September Chapter Meeting – 09/21/2015 @ Graphic Arts Center


Date: September 21st 2015
Location: Graphic Arts Center – 105 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights, MO 63043


10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking

10:45am-11:45am Tech Session

11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session

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Kirk Mescher

It is with great sadness that St. Louis ASHRAE announces the passing of Kirk Mescher. Kirk passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Kirk was a licensed professional engineer and founding partner of CM Engineering, Inc., in Columbia, Missouri. Kirk is rightfully considered one of the leading geothermal experts in the country and has been a leader in design, development and installation of ultra-high efficiency heating and cooling systems. He was also the co-holder of Patent 5,496,397, USA, Application of desiccants to aluminum foil substrates.

Kirk authored the cover article of the October 2009 ASHRAE Journal, “One Pipe Geothermal Design—Simplified GCHP System”. He also co-authored “High Performance Schools” in the May 2007 issue of the ASHRAE Journal. In 2009, he received ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service Award and served as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer for 2011-2014. Kirk also served on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors from July 2012 – June 2015 as a Director-at-Large.

Over the years, many of us were fortunate to have worked with and learned from Kirk. He will be greatly missed. His obituary and information on the Memorial Service can be found here:


Thank You to Our Research Promotion Donors!

The 2014-2015 Society Year was a successful year for St. Louis ASHRAE! We achieved Full Circle, met our RP goal, and rose over $26,000 for ASHRAE Research! Thank you to all of the 2014-2015 donors!

Arnold E Appel
Carl Deutsch
Charles Eugene Dale-Derks
Christopher Swallow
Daniel Krack
David Gerstenkorn
David Westbrook
Gary Ault
Gerald Williams, PE
Grant Irvine
James Govaia
James Jansen, PE
James Eckelkamp
Jeffrey Gross
Jim Rosick
John & Katie Sauer, III
John Hinton, PE
Jon Danuser
Jordan Heiman
Kirk Mescher, PE
Mark Bengard, PE
Mark Tesar
Michael Noelke
Michael Kearney
Philip Sutherlin
R Keith Morehead
Richard Witte
Richard Vestal
Robert Banashek, PE
Robert Jones, PE
Robert Glunt
Roger Zoellner
Scott Hunke
Stephen Duda, PE
Thomas Strickland
Timothy Roberts
Vincent Stanec, III, PE
William Kalin, PE
Jessica Mangler, PE

A C Systems Inc
Air Masters Corporation
Behrmann Company
Blackmore & Glunt Inc. – St. Louis
Brasch Manufacturing Co Inc
Cambridge Engineering Inc
Commair Inc
Dynamic Controls Inc
Friemel Love Company
Johnson Controls Inc
McClure Engineering Associates
Pero Sales Incorporated
Rollie Johnson Incorporated
Ross & Baruzzini
Schnucks Supermarkets Inc
SMACNA St. Louis
Sporlan Valve – Parker Hannifin
Thermal Mechanics Incorporated
Trane Matching Funds

Main Session_Courtesy of Steve Liescheidt

Upcoming Technical Programs

Save the Date!

Below is a list of the planned programs through 2015. More information will be sent out closer to the dates of the events.

To register for the August meeting, click here.

Note the change in date and location for the September meeting!

Topic: Code Dread: Keeping Up with ASHRAE and LEED
Speaker: Scott Bowman, PE, LEEP Fellow
August 10, 2015 / 5:30-7:30pm
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, Suite 200
2319 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103

Topic: Integrating Renewable Energy Into Buildings
Distinguished Lecturer: Sheila Hayter, PE, FASHRAE, LEEP AP
September 21, 2015 / 10:45am-1:10pm
Graphic Arts Banquet Center
105 Progress Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63043

Topic: TBD.
Distinguished Lecturer: Bill Bahnfleth, PhD, PE, FASHRAE, FASME, 2013-14 ASHRAE President
October 12, 2015 / 10:45am-1:10pm
Spazio’s Westport
12031 Lackland Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63146

Topic: Fan Efficiency Grade Requirements, Duct Static Pressure Calculations and Proper Ductwork Design
Speakers: Jay Eldridge, Jerry Williams
November 9, 2015 / 10:45am-1:10pm
Spazio’s Westport
12031 Lackland Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63146

Exact dates (December) and final topics are TBD
Graphic Arts Banquet Center
105 Progress Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63043

Thermos Newsletter – August 2015

Letter from the President

Dear members of the ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter,

Welcome to the 2015-16 ASHRAE season. The next two years will be an exciting time for our chapter. We have major society and regional events coming up, a major chapter anniversary, and remarkable progress by our various committees.

