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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
ASHRAE HRC held a live Ground Source Heat Pump webcast at Old Dominion University’s Gornto Hall on April 21st. The webcast featured leading heat pump experts explaining how site, climate, building, HVAC system, and ground characteristics affect ground heat exchanger design, how ground source system design enhances efficiency, and how to avoid design and operations pitfalls. If you missed the webcast, please visit ASHRAE Webcasts where you can register and view the webcast from your personal computer until May 5th.
The Hampton Roads Chapter ASHRAE had a pizza luncheon Thursday, April 14th for students interested in ASHRAE. Nathan Luetke is a professor for ODU’s Engineering Technology department and has volunteered to become HRC ASHRAE’s student chapter advisor. Nathan has been working with Gary Hayden (HRC ASHRAE past president and active student activities chairman) in starting the student chapter and engaging students interested in ASHRAE. Rob Ainsley, Gary Hayden, and Scott Almond (HRC ASHRAE representatives) teamed up with Nathan to talk with several students and present the benefits of becoming a student member and starting a student chapter. The students were fully engaged in the conversation and eager to chapter operations. We would like to thank Professor Nathan Luetke for stepping into this very important role and all of his great work.
The Hampton Roads Chapter of ASHRAE conducted a technical tour of the region’s newest healthcare facility Monday evening, April 11th. The tour included brief, non-commercial presentations by the construction manager and vendor representatives of the mechanical and electrical equipment provided on the project. The tour also included a visit to the central utility plant to view the facility’s chillers, boilers, pumping packages, cooling towers, electrical distribution, and emergency power equipment. We also toured the patient tower penthouses which house the facility’s air handlers, as well as, the hospital’s operating suites and security monitoring room. The evening concluded at a local restaurant where members gathered to network and socialize. We would like to give special thanks to Bob Gutierrez, the project manager for the general contractor, who was instrumental in setting up the tour. We would also like to thank the vendor representatives and tour attendees for their participation.