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Thermos Newsletter – January 2017

Save the Date for CRC!

Join us on our 100th Anniversary for the 2017 Chapter Regional Conference in St. Louis!

  • When: 4/20-22/2017
  • Where: Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis – secure by March 23rd!
  • Hotel Reservation information on the ASHRAE-STL website
  • Registration details to be posted soon!
  • Social Event: 100 Years RP After Party – details to be announced!
Letter from the President

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday Season and enjoyed a little time off with your family.  Perhaps you enjoyed a little too much and now you need some time off FROM your family!!!

It’s the time of the year where we switch up our meeting time so don’t forget we will now be meeting in the evenings.  Yes we are going to hand out two drink tickets to everyone again this year at the meetings.  Speaking of meetings a big shout out to Grant Irvine our Programs Chair on a great first half of the year.  We have had lots of positive feedback on the speakers and our attendance has been over 100 attendees consistently at the meetings.

Don’t forget the Annual Winter Meeting and Expo is coming up at the end of the month in LAS VEGAS which is always a good time.  I hope to see many familiar faces there.  I want to take care of some official business really quick.  Jim Rosick – the board has received and reviewed your request and I must inform you that the BOG has determined that we will not be reimbursing you for front row tickets and back stage passes to the Britney Spears concert.  While we appreciate all you have done for the chapter we just don’t feel this is a proper use of chapter funds!!!

CRC 2017 is just around the corner and Brian Ingenthron and his committee are in full swing making sure all the parts and pieces are in place to make this a successful event.  Stay tuned for additional updates on CRC 2017.

I am happy to announce that Zach Melber will be taking over the duties as the Student Activities chair.  As mentioned in our last chapter meeting our previous chair Danny McGrail has accepted a new position in Kansas City.  We thank Danny and wish him nothing but the best!

Chris Swallow – Chapter President

Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Honors & Awards Committee Starts Off Strong in 2017

The St. Louis Chapter has nominated one of its members, Danny Halel, for the ASHRAE Standards Achievement Award.  This award recognizes… read more here.

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Technology Awards

It’s that time of year to start thinking about submitting a project for the 2017 Technology Awards.  Projects can be submitted for the following building types:  Commercial, Institutional, Health Care, Industrial, Public Assembly, or Residential.  The project can be a new construction, existing building retrofit, or retro-commissioning.

The requirements are simple:  you must be an ASHRAE member to submit and projects need to be substantially complete but do not need to be in operation for 1 year (though that will be required to compete past the Chapter level).  Projects are then judged on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, cost effectiveness, operation and maintenance, and environmental impact.

All information regarding these awards can be found at:–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program-overview

The Chapter Level application (short form) which describes what information needs to be submitted can be found at:–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program

This year’s deadline will be Friday, March 3rd.  Please reach out to Chad Adler at 314-812-4537 or for more information or to submit a project.

Board Member Highlight: Zach Melber

Zach Melber

Welcome to the New Members!
  • William Andrew Faust
  • Jordan Brodnax
  • Jimmy Gericke
  • James Watson
  • Margaret Bailey
See you in Las Vegas!

Region VI and V Dinner

  • When: Sunday, Jan 29th at 6:30pm (cash bar)
  • Cost: $55/person
  • Where: TREVI Italian Restaurant at 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Register with John Rieke (


Thank you for coming!

Many thank to Paul Stewart, Director of Sales and Marketing for Desert Aire Corp., for presenting at our technical and main sessions at our January meeting.


 Industry News

Thermos Newsletter – December 2016

Next Meeting Announcement


  • Date: December 5th, 2016
  • Location: Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Rd. in St. Louis, MO 63146


  • 10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking
  • 10:45am-11:45am Tech Session: “Refrigerant Safety – Inside and Outside the Machinery Room”
  • 11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session: “Understanding safety relief systems”

Featuring Douglas T. Reindl, Ph.D., PE, Professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Douglas is a professor in the Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition, he is the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) at the UW.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Joshua Chandler
  • Ryan Goewert
  • Brian Lohe – Burns & McDonnell
  • Sean Fruin – KAI
  • John Schilling – Renewaire, LLC
  • James Lablance – BRiC Partnership
  • Zach Melber – Behrmann Company
  • Matt Callaway – Hunter Engineering
  • Carly Little
  • Bruce Levitt – Etegra, Inc.
  • Marco Antonio Tamayo – Victaulic
Thanks for coming!

