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October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion – Monday 10/14

October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion Meeting


Date: Monday October 14, 2019
Russo’s Spazio Westport – 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146


10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session
Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Mr. Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED® AP BD+C
Applications Engineer, Trane
Mick has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) and chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of Trane products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published a number of articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University.

Mick serves as a Treasurer on the ASHRAE Board of Directors and is also an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptions Service, Distinguished Service, and Standard Achievement Awards, was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010, and also Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee. Mick has served on several USGBC technical and education groups and presently chairs the LEED Technical Committee and served on the LEED Steering Committee. He also authored portions of the ASHRAE GreenGuide and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.

Tech Session: Advanced Energy Design Guide Overview
Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Guides (AEDGs) that result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now on of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.

This presentation give a broad overview of all the developed Advanced Energy Design Guides, the processes used to develop those guides, and examples of technologies, tips, systems and other recommendations in the AEDG Series to reduce building energy consumption by 30% to 50% , and also covers information on the New Zero Energy guides.

Main Session: Chilled Water Systems for YEA Members: What the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Have Done WRONG!!! (Part 1)
Mistakes lead to “experience” – that is, knocking what you never want to have happen to you again. It’s a lot less pain to learn from other people’s “experience”.

This seminar, originally presented at an ASHRAE annual conference, covers common chilled water system mistakes; and more importantly how to avoid or mitigate them. Chilled water systems covered include new, retrofit, conversion/addition, and replacement. In addition, control options are also discussed.

Whether novice or experienced, come shake your head, laugh a bit, and learn together.

September Chapter Meeting – Past President’s Meeting – Monday 9/9

Date: September 9, 2019
Russo’s Spazio Westport – 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146
Free for ASHRAE St. Louis Members and full time students
$25 for Non-members

10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session
Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Thomas H. (Tom) Durkin, PE

Recognized as an innovative and creative engineer throughout the Midwest, Tom directs all mechanical and plumbing engineering for SDA. Tom’s designs for buildings and systems are proven to be safe, energy-efficient, and cost-effective. A nationally sought-after speaker and frequent ASHRAE author who promotes energy-smart HVAC systems, Tom is also a contributor to the U.S. Department of Energy. He designed the first “Energy Star” school HVAC system in the Midwest. In 1998, Tom presented one of his innovative systems to members of the United States Congress. Tom has either invented or pioneered the implementation of nine distinct HVAC innovations, all which save energy and reduce pollution.

Tom’s design work has won twelve (12) state, national, and international awards, including two ASHRAE Technology Awards. He has written many articles for the ASHRAE journal and other industry magazines, and his work has been featured in several others. Tom is co-author of the HVAC Pump Handbook, the definitive text on all things hydronic.

Tech Session: Low Temperature Heating Applications and Economics
Durkin’s first low temperature (130F max) boiler design was in 1990, and it wasn’t because he was trying to save energy. Nor was the second, but after checking back with the owners on operating cost, it was apparent that efficiency gains were many times greater than could possibly be predicted by looking at boiler rating. His findings were published in the July 2006 ASHRAE Journal Boiler System Efficiency.

Main Session: Humidity Control with and without Reheat
Durkin’s approach is that most applications do not need for designers to control humidity, rather just make sure it doesn’t get out of control. Humidity control can be active or passive, but it should never be ignored. This talk will explain low cost but highly effective solutions that work in all climate zones.

M/E 1: Mechanical Engineers & Designers

Job Description

M/E 1 Engineering is a new consulting firm formed as part of CASCO Diversified Corp, a locally owned A/E firm.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a new firm working on challenging healthcare, education and government projects.  We are looking for experienced mechanical engineers or designers.

Job Requirements:

Ideal candidates shall have experience in the design of HVAC systems with strong knowledge in applicable codes, standards, and design practices.  We are seeking talented people with an interest in being part of the formation, growth, and excellence of M/E 1 Engineering.

Job Benefits

We offer a competitive benefits package.  But more importantly, we offer the opportunity to work on challenging projects in a dynamic office environment.  Centrally located in Maplewood, our space is new and designed to be a dynamic, pet-friendly workplace.  Working in a small firm offers exposure to all facets of consulting engineering from business development, through design and construction.  We build strong relationships with our clients through exceptional performance.

