Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter
April 2014
2013-2014 Board President's Message
2013-2014 Committee Chairs

In This Issue

Dear Members,

It’s hard to believe it is April already and we are wrapping up the program year this month. However, we are going out with a bang and I believe we have something for everyone in the form of other events to end the year.

I want to say thank you to Randy Zimmerman from Titus for a great presentation on Air Distribution Design, Diffuser Selection and Displacement Ventilation. I also want thank everyone who participated in our YEA event held last month at Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA. It was a great event with a lot of new faces and some familiar ones as well.

This month brings us an exciting final program meeting (Student Activities Night) focused on student project presentations. Students from Penn State and Penn College will be presenting the results of their senior projects. The venue is at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA. Scholarships will also be presented to four students in the amount of $1,000 each at the meeting. Come help us celebrate this great achievement.

Finally you should be receiving emails highlighting our upcoming PDS event, Central PA ASHRAE Family Fun Night, and the July ASHRAE golf outing. Please be on the lookout for these exciting events to come.

Please check our website ( for additional event information and schedules. Thank you for supporting your Central PA chapter of ASHRAE.

David Bender, President, Central PA ASHRAE

Employment Opportunities

Leach Wallace Associates, Inc.

Mechanical Engineers

Leach Wallace Associates, Inc., a growing, consulting engineering firm, was established in 1990 with the purpose of providing comprehensive mechanical, electrical, and energy systems engineering design services for healthcare, institutional, commercial, industrial and governmental buildings.

  • Headquarters in Elkridge, Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington, DC
  • Branch offices in:
    • York, Pennsylvania
    • Charlotte, North Carolina

We are currently seeking mechanical engineers for our York, Pennsylvania office, with or without professional experience.

We are seeking entry level mechanical engineers or mechanical engineers with up to three (3) years of experience to design HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems for institutional buildings, especially healthcare and higher education. Under the supervision of a project manager, engineer performs:

  • Design calculations
  • Equipment selections
  • Layout of mechanical systems, including:
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Plumbing

Qualified candidates must have Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Architectural Engineering from an accredited college or university. New graduates and experienced engineers (with up to three (3) years of experience) will be considered. Knowledge of CADD and/or Revit is required. Healthcare experience a plus!

Benefits Package Includes:

  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401k & Profit Sharing Plan
  • Medical insurance
  • Room for advancement!

If interested, please contact Jim Gleba at (717) 747-5200 ext 3050 or email Resume and cover letter can be sent via email to

Brinjac Engineering, A Nelson Company

Mechanical Engineering Manager

NELSON and Brinjac Engineering are pleased to announce that we have joined forces to benefit clients and create new opportunities for growth. Brinjac Engineering, A NELSON Company, will function as the firm’s engineering division with services provided under the Brinjac brand. While NELSON has offered mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for many years, the acquisition of Brinjac will expand those services to include fire protection, building code consultation, lighting design, telecommunications, security, technology distribution, commissioning, structural, civil/site and environmental engineering.

We are always looking for people committed to providing exceptional engineering services and delivering innovative solutions. We are comprised of the industry’s most seasoned and talented engineers and their commitment to outstanding quality drives their passion. If you are looking for a growing, highly professional work environment and enjoy working with creative minds, this is the place for you. For more information, please visit and

We are currently seeking a licensed Mechanical Engineering Manager to manage all aspects of the mechanical engineering group. Reporting to the President of Brinjac Engineering, this position will be responsible for coordinating all scheduling, budgeting, staffing, and reporting activities of the mechanical engineering group. This position could be based in Harrisburg, PA or Philadelphia, PA.


  • Function as the primary point of interface with both internal and external clients and throughout all project phases including proposal creation and approval, scheduling, budgeting, invoice review and approval and other management functions
  • Coordinate, gather, and synthesize the requirements regarding staffing.
  • Maintain responsibility for project profitability by ensuring adherence to the schedule and fee budget.
  • Communicate and administer the “Best Practices” and quality expectations to the team
  • Establish group goals and objectives including, but not limited to, schedule and budget parameters.
  • Monitor and manage all communication between the project teams and the clients, consultants, contractors and vendors
  • Develop the project work-plans and activity schedules.
  • Monitor the team’s performance against the work-plans and project schedules.
  • Schedule and attend scheduling meetings, project status meetings, and presentations as required
  • Provide design guidance, mentoring and support to junior staff.
  • Interact with other Regional directors to determine scheduling and staffing needs.
  • Review the construction documents and specifications to ensure that the design quality is maintained
  • Validate that the design and construction documents are developed in a manner consistent with the company’s standards and industry practice
  • Communicate clearly that the client is the primary priority and encourage all team members to conduct themselves in accordance with that priority
  • May be asked to serve as a company representative during trade or industry conferences