First, this season will end with the 2016 ASHRAE Annual Conference being held in St. Louis between June 25th and 29th, 2016. I can’t thank our event chair, Vinny Stanec, enough for his leadership on this high-profile endeavor for our chapter. This is a big event, and will require many chapter volunteers to run smoothly. Vinny will reach out to the chapter over the next several months to ask for help. Thanks in advance to all of the folks who assist. Learn more at:

Second, preparations have begun for the St. Louis Chapter to host the Region VI CRC in the Spring of 2017. Yes, you read that right, that’s a major event hosted by our chapter in each of the next two years. Another one of our past presidents, Brian Ingenthron, has graciously agreed to chair the CRC 2017 committee. The committee has already made huge progress over the past several months, and I’m excited to see it develop more over this season. Just like the Annual Conference, this one will require many volunteers from our chapter.

Third, we have a major milestone in the not-too-distant future. Our chapter was originally chartered by society in 1917, making this our 98th year. It will be exciting to host CRC in St. Louis during our 100 year anniversary. More to come over the next year…

Finally, the BOG and committee chairs have done a great job over the past few years. The level of engagement by our leaders has been off the charts. The president may be the head of the chapter, but it’s the hard work and commitment of our volunteers that really make the chapter function. I know that the dedication I’ve seen so far in planning the 2015-16 season will make me proud to serve as president.

We’ve had steadily increasing attendance for our meetings over the last several years. I credit the hard work by our programs committee. Chris Swallow, our current programs committee chair, won’t let last year’s attendance remain a record for long. He’s already on pace to bring engaging speakers to our chapter, and blow last year’s attendance numbers out of the water. Stay tuned on the chapter website for news regarding chapter meeting topics and speakers.

Bringing new, young members into our chapter is one of the secrets to our tremendous longevity (98 years!) and attendance. Our student activities chair, Danny McGrail, isn’t satisfied with the number of existing university chapters, so he’s already set plans to start a new chapter at MU (and the year has barely even started). Our YEA chair, Mike Mosbacher, isn’t satisfied with the status-quo either. He’s already begun planning special events for the YEA members this season.

I could go on and on about the astounding work being done by our volunteers, but I have to end this letter someplace! Stay tuned by visiting our website on a regular basis (, and by reading these newsletters. We have many opportunities for our members to learn and to network over the course of the year. Don’t miss out!

Jim Rosick
ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter (

Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)

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Upcoming Programs

Next meeting is August 10th on Code Dread: Keeping Up with ASHRAE and LEED. Note the new location! Register here.

2015 Annual Summer Conference in Atlanta

Hundreds of ASHRAE members and HVAC&R industry professionals converged on Atlanta, GA this past June for the Annual Summer Meeting. Each day involved numerous technical sessions, Technical Committee meetings, Board meetings, and social events, including a keynote speech by Gene Kranz, Flight Director of numerous NASA missions, including Apollo 13…. read more.

Welcome to the New Members!

The St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter would like to welcome the new members. Be sure to introduce yourself to the newcomers at the next meeting!

Board Member Highlight: Michael Mosbacher

Michael is the incoming YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) Chair!

Student Activities Committee

The Student Activities Committee is looking for new members! Contact Danny McGrail at

2016 Summer Meeting Planning

The Planning Committee for the 2016 Annual Summer Meeting held in St. Louis is busy preparing for next year’s Society conference. Contact Vinny Stanec or email for more information and to volunteer!

Call for Volunteers

Want to get involved in ASHRAE? It’s the start of the new year and a perfect time to get involved. Email if interested!

Volunteer Thank You!

Thank you to all of last year’s volunteers!

  • Nick Roberts (Victaulic)
  • Annie Smith (Ross & Baruzzini)
  • Chris Pelton (Siemens)
  • Dorniece Ferguson (United Excel Design, PC)

Industry News

Product Directory Update

After making some big changes to our Product Directory, we’re finally ready to print! New copies of the 2015 Product Directory will be handed out to equipment/manufacturer reps in mid/late August. Then new copies of the Product Directory will be distributed to membership at our September Chapter Meeting. Just as a recap, here are the changes we’ve made to the 2015 Product Directory:

  • Added the Membership Roster
  • Added front and back cover sponsorships
  • Reorganized the product categories in the Product Directory sections