Thank you to everyone who attended HRATEC and the October meeting – see you at the next one!

Save the Date!

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
Job Posting: Mechanical Engineer at Belleville, Illinois office

BRiC Partnership, is a vibrant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology engineering firm with offices in Bellville, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Kirkwood, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. We serve a variety of clients in the educational, healthcare, governmental and commercial markets.


  • 3+ years experience
  • BS in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Ability to work independently on assignments under guidance of senior staff
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit design software
  • Experience with Trane Trace load calculation software and energy analysis programs for LEED

Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects from schematic design through construction
  • Load calculations
  • Layout and sizing of systems
  • Specification editing
  • Coordination with architects and owners
  • Shop drawing review
  • Verification of existing site conditions (including documentation of systems above ceilings, on roofs, etc.)

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. E/O/E. Contact:

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Read more about Chad – our Technology Awards Chair!

Chad Adler
Industry News

Pittsburgh to implement new ordinance requiring public reporting of energy efficiency, water usage

Mayor de Blasio Signs Package of Green Buildings Legislation to Spur Retrofits to Help Buildings Become More Energy Efficient

Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulations

ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

One World Trade Center achieves LEED Gold certification

Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

Cooltech Applications is Partnering with Carrefour

China is losing its appetite for coal-fired power plants

ASHRAE Congratulates U.S. House Members On Passage Of Career And Technical Education Legislation

Thermos Newsletter – September 2016

Letter from the President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President

Well it’s that time of the year again, and I am not talking about Rams Football!  The Rams may have picked up and moved to LA but the STL ASHRAE chapter is here to stay!!  We are going to kick off the season as we always do with our Past Presidents meeting on September 12th.  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, Jim Rosick.

I want to take a quick moment to thank a few folks for their dedication to the St. Louis Chapter.  Jessica Mangler whom has served on the BOG for the past few years has taken a new position with a firm in Seattle, Washington.  Jessica dedicated a lot of time and efforts to the Chapter during her time on the board.  The STL chapter recently obtained the highest number of PAOE points in our region due in part to a record number of points earned from Jessica’s efforts in research promotion.  We all wish Jessica the best in her new endeavors and we will keep a seat on the BOG warm for her if she ever decides to return to St. Louis.

Another member of the chapter I would like to recognize is Vinny Stanec.  Vinny graciously accepted the position of the Summer 2016 Meeting Chair several years ago, and he did not disappoint.  He assembled a great team of local ASHRAE members to put together a wonderful program this summer.  We have received nothing but positive feedback from the local, regional, and national level.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, session chairs, tour guides, etc. that made this event possible.  Most importantly to Vinny, this was a tremendous undertaking.  You did something the Rams never could, you not only took the ball across the goal line, but you spiked it, did a celebratory dance, and then took it back in for an extra two points.  The St. Louis chapter is extremely grateful for all your efforts over the past few years.

Grant Irvine has a great program line up in the works for this upcoming year.  We are going to start it off right with current ASHRAE Vice President Jim Vallort.  We look forward to another great year of record attendance.  I will close with this.  We are always looking for new faces to get involved.  We currently have several committee positions we are looking for chairs including our Grass Roots and Webmaster committees.  If you are interested in helping out please talk to me or one of the other board members at the upcoming meetings.

– Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Next Meeting Announcement

Past Presidents’ Meeting

  • Date: September 12th, 2016
  • 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

Featuring Distinguished Lecturer; Jim Vallort CEM, CBCP, CSDP, LEED AP

“Building Automation System Master Planning – Take Control of Your Facility’s Future” and “Intelligent Buildings – Technology is changing what is possible in the built environment”

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Richard Sanders
  • Matthew Hochstein
  • Anthony Silistria
  • Thomas Cleary
  • Todd Wilson
  • Maxwell Klein
  • Jackson McNeal
  • Bill Williams
  • Jeremy Dorris
  • Seth Marton
  • Matthew Bridges
  • Christopher Salvatori
  • Scott Schultz
  • Dan Mareschal
  • Mark Schmalz
  • Mark Schaefer
  • Michael Duggan
Save the Date!

Lunch Meetings

  • 10/11/2016
  • 11/18/2016
  • 12/5/2016

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
YEA Happy Hour

Come hangout with YEA for our September social event! Unfortunately summer is coming to an end, but what better way to deal with that than to gripe with fellow industry professionals over drinks? For September YEA will be heading to 21st Street Brewers Bar. This bar offers a huge selection of both draft and bottled beer representing every local brewery (non-beer products are available, too).  The bar also offers pool tables and several other bar games, if you need to unleash your competitive side.  We hope to see you there!

All future YEA events will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month barring special circumstances, so be sure to block out the 3rd Wednesday of each month to attend our future events!

Board Member Highlight: Gwenn Ivester

Read more about our new Attendance & Reception Chair!

Gwenn Ivester
Gwenn Ivester
My Experience at RP Centralized Training

By: Jeff Henderson, RP Chair

 ASHRAE 2016 Summer Meeting – Summary Report

By: Vinny Stanec, Host Committee Chair

New ASHRAE Fellow: Robert L. Towell

By: Steve Duda, Honors & Awards Chair

CRC Planning Update

The CRC-2017 committee is hard at work now that the ASHRAE summer meeting is in the past. The venue, speakers, and major planning is mostly done, and now we move on to covering the details. We are still seeking extra help in several areas, so if you have some time to give, please let us know. We are also soliciting sponsors for the event, either local firms engaged in the HVAC industry or national manufacturers looking for exposure to the industry. Contact Chris Pelton or myself to find out more about the various sponsorship levels.

Student Activities

Seeking Co-Chair: If you are interested in becoming more involved in our local ASHRAE chapter this is an easy, low time commitment introduction. I am seeking a Co-Chair to join me so that we can offer more assistance to the student branches.

Call for Volunteers: A number student chapters are seeking presenters for their ASHRAE student chapters. As a reminder the student branches are SIU-E, SIU-C, Missouri S&T, and Mizzou.  If you are interested, please contact the Student Activities Chair, Danny McGrail, at

Scholarships: As a reminder Society scholarship applications are due December 1st. Please encourage any undergraduates interested in the HVAC&R industry to apply. More scholarship information available at

2016 ASHRAE Scholarship Golf Outing

By: Brian Ingenthron, Special Events

Industry News

GE Joins MIT Energy Initiative to Develop Advanced Technology Solutions for Transforming Global Energy Systems

First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

Reports: Fukushima Ice Wall Is Showing Little Success at Preventing Groundwater Inflows

Median Installed Price of Solar in the United States Fell by 5-12% in 2015

Thermos Newsletter – March 2016

Letter from the President

The 2015-16 season is nearly complete, but the next few months will be busy! Major upcoming events include:

  • Golf Tournament – May 16th
  • Chapter Annual Meeting – April 18th
  • CRC in Madison – April 28-30
  • ASHRAE Annual Meeting in St. Louis – June 25-29

The final chapter meeting of the season will be April 18th. During our Annual Meeting, we’ll install our 2016-17 officers, recognize this year’s technology award winners, and give scholarship awards. If last year is any indication, this will be a popular event! Watch the website for more news.

The golf tournament is coming up in May as well. Watch the website for more details to come. The invitations to past teams should already be in motion. We hope to see another fantastic turn-out.

