAC&R buildings standards. Find our more about projects in our region here.
St. Louis ASHRAE would like to highlight a firm in our chapter’s territory. This is a great opportunity to get the word out about what your company does and how you contribute to our local industry. We’d like to include a brief overview of your company and how awesome you are as a representation of the high-caliber HVAC&R companies in our area. The article will appear on our chapter website and be linked to in a future newsletter.
Requirements for inclusion:
Required to have an employee that attends meetings often
Required to be a company that is relevant to the HVAC&R industry
If you’re interested, email moc.liamgnull@ltsearhsa, refer to this article, include your contact information and we’ll be in touch!
New ASHRAE Member Announcements
The St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter would like to welcome the new members. Be sure to introduce yourself to the newcomers at the next meeting!
Kellie Pressler – CBD Engineers Architects Planners, Inc.
James Bornholdt – CBD Engineers Architects Planners, Inc.
Come hang out with YEA for our October social event. This Happy Hour is open to the entire chapter! Register here.
In celebration of the month of October, YEA will be holding a happy hour at the LEED Silver Urban Chestnut Brewery and Bierhall located in the Grove.The unique blend between modern brewery and Bavarian bierhall makes for a fantastic environment to catch up with old friends and make new connections.
Have you heard about ASHRAE’s SmartStart Program? SmartStart is a 3-year program available to student members that allows you to upgrade to Associate level at a rate that is recent-graduate friendly. Simply put, it’s the best way for ASHRAE student members to receive the many benefits of Associate grade membership after finishing college. New program prices are (for 3 years respectively): $20 (+) $73 (+) $94 = $187 for 3 years of full Associate grade ASHRAE membership! Participants must be current students. Learn more here.
Call for Volunteers!
A number student chapters are seeking presenters on ASHRAE-related topics for their chapters. The student branches are SIU-E, SIU-C, Missouri S&T, and the soon to be established University of Missouri. This is a great way to connect with up and coming engineering students! If you are interested, please contact the Student Activities Chair, Danny McGrail, at moc.rabssornull@liargcmd.
Society scholarship applications are due December 1st. Please encourage any undergraduates interested in the HVAC&R industry to apply. Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue a career in the HVAC&R field. The Society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R. More scholarship information available here.
St. Louis ASHRAE is reaching out to see if there is general interest in forming a “Women in Engineering” affinity group in St. Louis. This group’s focus will be on women supporting women currently working in industry related to the built environment.
I can’t believe September is here already. It’s time to kick off our ASHRAE season with our first official chapter meeting on 9/21, where we’ll honor our chapter’s past presidents. As always, past presidents are invited to this meeting free of charge. We’ll also present a special honor to our most recent past president, Bob Jones. For the members of our chapter in the early part of their career, I recommend introducing yourself to one of our past presidents. These folks have all demonstrated a special commitment to ASHRAE and our local industry. We’re all well served by learning from their experience.
We’re welcoming a new student chapter this fall at MU. Thanks to Danny McGrail, our current Student Activities chair, for promoting ASHRAE at MU and organizing a new chapter to help bring new talent to our region.
Make your reservation for the chapter meeting today. We have a special guest, Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., LEED AP, speaking during our meeting. As a designated lecturer, and former Vice President and Director at Large of ASHRAE at a society level, we’re privileged to hear her speak on the NREL Research Facility.
University of Missouri Student Chapter Reestablished
The Chapter has sponsored the University of Missouri’s application to reestablish its chapter. The requirements are 10 student petitioners, completion of application paperwork. We are excited for the application to be approved so that the students can begin receiving the benefits of student membership (access to scholarships, grants, and technical material).
The Chapter now has a Honors & Awards Committee! Recognizing deserving chapter members for their involvement in the local industry and in the St. Louis Chapter is a critical piece of our success. For more information about H&A, check out their page. The committee Chair is Steve Duda. If you’re interested in being involved with the Honors & Awards Committee, please email moc.liamgnull@ltsearhsa.
2015 Product Directories will be distributed at the September Chapter Meeting! If you can’t make the meeting but want a copy of the directory, email Jessica Mangler at moc.rabssornull@relgnamj. Don’t forget, the Product Directory can also be accessed online at: http://ashrae.indoxservices.com/default.aspx.
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