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum 10+ years’ experience, including management of a team
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required
  • Experience with healthcare, labs, and/or pharma projects desired
  • Ability to travel as needed

We offer competitive wages based on skills and experience, excellent benefits package including; Paid Time Off, medical, dental, 401K, pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts, and more. NELSON is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have read this and feel this may be the career opportunity for you, please apply by emailing your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to . Please list the job title and location in the subject line. Due to the large volume of candidates, only qualified applicants will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies please.

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

Meeting Announcement -- Student Night

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 inviteadd to calendar


Appalachian Brewing Co.

50 North Cameron Street,  Harrisburg, PA 17111

Meeting Schedule:

03:30 - 05:00 PM Board of Governors meeting (open to all members)
05:00-06:00 PM Social/Networking Hour
06:00-06:30 PM Dinner served
Announcements and Scholarship Awards
06:45-08:00 PM Student Project Presentations

Student Activites Night:

Presentation of Senior Design Projects by Penn State and Penn College Students.

Please join the chapter in welcoming our student branches and guests from Penn State and Penn College during Student Activities Night. Student Night is a fun way to end the program year, and a great opportunity to meet bright students that represent the future of our industry and the future of ASHRAE. Students from both Penn State and Penn College will be presenting the results of their senior projects. Please come out and show your support to our student members!

Registration: Online or contact Mike Conchilla at 717-648-8192 or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday April 14th, 2014, 12pm.

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

Payment by credit/debit card and PayPal will be accepted through the online form. Only cash and checks will be accepted "at the door".

The chapter makes every effort to keep meeting fees as low as possible for our members and guests while still delivering a quality event. Anyone attending the meeting without a reservation will be assessed an additional $5.00 at the door. Also, anyone who makes a reservation and does not cancel in advance of the deadline will be assessed the full meeting fee.

Professional Development Seminar

Measurement and Verification for Engineers

Concepts, Methods, Applications, and Protocols

Kevin Warren, P.E.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 inviteadd to calendar

Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting 3.0 Professional Development Hours.

Abstract: Measurement and Verification (M&V) is a key element of many energy projects – it is the only way to know what was truly saved rather than what was predicted or/promised to be saved. This professional development seminar introduces the basic concepts of M&V and summarizes the primary M&V methods while underscoring the need for project-specific approaches. It also introduces the primary guidelines and protocols, including ASHRAE Guideline14. The course intent is to alert engineers to the areas in which they may want to offer M&V services or where their projects may be subject to M&V by a third party. It will touch upon LEED, ESCOs, ISO 50001, the PJM Forward Capacity Market, utility incentive programs, and performance contracting.

About the Lecturer: Kevin Warren, P.E., is the principal and founder of Warren Energy. Prior to founding the company, he was co-founder and principal of kW Engineering in Oakland, CA. As a registered Professional Engineer, he has led energy audits of millions of square feet of facilities and has conducted impact evaluation analyses for complex projects in many jurisdictions. He has also performed energy engineering analyses for hundreds of buildings and process facilities. This work has included conducting and managing field surveys of energy use, development of metering plans and installation of metering equipment, and identification and evaluation of energy-saving projects. He has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Licensed Professional Engineer in DE, PA, CA, MD, and NY. Kevin

Mr. Warren is a nationally recognized expert on measurement and verification (M&V) and impact evaluation. He is a Member of ASHRAE and an active member of the Efficiency Valuation Organization's (EVO) International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) committee. He recently represented EVO in efforts by the North American Energy Standards Board to create national standards for calculation of energy impacts and currently represents EVO in the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standards Collaborative. Kevin was recently part of the team revising the M&V protocols used by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). He is also a member of the Technical Advisor Group for NREL's Uniform EM&V Methods Project (UMP).

Seminar Schedule:
8:00-8:30 AM Registration and continental breakfast
8:30-10:00 AM Where is M&V used? / Intro to M&V Concepts
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:30 AM M&V Concepts (cont.) / M&V Options and Methods
3:45-4:00 PM Q&A /Program close

Online or contact Mike Conchilla at 717-648-8192 or (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday April 21th, 2014. This seminar will fill up quickly so register early!

Cost: $30.00, which includes beverages and a lite snack.

