Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter December 2011
Board and Committee Chairs
President's Message
In This Issue

Dear Members,

We had a busy November, starting out with a great discussion on Variable Refrigerant Systems, led by Jullian DeBullet. With new AHRI certifications in place, these systems are gaining a new level of interest. Later in the month, we had a packed house at the Harrisburg Trane office on Building Commissioning: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Jim Magee, President of Facility Commissioning Group in Lexington, KY called himself the "Ugly" of the group. This was an unfair claim; Jim's description of commissioning, re-commissioning and retro-commissioning, along with his anecdotes and case study insight, was anything but ugly. He describes the process as a validation of Design and Intent - a building "Test Drive" (as opposed to only construction validation). He pointed out that a thorough, direct-to-owner commissioning agent takes into account important actions often missed:

  1. Tracking the owner's project requirements (typically written by owner and design professional)
  2. How these requirements are being met at each stage in construction
  3. Leading pre-award meetings to go over all commissioning requirements and spec compliance with top-3 low bidders
  4. Managing code visits
  5. A 10-month follow-up post-construction verification

This panel discussion was well-received and provides a potential model for future meetings.

Our chapter also held a joint meeting with the Penn State University student branch in State College. The event was led by Tom Watson, President-Elect of ASHRAE Society. Tom briefed the group on the latest efforts to tackle energy use in existing buildings. Standard 100 covers energy conservation measures in existing buildings, and provided the framework for Watson's talk. He also gave us strategies on how to use the business/financial case for upgrading existing buildings. Hearing from PSU students on their academic projects capped the meeting.

Our December 14th meeting will be a unique one. We'll hear from Dr. Ned Greene on renewable biomass systems, and also tour AFS Energy Systems, manufacturer of biomass systems. Don't miss it!

Stay Warm – and see you at the December meeting! Merry Christmas!

Andrew Odell

Employment Opportunities

Klinge Corporation
Refrigeration Design Engineer

Klinge Corporation has an immediate full-time opening for a Refrigeration Design Engineer

The candidate must possess technical competence in machinery design, competence in manufacturing techniques, decision making and leadership abilities, as well as the ability to manage time and schedules for completion of engineering projects. The Design Engineer must communicate with Management, Purchasing, Production, and Sales Departments on a daily basis, and must be able to make sound engineering decisions in a timely manner, and with little supervision. Duties and responsibilities are below:

  • Performs necessary functions to design and develop new or existing refrigeration units and generator sets.
  • Completes work from input requirements or instructions to design new components or redesign existing components to improve our products.
  • Determines and establishes specifications through engineering calculations and layouts.
  • Oversees and assists with assembly and testing of refrigeration prototypes.
  • Communicates with vendors to obtain information and application assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the candidate must have a thorough understanding of refrigeration systems.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelors degree in an engineering discipline; minimum of 3 years experience. Computer literacy required.

Desired: Refrigeration design, Diesel Generator design, Electrical controls design

LANGUAGE SKILLS: The candidate must be fluent in English.

REASONING ABILITY: High degree of technical aptitude.

Fax, email or mail your resume with salary history and cover letter in confidence to: Klinge Corporation is an EOE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Reynolds Energy Services
Senior Energy Engineer

About Reynolds Energy Services
Reynolds Energy Services is an independently-owned energy consulting firm that provides customized energy-related services to help clients make their facilities as energy efficient as possible. We provide cost effective design and implementation of energy savings measures that allow owners to implement energy-saving technologies and practices, to upgrade aging equipment, reduce maintenance expenses, lower utility bills, and improve occupant comfort. Services include performance contracting, energy auditing, renewable energy solutions, energy engineering and retro-commissioning. Reynolds Energy Services is a division of the Harrisburg-based Reynolds family of construction service companies, including Reynolds Construction Management, R.T. Reynolds, Reynolds Consulting Engineers, and Reynolds Restoration Services.

Position Summary
Due to continued growth Reynolds Energy Services has an opening for a Senior Energy Engineer to join our team working out of our Harrisburg, PA office or our King of Prussia, PA office. The Senior Energy Engineer leads the overall development of energy efficiency projects, and provides project planning, and guidance of engineers developing projects. Sets goals and direction of energy audits, scope development and energy analysis. Assists the Project (Construction) Manager in creating bidding documents and procuring bids from selected subcontractors, supporting the Project Manager throughout construction. In conjunction with the Project Executive, the Energy Engineer develops the savings guarantee, financial analysis, and final customer deliverables and contract documents to ensure a successful project.

