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The PENNANT
Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter
http://cenpenn.ashraechapters.org
January 2015
2014-2015 Board President's Message
2014-2015 Committee Chairs

In This Issue


Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

On behalf of the chapter board of governors, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, but alas it’s time to get back to business. Winter is also upon us and in full effect. Shake your winter doldrums by coming out to our January chapter meeting for a social hour, dinner, and to be enlightened by Tracey Jumper on commissioning processes for new and existing buildings. Our meeting is a week earlier than usual this month, so please don’t wait to get signed up!

At our December meeting we were treated to a tour of Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s new boiler heat recovery system. The system is quite impressive. The multiple stage system recovers stack heat from generating 150 psi steam to an exhaust temperature of around 130-140°F. Thanks to chapter member Kevin Kanoff, who works for PSHMC, for coordinating the tour and presentation.

We are now at the halfway point of the chapter year, and there is still a lot to come in 2015. Besides our normal professional program, the chapter is planning professional development seminars, a tour of the Turkey Hill dairy, a Product Show, a family night outing and last, but not least, our annual golf outing.

As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo will take place January 24-28 in Chicago. If you are planning to be in Chicago for the conference, you are also invited to the Region III Winter Meeting Dinner on the evening of Monday, January 26 at the Rock Bottom Brewery, not far from the conference hotel. The cost of the dinner is $50/person. For more information on the dinner, contact Gary Debes at gary.debes@comcast.net.

If volunteering is one of your New Year’s resolutions, please consider contributing your time to support the chapter. The chapter has many opportunities to volunteer, from serving on committees to participating on the board of governors. Another upcoming volunteer opportunity is participating as a judge for the 2015 Future City Competition. The Competition will be held on Saturday, January 24 at the PA State Museum in Harrisburg, and the topic is Feeding Future Cities. To sign up, contact Steve Roman at sroman@wbcm.com.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns that would like to share, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

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






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Employment Opportunities

Barton Associates

ENGINEERING of VALUE – We Make Buildings Work is Barton Associates’ mission statement. We are a nationally recognized consulting engineering firm with offices located in York, State College and Pittsburgh. We provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services for new construction and renovation projects. Our services range from energy studies and facility master planning to systems design and controls and commissioning services with a special focus on both the Healthcare and Educational markets.

We are currently seeking talented and motivated professionals to join our team.

Engineer (Mechanical or Electrical)

This position works with project teams to determine design criteria, drawing sequence, system design presentation, sizing of system components, equipment selection and system layouts. Engineer would interact with clients to discuss system design alternatives and recommended solutions and work with designers to implement projects. This position requires solid technical skills and communication with project team members.

Qualified candidates will possess an accredited Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Architectural Engineering degree and an active Professional Licensure. Candidate should possess a minimum of (6 - 7) years’ experience. Healthcare and Educational experience in a consulting engineering environment with advanced HVAC or electrical system engineering skills a plus. Advanced level working with AutoCAD required and experience with REVIT/BIM preferred.

Barton Associates offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package which includes: Paid Time Off, 401(k), Flex-time, Bonus plan, Health/Dental/Vision, and Life/Disability insurance. If you are interested in working in an exciting and growth-oriented environment with great opportunities for career advancement, please forward your resume in confidence to dls@ba-inc.com or by mail to:

Barton Associates, Inc.
Attn: Denise L. Stonier
Human Resources Administrator
Susquehanna Commerce Center – North Building
221 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
717-845-7654

Website: www.ba-inc.com

Barton Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equal opportunity in all its employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants.



Barton Associates

ENGINEERING of VALUE – We Make Buildings Work is Barton Associates’ mission statement. We are a nationally recognized consulting engineering firm with offices located in York, State College and Pittsburgh. We provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services for new construction and renovation projects. Our services range from energy studies and facility master planning to systems design and controls and commissioning services with a special focus on both the Healthcare and Educational markets.

We are currently seeking talented and motivated professionals to join our team.

Designer (Mechanical or Electrical)

This position works with Engineers to determine design criteria, drawing sequence, system design presentation, sizing of system components, equipment selection and system layouts.

Qualified candidates will possess an accredited Engineering or Architectural Engineering degree and have passed, or be in preparation for taking the FE exam and possess a minimum of 5 years of CADD/BIM Technician experience or a minimum of 3 years of electrical or mechanical design experience. Advanced level working with AutoCAD required and experience with REVIT preferred.

Barton Associates offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package which includes: Paid Time Off, 401(k), Flex-time, Bonus plan, Health/Dental/Vision, and Life/Disability insurance. If you are interested in working in an exciting and growth-oriented environment with great opportunities for career advancement, please forward your resume in confidence to dls@ba-inc.com or by mail to:

Barton Associates, Inc.
Attn: Denise L. Stonier
Human Resources Administrator
Susquehanna Commerce Center – North Building
221 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
717-845-7654

Website: www.ba-inc.com

Barton Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equal opportunity in all its employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants.



JDB Engineering

Manager - Mechanical Engineering Department

JDB Engineering, Inc. is part of the Nutec Group, an integrated provider of planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, facilities management, and construction services. With offices in Pennsylvania and Maryland, JDBE's professional staff has a diverse project portfolio including industrial, manufacturing, corporate, institutional, and governmental facilities. Our client-driven solutions are provided under direction of an experienced team of project managers that can guide a project from the initial stages of planning through design, construction, and occupancy. Specialized services include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, technology, structural, civil, geo-environmental, landscape, and green-building design. We have an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team as the Manager of the Mechanical Engineering Department in our York, PA office.