Payment by credit/debit card and PayPal will be accepted through the online form. Only cash and checks will be accepted "at the door".

2013-2014 Schedule

The Central PA Chapter 2014 program schedule is listed below. Please mark your calendars! Spring event dates and topics will be updated as the information becomes available.

Date & Location Event
April 16 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company Harrisburg, PA

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 17 - 1:00-4:00 pm
ASHRAE Webcast
Buildings in Balance: IEQ and Energy Efficiency
April 24 - 8:00am-12:00 pm
Holiday Inn -- Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA
Professional Development Seminar
Measurement and Verification for Engineers Concepts, Methods, Applications, and Protocols By Kevin Warren, P.E.
May 16

Metro Bank Park on City Island
Harrisburg, PA

Family Fun Night
Harrisburg Senators vs. Britain Rock Cats Baseball

Stick around for FIREWORKS following the game!
July 18th

Armitage Golf Course
Camp Hill, PA

Annual Golf Event
August 21-23rd

Richmond, VA


Revised 4/2/2014

Member and Local News

If you have any questions regarding membership please contact Pat Marks at 717-771-7410 or

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Adam Kelly
  • Frank Ballew
  • Christopher Barlow

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

ASHRAE Webcast

Tim McGinn
Calgary, AB
  Jerry Sipes
Price Industries
Suwanee, GA
  James Bochat
Commissioning Concepts
Phoenix, AZ

ASHRAE's upcoming webcast, titled Buildings in Balance: IEQ and Energy Efficiency, will broadcast live on April 17, 2014, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. This FREE webcast is brought to you by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee.

"This webcast will identify the link between energy efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) through the integrated design process," said Andy Cochrane, Chair of the CTTC Webcast Ad Hoc Committee. "Participants will be able to recognize the importance of the four cornerstones of IEQ and explain how system selection can benefit energy efficiency and IEQ. The presenters will describe best practices for Performance Measurement Protocols and explain the role of Post Occupancy Evaluation in fine-tuning building performance. Viewers will also learn about the common design, commissioning, and operational pitfalls of IEQ. 'Buildings in Balance' will describe how energy and efficiency can be achieved, without compromising IEQ."

The webcast presenters are:

  • James W. Bochat, LEED-AP, NEBB Cx, NEBB TAB, President, Commissioning Concepts, Phoenix, AZ
  • Tim McGinn, P.Eng., LEED, Principal, DIALOG, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Jerry M. Sipes, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President of Engineering, Price Industries, Inc., Suwanee, GA

Online registration for the webcast will begin on March 17, 2014. For more information on the webcast program, sponsorship opportunities, continuing education credits, and ASHRAE resources related to indoor environmental quality, visit If you have questions about the webcast, call (678)539-1200 or email

ASHRAE Technology Awards

If you have a recent project you feel is worthy of recognition due to its innovation in design, then consider submitting the project for an ASHRAE Technology Award.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ. Performance is proven through one year’s actual, verifiable operating data.

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:

  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

Each year the Society may present awards in six categories: Commercial Buildings (New and Existing); Institutional Buildings (New and Existing) (Educational Facilities and Other Institutional); Health Care Facilities (New and Existing); Industrial Facilities or Processes (New and Existing); Public Assembly (New and Existing); Residential (New and Existing). For each category first, second, and honorable mention winners may be named. Also, one of the category first place winners may be selected to receive the ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence. The recipient will have demonstrated the best overall compliance with the judging criteria.

Detailed information about the program may be found on the Society website by following this link:
Technology Award Program Overview, Requirements, Judging Criteria and Helpful Hints

Entries in the Chapter competition will be judged in late spring/early summer. If you have any questions regarding the submittal process, please contact Mike Conchilla, CTTC Chair at 717-648-8192 or

2014 Central PA ASHRAE Family Night!


Harrisburg Senators
New Britain Rock Cats

Friday May 16th, 2014
Metro Bank Park
City Island
Harrisburg, PA

5:30 - Gates Open, Buffet Starts,
7;00 - Game Starts
7:30 - Buffet Ends
Fireworks follow the game.

Save the date and join other members and their families for a night of fun and fireworks on City Island to see the Harrisburg Senators play the New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota Twins AA affiliate).


Tickets must be purchased in advance. Register online or contact Mike Conchilla at 717-648-8192 or with any questions regarding the event.

The chapter is discounting the tickets, and the costs to chapter members are:

Adults (13+): $18
Children (4-12): $8
Children under 4: Free