Project Development Management - Performs the lead role in conducting energy audits, data collection, benchmarking, utility analysis, proposing energy saving solutions, calculating savings, soliciting of subcontractor bids, analyzing blue prints, performing site surveys and developing measurement & verification methodologies. Prepares final contract documents and maintains excellent customer relationships. Demonstrates creative and innovative methods in developing new approaches to energy conservation and implementing new technologies and alternative energy solutions. Manages and mentors entry to mid-level engineers.

Business Development - Supports business development in developing proposals and presentations. Participates in customer interviews and initiates and maintains relationships with customers and partner businesses.

Client Satisfaction & Company Image - Cultivates strong relationships with clients and internal customers. Demonstrates integrity and promotes the company image through exceptional work and superior customer service.

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
Minimum of 10 years of experience in mechanical/energy engineering
Pennsylvania Professional Engineer (PE) license
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) preferred
LEED Professional Accreditation preferred
Engineering management experience
Travel is 20% (typically day travel)

Reynolds offers a unique company culture, comprehensive benefits and dynamic work environment. Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, 401(k) plan, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, short term disability, long term disability, life insurance, paid time off, and much more. Visit our website at

Submit resume with salary requirements to:
Reynolds Energy Services
Attention: Human Resources
3300 North Third Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-2570
Fax: 717.233.2570

Reynolds is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Central PA ASHRAE will publish employment opportunities in the Pennant at a cost of $50/month.The Pennant is distributed twice each month (September through May) to approximately 500 people.Contact Mark Tome (717) 814-8237 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Tour: Advanced Fabrication Services; Presentation: Biomass Case Study
Events held jointly with USGBC Central PA

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

PDH Certificates are Available for this Presentation

4:00-5:00 Meet at AFS, take tour of facility in New Cumberland
5:00-5:30 Travel to Appalachian Brewing Company/Registration
5:30-6:00 Dinner, 50/50 and ASHRAE Announcements
6:00-6:30 USCBC Central PA Announcements
6:30-7:00 AFS Presentation
7:00-8:00 Presentation: Biomass Case Study by Professor Ned Green, Bloomsburg University

Advanced Fabrication Services (AFS) Energy Systems is a leader in renewable energy biomass systems. AFS provides turnkey design/build energy solutions for businesses across North America. AFS products include biomass energy systems, dust collection systems, fuel storage systems, material handling systems, boiler system retrofits, regenerative thermal oxidizers and heat exchangers and engineering services.

Paul F. Lewandowski joined AFS Energy Systems in October 2010 charged with the task of developing a national sales strategy which focused on partnerships with Desighn Professionals, Energy Consultants and Financial Institutions seeking to expand their "green energy" portfolios by providing biomass thermal energy systems to their clients on a turn-key basis.

Since that time new representatives have been added across the country. The most recent strategic partnership with the RBC Capital Group a Royal Bank of Canada company through which AFS provides Public School Districts, Universities, Private Schools, Hospitals and Municipalities a Lease Purchase alternative to finance their systems with energy savings.

Paul’s 20 plus years in the development of successful Design/ Build projects including financing very challenging historic adaptive reuse and green energy projects through public and private partnerships has resulted in a unique perspective and ability to meet the challenge of providing the solutions for successful project financing and construction.

Paul has served on the Board of Directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter and is active on the Alternative Fuels Renewable Energy Council‘s Advisory Board to the Governor’s Energy office.

Paul is a graduate of the Bucks County Technical School Plumbing, Heating and Steam fitters program and has his BS in Education. He earned the Green Advantage Environmental Certification for Commercial building.

Paul is married and he and his wife Debbie reside in New Cumberland, PA

Nathaniel (Ned) Greene joined the physics department at Bloomsburg University in 1996. His renewable energy activities include producing biodiesel fuel for a campus shuttle and installing a vegetable oil heating system at the Bloomsburg Recycling Center. His proposal to replace a legacy coal stoker with a wood-chip boiler was funded by a PA-DEP Energy Harvest grant in 2009, and the project was completed at the university’s central steam plant in December 2010.

Ned holds a BS in physics from Antioch College (1986), an MA in physics from Boston University (1992), and a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University (1997). He has published articles in the areas of astrophysics, optics, and physics education.