Consider attending CRC in Madison, WI this year. We’ll be at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison April 28th-30th. We strongly encourage all board members and committee chairs to attend, as well as anybody in the chapter who would like to expand their involvement in ASHRAE. It’s always a tremendous educational and networking opportunity. Link:

Finally, we’re nearing the ASHRAE Annual Meeting, June 25th-29th. This is a big one for our chapter. Vinny and team have been working for the last couple years to make this possible, and they’re going to knock it out of the park. Make sure to plan early to attend. This is a major event and a rare opportunity for our chapter. Link:

Save the Date! Awards Night is April 18th!
  • When: 5:30 -9pm, Monday April 18th
  • Where: Moulin Events (Vin de Set) at 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63103
  • We will presenting the Technology Awards for this past year, handing out Scholarships, installing next year’s officers, and hearing from our Student Chapters from MST and SIUE on their Design Competitions.

Research Promotion Update
St. Louis Chapter Members Receive Society Awards
Welcome to the New Members!
  • Kevin Guinan – Trane
  • Gerald Jones – Crawford Murphy & Tilly Inc
  • Travis Pyatt – Victaulic
  • Yalew Kesate Berhan – Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC
  • Dan Harrington – Architectural Design Guild
  • Steve Cornish – Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Kevin Kaufman – University of Missouri  Columbia
  • Nick Allen – McClure Engineering
  • Eric Shapiro
YEA Group Events

The Young Engineers in ASHRAE group participated in a trivia night in February to benefit Engineers Without Borders. There was good enough attendance to support two tables and everyone had a good time, even though we didn’t come close to winning. The March happy hour at Nick’s Pub in Dogtown was a success with friendly games of pool in the upstairs bar, as well as delicious beer pretzels and beverages.

Golf Tournament Coming Up

The 30th annual St. Louis ASHRAE Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held once again on Monday May 16th at the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in East Alton Illinois. This annual tournament is the primary source of income for the scholarships that are awarded each year. Last years scholarships totaled over $8000, and we hope to do the same this year. Save the date and start getting your foursome together now! For more information, contact Committee Chairman Brian Ingenthron at 314-963-0057.

Session Monitors at Summer Conference
HVAC Design Training
Board Member Highlight: Stephen Duda
Chapter and Regional Conference Coming Up

This year’s CRC will be held in Madison, Wisconsin and hosted by the Madison Chapter on Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30, with multiple technical speakers and a great location – just off the capitol square, overlooking one of the Madison lakes at the Monona Terrace. There will be a Welcome Party Thursday night at the Madison Children’s Museum within walking distance of the hotel, Monona Terrace, and many great sights. For more information, check out the website and register here:

SIUC Student Chapter Receives Research Grant

Congratulations go to the student chapter at SIUC for receiving one of ASHRAE’s Senior Undergraduate Project grants. Dr. Emmanuel Nsofor will serve as faculty advisor in the Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes department. The project will research “Solar Energy PCM Storage Combined with Solar-Powered Water Purification.” The goal is for a group of senior students to design and construct this system which will be used to demonstrate how the problem of providing energy and adequate clean water for enhancing the lives of people in many parts of the world can be solved. Research will take place August 2016 to July 2017 and will be tied to a senior design course and in the long-term, will serve as a teaching tool for many years going forward, impacting about 300 students per semester.

2016 Annual Conference in St. Louis

The next ASHRAE conference will be in St. Louis! Join us for a multi-day jam-packed conference full of technical sessions and committee meetings. Social events include a Plenary Session featuring Chef Jeff Henderson, renowned celebrity chef and TV star, a Welcome Party at the Missouri History Museum, an after-party at the Thaxton to raise funds for Research Promotion, and Members’ Night Out featuring Push the Limit Band, voted #1 Party Band in St. Louis!

Sustainability Project

A big thank you to GRP Mechanical Company and Dan Dotson for being the contractor on the Sustainability Project to renovate the Chappee Cottage at Beverly Farm, a home to nearly 400 people who live with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Read more here:


Previous Meeting News

2016-02-18 WiA Happy Hour

Industry News

Seattle will require big building ‘tune-ups’

The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against R-134a from China

MIT researchers create citywide building energy model for Boston

MIT researchers turn waste gas into liquid fuel

Join us at the conference in St. Louis this summer!
Join us at the conference in St. Louis this summer!