Responsibilities
This is an ideal opportunity for a high-energy individual who takes pride in their ability to take the initiative and make things happen! In this role, you will handle the following responsibilities and duties:

  • Continuously monitor and evaluate staffing requirements.
  • Provide technical training and professional development for department staff.
  • Establish staff assignments and manage department workload.
  • Provide ongoing technical oversight for department staff and project quality control.
  • Develop and maintain department standards.
  • Maintain department productivity goals.
  • Maintain department project schedules.
  • Manage department project budgets.
  • Manage department innovation goals.
  • Assist Project Managers and Director of Operations in developing project scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Incorporate company culture and administer company policies within the department.
  • Serve as lead mechanical engineer on multiple project teams and work with mechanical designers to successfully complete projects.
  • HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection system design.
  • Meet, communicate, and coordinate project requirements with owners, architects, and other designers and contractors.
  • Prepare specifications in AIA Masterspec format.
  • Prepare detailed construction cost estimates.
  • Prepare studies and reports.

Education & Experience Requirements

  • BSME or BAE degree with a minimum of 10 years progressive, technical experience in a consulting engineering firm.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and experience in preparation of mechanical construction documents, client management, and project supervision.
  • A Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.
  • Understanding of REVIT and AutoCAD is required.
  • Prior management experience a plus.
  • LEED AP a plus.

If you meet the requirements and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please send your resume and any additional credentials to: jobs@jdbe.com
EOE


Meeting Announcement

New Construction and Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx)

by

Tracey Jumper

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015



Location:


Holiday Inn, Harrisburg East

4751 Lindle Road, 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
06:30
Chapter business/announcements
06:45-07:45 PM Technical Session

Technical Session Topic:

New Construction and Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx)

Tracey’s presentation will define the New Construction and Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) processes based on Mid-AtlanTracey Jumpertic market drivers, and identify best practices and deliverables for implementing a successful project. The presentation provides next-level commissioning process training, geared especially for ASHRAE members.

Tracey is the President of the National Capital Chapter/Mid-Atlantic Region of the Building Commissioning association (NCCBCA) and Project Director for SmartWatt Energy, overseeing all retro-commissioning projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region and leading the company’s consulting services offering within this specialty.

Registration: Online or contact Pat Marks at (717) 771-7410 or patrick.c.marks@jci.com. (please include name, company and telephone number).
Deadline: Monday January 12th, 2015, 4pm.

Cost Structure
Member Status "Pre" Registered "At the Door"
Cash/Check CC/paypal
Chapter Member $30 $32 $35
Non Member $40 $42 $45
Retired Member $5
Students $5


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 who makes a reservation and does not cancel in advance of the deadline will be assessed the full meeting fee.


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
January 14 - 5:00-8:00 pm

Holiday Inn - Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

Research Promotion Night

New Construction and Existing Building Commissioning
Tracy Jumper

Feb 18, 2015

Holiday Inn - Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

Membership Promotion Night

Regional Chair Government Affairs / Sustainability
Dunston McCauley
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


Future City Competition


Future City


FUTURE CITY COMPETITION UPDATE & HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Central Pennsylvania Future City Competition will be held on January 24, 2015 at the State Museum in Harrisburg. In the competition, students work with a teacher and engineering mentor as they create cities of tomorrow using SimCity software; build a large, 3-D tabletop model of recycled materials; write an essay; and create an oral presentation. More than 30,000 students from 1,100 schools participated in Future City last year. This year's topic is: Feeding Future Cities. We will once again send the winner of our competition to Washington, D.C. to compete nationally.

Here's how you can help:
ENGINEERS: You can help out during the Competition by being a Judge.

COMPANIES: Companies can help with monetary donations or donations of prizes and small gifts for the students. All help is appreciated.

EVERYONE: Want to help, but not sure if you have the time available? Be a Volunteer the day of the competition! Volunteers will help keep things running smoothly the day of the Competition, including set-up, sign-in, and distribution of itineraries, lunch, and breakdown.

For more information on judging, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities contact Steve Roman at sroman@wbcm.com.


Member and Local News

New to ASHRAE membership

  • Bryan McCaffery
  • Scott Ford
  • Jeremy Benwood
  • Brian Bitner


Benefits of an ASHRAE Membership

If you’re a member of ASHRAE, you probably have good reasons. Let me remind you of a few benefits of your ASHRAE membership:

Professional Development. You’ll receive a copy of the ASHRAE Monthly Journal with interesting technical articles to add to your knowledge base as an HVAC professional. You’ll receive one volume of the ASHRAE Handbook each year. You’ll receive a subscription to a quarterly magazine on High Performing Buildings. You’ll receive the ASHRAE Insights e-newsletter. You can attend monthly chapter meetings in Harrisburg where there is always a technical presentation or facility tour.

Networking. You’ll meet others outside of your company who do what you do. You can find a mentor or have the chance to mentor someone. You’ll find others in the HVAC industry who have experience in projects similar to yours – take advantage of their experience. Find that next sales lead, or find your answer for a specific product question. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer in community events like Future Cities.

Reduced registration for the winter conference. If you’re planning to attend the conference in Chicago January 24-28 this year, you’ll save money. The difference in registration cost as an ASRAE Society member will pay your ASHRAE dues for a year.

Leadership opportunities. Participate on an ASHRAE technical committee or hold an office in the local Harrisburg chapter and build your leadership skills.

If you have any questions about your ASHRAE membership, don’t hesitate to call George Thompson, Membership Promotion Chair, at (717) 845-7654 or e-mail at get@ba-inc.com


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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

FREE ASHRAE WEBCAST

SAVE THE DATE
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 www.ashrae.org/Webcast for additonal information about the program, sponsorships, continuing education credits, speakers, and registration.