Online or or 717.232.9743 ask for Alyssa Adams
Deadline: Friday December 9th, 2011

Chapter Members: $30.00
Non members: $30.00
Retired: $5.00

Note to all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs: Chapter Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs have standing reservations. If you do not RSVP by the deadline, you will be billed for the fun time you missed.

2011-2012 Schedule

Date & Location Event
December 14 - 3:00-5:00 Tour and 5:00pm-8:00pm Presentation

Presentation @ Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Biomass Boiler Manufacturing presentation by Paul Lewandoski, AFS and Bloomsburg University Case Study by Nathaniel Greene, Professor at Bloomsburg University

January 11 - TBD
York, PA

GEA Flatplate Manufacturing Tour

February 8- 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

presenting Advanced Energy Design Guides and Future Trends in Buildings and Energy Simulation

February 9th – Location TBD Professional Development Seminar
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley

Getting from AEDG's to Zero-Energy Buildings

March 14 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Refrigeration Night ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Tom Werkema

presenting International Fora, Domestic Implementation, Politics and Science with a possible ABC Brewery Tour with focus on refrigeration storage

March 16

Giant's Center

Family Night

Save the date for a fun and relaxing evening cheering on the Hershey Bears. Details to follow.

April 11 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 19 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
Panel: Tim McGinn, Stanley Mumma, John Murphy
May Family Night - TBD
July 22nd Annual Golf Event
August 10-11th



Member News

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Mr John M Wettengel

Congratulations to Fred Tome of JCI! Fred is the proud grandfather of a new granddaughter, Charlotte Ann. Born Nov 30th to parents Mark (of CESI) and Jamie Tome, Charlotte was 20.5 inches and 6lbs, 15.8 oz. Everyone is doing very well!

Have information to share? New hires, promotions, retirements, etc.
Put it in the Pennant!


Donor Recognition

We would like to recognize those who have contributed towards ASHRAE Research during the 2010-2011 ASHRAE Research Campaign. Coins were presented to the Silver and Bronze donors and certificates to the other Major Donors and Honor Roll Donors at the November meeting.

2010-2011 ASHRAE Research Campaign

$13,963 raised for ASHRAE Research by the Central PA Chapter in 2010-2011

Major Donors - Silver ($1000 - $2499)

  • McClure Company

Major Donors - Bronze ($500 - $999)

  • H.C. Nye Company
  • George A. Keller

Major Donors ($250 - $499)

  • Air Management Technologies, Inc.
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Cooper
  • William F. McQuade, PE, LEED AP

Honor Roll Donors ($100* - $249) *$150 for businesses

  • Alyssa A. Adams
  • Michael L. Bahn
  • Dr. William P. Bahnfleth, PhD, PE
  • Seth Bilger
  • Thomas F. Brown, Jr.
  • Carlisle Syntec Systems
  • Centerpoint Engineering Inc.
  • Bengt A. Dalemar
  • John T. Dawson, Jr.
  • Enginuity, LLC
  • Mark M. Graybill, PE
  • H&H Sales Associates Inc.
  • Kenneth E. Hickman
  • Kenneth Hutchison
  • HVAC Distributors
  • JDB Engineering Inc.
  • Vasant H Jethwa
  • Keller Equipment Sales Inc.
  • Leach Wallace Associates Inc.
  • Thomas M. Long, PE
  • Robert E. Miller, Jr.
  • NRG Controls
  • Andrew Odell
  • Nathan L. Potteiger
  • Mark A. Tome, PE
  • Trane
  • Daniel E. Wyrick

2012 ASHRAE Webcast


Sponsored by:


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Hear leading experts discuss the role of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems in the overall HVAC system and describe various DOAS equipment configurations, characteristics, and applications.  This webcast will identify common design and operational pitfalls, and cover challenges unique to DOAS.

This free webcast is brought to you by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee and sponsored by Valent Air Management Systems, Rotor Source, Inc., Engineered Air, and Heat Pipe Technology.

Region & Society News

Region III Dinner at ASHRAE Winter Meeting

Looking ahead to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, a dinner for Region III members has been organized for Monday, January 23, 2012 at The Rock Bottom Brewerey, 1 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. If you are interested in attending, return the form by January 16, 2012.


The Regionaire, a semi-annual newsletter from the officers of Region III, has been published, and is available at this link.

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