Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter
November 2014
2014-2015 Board President's Message
2014-2015 Committee Chairs

In This Issue

Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

Well it's finally starting to feel like fall. The air is cooler, the days are shorter, and the trees are giving up their leaves. Dare I say that winter is just around the corner. I'm not quite sure that I've fully recovered from last year's brutal winter. Let's hope that calmer weather prevails.

Last month's chapter meeting was "jam-packed" with activity. Nearly 50 members and guests attended as we recognized our Past Presidents, 14 of which were in attendance, as well a long list of generous donors to ASHRAE Research. The chapter also presented Chapter Service Awards to four of our members, all of which are also Past Presidents. Congratulations to Tom Long, Todd Postlethwait, Mark Graybill, and Andrew Odell. We thank you for your past and current service to our chapter.

For the technical program, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer James Tauby gave an engaging talk on the topic of seismic restraint of mechanical systems, complete with plenty of visual aids.

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday November 18, instead of the normal third Wednesday. We will again be joining with AFE, ASME, AEE and USGBC in hosting the Energy Conservation Forum at Armstrong World Headquarters. Topics presented will include energy trends, lighting efficiency, energy benchmarking, roofing and envelope energy losses, and chiller efficiency. Multiple PDHs will be awarded for attending, so it's definitely worth the price of admission.

A brief update on the chapter LinkedIn group; We currently have 90 members and counting. If you use LinkedIn, please join our group. And if you already have joined, please feel free to share thoughts or start discussions that you think are relevant to the mission of ASHRAE and would be of interest to our members.

Lastly, we are planning another YEA Happy Hour for early December at Tröegs Brewery in Hershey. All chapter members, young and young at heart, are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

I hope to see everyone at the Energy Conservation Forum at Armstrong in Lancaster.

Best regards,

Michael Conchilla, PE, CEM, ASHRAE BEAP
President, Central PA ASHRAE

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Employment Opportunities


The Department of General Services has a job opening for Design & Construction Project Manager (Mechanical) located in Harrisburg, PA. Implements and administers design services for construction projects, with emphasis on renovation, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection projects. Develops scopes, solicits and reviews proposals, develops and facilitates work orders, and manages the design process. Prepares or reviews mechanical drawings, specifications, reports, cost comparisons, budget estimates, etc. Provides assessment of conditions, analysis of technical problems, design, CADD, and implementation of emergency and limited scope construction.


Six years of professional building design, construction administration, or construction management experience for renovations and new construction for commercial, institutional, or educational buildings, and a bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, construction management, construction science, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Possession of valid licensure as a Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, Professional Land Surveyor, or Professional Geologist by the Commonwealth of PA, or a reciprocal jurisdiction; or possession of valid professional level certification issued by a nationally recognized and accredited professional certification program in Master Level of Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

$58,719 - $89,213, plus attractive benefits package.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Jorgette Freysinger at or Dept. of State/General Services, Human Resources, Room 500 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17125 (telephone: 717.787.6679). Deadline for submission of letter of interest and resume is 12/2/14.

PA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

Contact Josh Zimmerman (717) 571-4397 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Meeting Announcement

November: Energy Conservation Forum - Joint Meeting with AFE, ASME and AIChE

Please join us for a joint meeting of the AFE Eighth Energy Conservation Forum with AFE, ASME, AIChE on Tuesday, November 18, 5PM-8:30PM at the Armstrong Innovation Center, 2500 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster. A security guard will direct you to the parking area. A map of the meeting location may be found at this link:

This should be an exciting program presented by experts in chosen fields where we see important changes coming or already happening in the generation of energy; technology to assist in the reduction of energy consumption; and government regulations likely to change the costs to consumers.

Time Topic
5 PM Doors open for arrival, food available
5:45 PM Introductions, Facilities Review
6:00 PM Energy Trends
6:25 PM Lighting
6:50 PM Benchmarking Energy Use At Your Facility
7:15 PM Break
7:25 PM Roofing Energy Losses
7:50 PM Chiller Efficiency
8:15 PM Final Questions And Conclusion
8:30 PM Program Close

Register and pay online. You can also contact Pat Marks with questions at 717-771-7410 or (please include name, company and telephone number).

Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2014.

Chapter Members: $32.00

Non members: $32.00

Students: $5.00

Retired: $5.00

Certificates of attendance documenting 2 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be available for meeting attendees.

KEEA Annual Energy Efficiency Conference

The Utility of the Future


KEEA is proud to announce our annual Energy Efficiency Conference. This year's 2014 conference will be hosted at the Crowne Plaze Harrisburg Hotel on Thursday, November 13th with the Annual KEEA Members Annual Meeting to take place November 14th.

Last year's conference was the best one yet! Over 180 attendees participated, with 10 amazing conference sponsors, and 13 wonderful exhibitors.

This years' conference includes speakers like Kelly Speakes-Backman, MD PUC; Andy Padian,The Community Preservation Corporation; Gene Rodrigues, ICF; and more! See this years' agenda here.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available! Please find details at the bottom of this screen and sign up here, or contact Matthew Wilk at for more information!

We have a block of hotel rooms at a group rate ($110/ room) at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg so call (717) 234-5021 today to book your room!

For more info, please visit

Young Engineers in ASHRAE Networking Event



You are invited to:

A Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Networking Event sponsored by Victaulic

Mad Elf Happy Hour


Troegs Brewery

If you are an ASHRAE member age 35 or younger, you are a Young Engineer in ASHRAE! Join fellow YEA members, chapter members and guests to network, socialize and learn about our new mentoring program. Beer, a self guided brewery tour, and snacks will also be provided.

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Time: 5 to 7 PM
Location:Troegs Craft Brewery
200 E Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA

Cost: YEA & ASHRAE Members FREE!

RSVP: Sign up by November 28, 2014

2014-2015 Schedule

The Central PA Chapter 2014-2015 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
November 18 - 5:00-8:00 pm

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
2500 Columbia Ave,
Lancaster, PA

Energy Conservation Forum, Joint Meeting
December 4 - 5:30-7:30 pm

Troegs Craft Brewery
200 E Hershey Park Dr,
Hershey, PA

YEA Event: Mad Elf Happy Hour!
Networking Event and Social
Open to all Members
December 17 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr,
Hershey, PA

Hershey Medical Center Central Plant Tour / Membership Promotion Night
January 14, 2015


Commissioning Presentation
Feb 18, 2015 Regional Chair Government Affairs / Sustainability
March 4, 2015

Tentative @ Turkey Hill Facility
Marietta, PA

Refrigeration Tour of Turkey Hill Facilities
April 15, 2015 Student Night
April 23, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm Free ASHRAE Webcast
New Tomorrows for Today's Buildings: Existing Building Commssioning

Member and Local News

New to ASHRAE membership:

  • Nataraj Kumar Hariharan
  • Tumer Fox Reshetar
  • David Socha
  • Douglas Kester
  • Icksoo Kyung

Past Presidents Night:


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

Grassroots Government Affairs

Pennsylvania House Bill 34 and ASHRAE

Pennsylvania House Bill 34 is an Act requiring the design, construction and renovation of certain State-owned or State-leased buildings to comply with specified energy and environmental building standards. The bill passed the State House last year and has now been re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Of interest to ASHRAE is that it mentions ASHRAE Standard 90.1 specifically. It also alludes to other areas of interest for ASHRAE such as indoor air quality and environmental health as well as building rating systems.

Time for ASHRAE member input is limited. The Grassroots Government Activities Committees (GGAC) of all PA ASHRAE chapters are coordinating efforts on how to best advocate the benefits of utilizing ASHRAE standards in the bill. Individual Chapter members can contact their State Senators in support, and can also contact our GGAC chair Phil Groff with comments, or if they are interested in participating on the GGAC.

ASHRAE Webcast


April 23, 2015
1:00-4:00 pm EDT

This FREE webcast will feature industry experts who will define the benefits of existing building commissioning for the environment, occupants, operations staff, and overall ownership costs. Viewers will be able to recognize the varied scopes of commissioning, when to apply comprehensive versus focused commissioning, and best practices in existing building commissioning specifications & contracting.

Visit for additonal information about the program, sponsorships, continuing education credits, speakers, and registration.