ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo

ATLANTA – Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications. 

The ASHRAE Conference takes place Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found at, and Expo information at

In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education, the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The Technical Program features more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers over eight tracks: Systems and Equipment; Fundamentals and Applications; Industrial Facilities (new); Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications (new); Energy Efficiency; Life Safety (new); Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems (new); Hospital Design and Codes (new).  Specifically, the program features sessions on cold climate design, tall buildings, hospital and clean room design and data centers.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers 20 professional development seminars and short courses to stay current on HVAC&R trends. Among them is a new course on Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, in addition to updates to Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Training topics include commissioning, energy management, Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, energy efficient data centers, healthcare facilities, building energy audits, the coming smart grid and ground source heat pumps. Register at

Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six certifications on Jan. 28: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP); High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP); and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). Register at

The keynote speaker at the opening Plenary Session is Aron Ralston, adventurer and subject of the film 127 Hours. In April 2003, during a hike into a remote area of Utah’s canyon country in April 2003, Ralston accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand.  After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself with a cheap multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue.  Since his amputation, Ralston has written an internationally bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, later turned into a movie nominated for six Oscars.

Also offered are technical tours, which include Walgreens net zero store, a brewery   and McCormick Place.







Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE

Mr. John Harrod



Engineered Equipment Inc.

Governair Corporation

Temtrol, Inc.

Automated Building Systems, Inc.



ACP Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Bobbie J. Vermillion Memorial

Air Products Supply

APHCC – Association of Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors

CEC – Infrastructure Solutions

Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates

Matherly Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Mr. David H. O’Daniell, PE

Process Equipment Company Inc. – Oklahoma

R B Akins Company

Sheet Metal Industry Fund of Western Oklahoma



Mr. Florentino J. Mendez

Allen Consulting Inc.

B&L Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Harrison Orr Air Conditioning

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Willspec Technologies, Inc.



Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE Endowment

Mr. Donald C. Carter

Mr. Richard R. Ellis, Jr.

Mr. Royal B. Akins

Mr. Scott R. Akins

Mr. Stephen B. Pickle

Mr. Wayne T. Allen

050 Engineering Company

Air Technologies

Alvine Engineering

CH Guernsey & Company

CaptiveAire – Oklahoma

Darr & Collins LLC

Dense Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Dr. Jeffery D. Splitler

Engineered Systems & Energy Solutions, Inc.

Hardesty Team

Linihan Insulation

Logical Building Solutions, Inc.

MCD Company

Mr. Bryan D. Garcia, PE

Mr. Jeffery C. Linihan

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Optimum Energy Solutions, Inc.

PVI Industries – Ft. Worth

Quality Plumbing & Heating of Norman

R. L. Williams Company, Inc.

Saker Mechanical

Streets LLC – Mechanical Contractors

TME – Oklahoma City

Trade Mechanical Contractors

Veolia Energy Oklahoma, Inc.

Wattie Wolfe Company

ZRHD Zimwalt Ragsdale Inc., PC



Mr. Richard D. Marsh

Mr. Adam Shupe

Mr. Alan N. Loeffler

Mr. Bradford L. Ezell, PE

Mr. Charles D. Stoabs, PE

Mr. David M. Royal

Mr. Harold R. Dills

Mr. James D. Benedict

Mr. John B. Semtner

Mr. Joseph E. Sanders

Mr. Michael G. Hughes

Mr. Robert F. Erdman, Jr., PE

Mr. Samuel Shaun Sexton

Mr. Walter P. Mecozzi

Mrs. Stephanie A. Thomas

Ms. Dorris Loeffler



James L. Keas Memorial

Mr. Jeffery W. Austin

Ms. Liane F. Ozmun, PE


Another New ASHRAE Year in Central Oklahoma

President’s Message

By: Joe Sanders

September 8th marked the start of our chapter’s year with pristine weather conditions for our annual golf tournament.  The team, fielded by PVI, walked away with first place, Chris Dolan won the closest to the pin challenge, and Juergen Daniel took home the prize for the long drive.  Overall, the tournament was a great success.  I want to thank all that participated, especially those who sponsored the event.  This year R.B. Akins provided the platinum level sponsorship, while EEI, ABS, Matherly Mechanical, and CEC were our gold level sponsors.  In addition to their gold sponsorship, ABS also provided a Barbeque dinner for all the golfers.  The golf tournament is our largest single fundraiser each year.  Every dollar of profit is reinvested back into our industry thru research and scholarships. 

For the past 12 years that I have been involved in ASHRAE, Bryan Garcia has volunteered his time each year to putting on our tournament. During those years, Bryan has also served as treasurer, secretary, president-elect, and president of our chapter.  Without volunteers like Bryan, our chapter would be not successful.  We have a great base of leaders within our chapter, but we need more volunteers and new ideas.

In last month’s newsletter, historian Alan Loeffler wrote a profile on past-president David Royal. David was quoted in the article as being concerned for our chapter’s leadership pipeline.  At this time, we do not have a president-elect identified for next year; normally this would have been addressed several months ago.  While we believe that a couple of members have been identified who would accept the role, it is still troubling that our “pipeline” is so dry that it has taken this long to find a volunteer.  If you have ever had any interest in becoming more involved in ASHRAE at any level, please speak up.  We need your help to ensure that our chapter continues a long tradition of being one of the top preforming chapters in our region.  Volunteers can contact me at  .

I look forward to seeing everyone on October 1st at our first chapter meeting.  Make sure and read Michael Wilson’s CTTC article about our guest speaker Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague.  Secretary Teague’s department will have a direct impact on the future of our industry and this is our opportunity to get insight on what is ahead for our state’s energy policy.  I hope to see you all there.  

Joe Sanders

ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President

Joe Sanders

2014-2015 Chapter President

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