March 3/11/2013 Student Night

Registration Notes
When registering, you must press submit and then complete the form to the point where you hit “confirm.” If you do not receive an email confirmation, we do not have a record of you registering for the meeting.

Please plan to attend our Student Night meeting on 3/11/2013.

Spazio Westport
12031 Lackland Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63146

Tentative Schedule:

4:15pm-4:45pm Registration
4:45pm-5:35pm Tech Session

Fan Efficiency Grades
Overview of AMCA 205-2012:  Energy Efficiency Classifications for Fans History of Development Integration into the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Integration into ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings Future Code and Standard Integration

6:00pm-6:15pm Scholarship Awards

6:15pm-7:15pm Dinner and Main Session

What is AMCA International, Inc.?
History of AMCA

AMCA Certified Ratings Program
What an AMCA Certified Product Provides for a Specifier and an End User

AMCA Standards

U.S. Department of Energy’s Announcement of Intention to Regulate the Fan Industry



Vic Colwell is a 1977 graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.  He has spent his entire career in the HVAC industry.  Vic joined ASHRAE in 1982 and has been a strong supporter and active participant of AMCA since 1993.  He has served on AMCA’s Marketing Committee, Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Investment Taskforce and Executive Committee.  He has been on AMCA’s Board of Directors since 2004 and held the positions of Director at Large, Treasurer and Vice President.  Vic has been the President of AMCA International since 2011.

Vic and his high school sweetheart Candy, have been married since 1975.  They have two grown children and four grandchildren.


Chesterfield Mechanical Designer Nominated as ASHRAE New Face of Engineering

News issued by ASHRAE:

ATLANTA – Jeremy Smedley is one of the 20 nominees received by ASHRAE for the New Faces of Engineering recognition program.
The program, part of National Engineers Week (NEW) and co-sponsored by ASHRAE, promotes the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on public welfare. The program targets those age 30 and younger. The top nominee from each engineering society represented on the NEW committee will appear in a full-page ad in USA Today during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23, 2013.

ASHRAE created the New Faces program in 2003, when it served as lead society for National Engineers Week.

Smedley is a mechanical designer, Vestal Corp., Chesterfield, Mo.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Missouri (Rolla) University of Science and Technology.
Smedley worked as a process engineer, designing and repairing process systems in a company’s mixing department. He then worked in production management leading a production team to make household product production more effective. After joining Vestal, he worked on designing a replacement deaerator and its surrounding low pressure steam system. His current projects include designing a replacement variable air volume system for an existing building and a geothermal plant with a variable air volume air handling system for a new industrial factory.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

Illinois Geothermal Conference – Collinsville, IL 3/11-13

Register today for the Illinois Geothermal Conference in Collinsville, IL on March 11-13. For complete information, visit and click on the conference registration info button.



Engineers qualify for continuing education credits at the 2013 Illinois Geothermal Conference, March 11-13 in Collinsville


Be in Collinsville for the Illinois Geothermal Conference on March 11-13, 2013. There is a tremendous Engineer/Architect track of training at the conference — and continuing education credits forms will be distributed for credits for all participants.

This year’s attendees will have a chance to win a new iPad.That’s the registration prize that will be given at this year’s conference.

The Gateway Center at Collinsville is the location for this year’s conference. Early bird registration ($125 for members and $200 for non members) is available until March 1. Your registration can be free again this year …. Illinois residents just need to complete the Workforce Development paperwork and get approved for funding to receive a $125 rebate for the conference registration.

The Early Bird registration deadline is March 1.

A block of rooms is available at the Doubletree Hotel, next door to the Gateway Center, until February 22.  

You’ll find all the links and information for the conference at  Just click this link and then click on either of the RED conference links on the home page.

We have a great conference lined up this year, starting with a pre-conference seminar for utility personnel on Monday, March 11.  The cost of this seminar is $30.  You’ll find a registration form for this separate pre-conference seminar along with conference registration information at

During the conference itself we’ll have everything from fusion training to case studies of geothermal conversions in historic buildings.  There will be sessions on geothermal financing, new residential energy codes, troubleshooting and geothermal radiant heat applications.  Right now we’re working on about 30 different breakout training sessions at this year’s conference.

The GAOI accreditation exams will be given at the conclusion of the conference on Wednesday, March 13.  Send your geo installers and service technicians to this year’s show and communicate that your firm is GREAT and one of the top geothermal firms in our state.

Attending the show this year might be FREE! We have accessed a Workforce Development grant again this year to underwrite the cost for GAOI member-organizations to send their people to the training at the conference. An early-bird, member registration is $125. The Workforce Development funds will refund $125 for all Illinois attendees who take the training at the conference sessions. There is a pretty simple registration process. The forms can be accessed along with the conference registration information on the website.

We encourage you all to do the same thing that more than 100 of last year’s participants did — fill out the forms and have your registration cost refunded by Workforce Development.

For information on this year’s conference, GAOI accreditation or membership or anything related to geo in Illinois, go to, or call GAOI Executive Director John Freitag.

John Freitag
Executive Director
Geothermal Alliance of Illinois
P.O. Box 3787
Springfield, IL 62712

Direct: 217-241-7973
Iphone: 217-971-3533
Office: 217-529-5561