Thermos Newsletter – February 2016

Letter from the President

We’re closing in on the end of the 2015-16 ASHRAE season. The February chapter meeting will be the final “regular” meeting, followed by tour night in March, and awards night in April. Of course, we’ll also have the ASHRAE Annual Meeting here in St. Louis June 25-29 this year.

We’re excited to see the scholarship applications this year. We have the strongest student chapter activity I’ve seen since joining the Chapter Board. In addition to the usual high-level of engagement from the SIU-E and MS&T, we finally have a stable student chapter at MU. Again, thanks goes to Danny McGrail and his predecessors in the Student Activities Committee.

The Board has begun discussions regarding replacement of the Chapter By-Laws with the most current version acceptable to Society. We anticipate approving the new By-Laws before the end of the 2015-16 season. The biggest change: a requirement to maintain a Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. Start thinking about joining the new committee by learning more at:

Welcome to the New Members!
  • Mauro Fraschini – McClure Engineering
  • Alex Oliver – Cannon Design
  • Robert Rizen – Air Conveyor Treatment Services
  • Jay Werner – Energy Systems Group
  • Keith Esarey – McClure Engineering
  • Marcus Eckstein – G&W Engineering Corp
  • Kyle Griffin – McClure Engineering
  • John Klein – Aedifica Case Engineering
  • Ely Laberge – McClure Engineering
  • Jeffrey Scott Linderer – Dynamic Controls, Inc.
  • Chung-Lung Chen – University of Missouri
  • Andrew Jones – TME, LLC
  • Gary Boyet
  • Francis Greg Slack – CW Boiler Supply, Inc.
  • Ethan Schmitt – SSC Engineering
  • Kelsey Staggs – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Michael Hoff – Faith Group, LLC
  • Jason Riggs – Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers

Board Member Highlight: Annie Smith

Annie Smith
Annie Smith, Chapter Historian, Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini
You’re invited to the “Chardonnay Bill” ASHRAE After Party in St. Louis!
  • Saturday, June 25
  • 9pm-1am
  • Thaxton Speakeasy
Stephen Duda Receives George B. Hightower Award
Session Monitors at Summer Conference
St. Louis ASHRAE and SIUE Students Partner for Sustainability Project
HVAC Design Training
January Meeting Features “R in ASHRAE”

The Chapter met for two presentations in January surrounding the “R in ASHRAE” theme. First, Tom Mathews presented on “Refrigeration 401” and provided a summary of opportunities to improve energy efficiency for refrigeration systems, as well as an in-depth review regarding the effects of system components and selection in refrigeration design. Then, Keilly Witman presented on “What to Expect from an EPA Inspection,” which included probable causes and outcomes of an EPA inspection for refrigeration systems. She also talked about the importance of refrigerant management and accurate record keeping for the legal impacts of these inspections. Thank you to both presenters!

Enter your project for the Technology Awards today!


  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Process
  • Public Assembly
  • Residential

Submit the 2-page form by March 4, 2016 to Chad Adler (!

YEA Event: EWB Trivia Night – YEA Table
  • March 4th at 6:30pm
  • Games begin at 7:30pm
  • SLU Busch Center
  • BYOB and bring your own snacks

Women in ASHRAE Event: Happy Hour
  • February 18th at 6pm
  • Paul Mineo’s Trattoria
  • Discussion Topic: Retention of women in engineering

History Update

Our Chapter Historian, Annie Smith, is making progress in digitizing our historical files. These can be accessed via our website here going forward. We have recently recycled a good portion of old texts that no longer have use in industry or historical value. Certain memorabilia that cannot be digitized will be kept and stored properly as well. If you would like to be involved in our Chapter’s history efforts, email

Industry News