Call or email to discuss if joining M/E 1 Engineering could improve your work-life and your career path.

Contact Tom Grassi, 314-443-7238,

McClure: Mechanical Engineer

McClure Engineering is one of St. Louis’ most trusted and respected design & consulting MEP engineering firms. Established in 1953 and 100% employee owned, McClure has built its reputation on providing the most innovative building and campus system solutions to a broad base of clients. In turn, employees enjoy working on a variety of challenging projects in a collaborative team environment involving institutional, industrial, healthcare and large commercial buildings. The firm offers a complete line of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Acoustics/AV, Lighting Design and Commissioning engineering services by a deep bench of talented individuals who believe engineering excellence is driven by the fundamentals of math and science and an intuition about all things mechanical/electrical.

McClure Engineering is currently seeking an experienced, accomplished, self-motivated Mechanical Engineer to work alongside other talented engineers dedicated to engineering excellence on a wide range of projects involving complex building and campus systems. The ideal candidate will enjoy coordinating with the other disciplines and team members assigned to their projects as well as continued learning to ensure the best engineering solutions are provided. The McClure team takes pride in the depth and breadth of knowledge on its bench and believes engineering excellence is driven by the fundamentals of math and science along with the intuition about all things mechanical/electrical.

Essential Functions:

  • Engineering – Perform necessary engineering functions required for the project (field investigation, load calculations, equipment selection, system diagrams, sequence of operation and control diagrams, layouts, and specifications), while coordinating with designers, drafters, and engineers. Identify, formulate and produce effective solutions to emerging problems. Review drawings for proper practices, quality, and consistency with office design standards.
  • Construction administration – Conduct pre-bid and construction meetings, reviewing shop drawings, resolving construction and owner issues, reviewing pay applications and close-out documents, performing progress and punchlist inspections.
  • Project Management – Organize project management activities – reviewing and updating the budget, preparing and updating a project schedule, and establishing project communications, standards and files as necessary
  • Communication – Effectively coordinate with internal and external members of the design team, including firm staff, owners, architects, and other consultants.
  • Development – Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies


  • B.S.M.E. from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of relevant mechanical engineering design with a focus on HVAC and Plumbing systems design, required
  • Experience selecting equipment and troubleshooting systems preferred
  • Institutional/Commercial building design experience required
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, required

Specialized Knowledge, Licenses:

  • Possess or have the ability to obtain a professional engineering license

Working Conditions:

  • 90% indoors at firm’s facility
  • 10% indoors or outdoors at project or construction sites where hard-hat is often required. Personal Protective Equipment is provided by firm.

McClure Engineering is an “Employer of Choice” repeatedly named one of St. Louis’ Top Workplaces and Healthiest Employers! While being a leader in the engineering industry, McClure’s corporate culture promotes work-life balance and fun with a wide-array of company sponsored activities such as annual float trips, summer softball games, barbecues, corporate massages, traveling nurses and cardio, weight & relaxation rooms with on-site showers available to employees and their families. Additionally, McClure offers an extremely comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time-off, support for on-going learning and development, superior wellness program, free sodas, casual dress work environment and stable retirement (401k) plan and stock purchase program to promote financial security.

How to Apply:

Online: Or

Contact: Lauren Morris, HR Generalist  314-645-6232


ASHRAE Research Trivia Night – Thursday 5/16

Thursday, 5/16/2019, 6:00 PM


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

ASHRAE RP Trivia Night
Please help ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter raise funds for ASHRAE Research Promotion!

Date/Time:  Thursday May 16, 2019 at 6:00PM
Location:  Engineers’ Club of St. Louis 4359 Lindell Blvd 63108
Details:  $30/person includes 3 drink tickets, 8-person tables, cash bar after tickets used, no outside alcohol permitted, you may bring your own snacks, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction

Sponsorship Opportunity:  Please contact Erin Black ( or 314.884.7636) if you are interested in sponsoring a round of trivia with your company logo displayed ($50/round), displaying your company banner at the bar ($500 suggested donation), or donating an item for silent auction.