Thank you to all of those that made it to the September joint meeting with ASPE.  I think all would agree that the presentation did not disappoint.  It featured two KC ASHRAE past presidents – Kelley Cramm (1992) and Stuart Braden (2009) – sharing their project experiences providing steam condensate reuse for snow melt on historic building renovations.  There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to engineering, and there were a lot of insights to be gained from these two sharing their project knowledge and lessons. Our chapter owes a big debt of gratitude to Kelley and Stuart for continuing to volunteer their time and energy to our community.  The same can be said regarding many of our volunteers that dedicate themselves to the enrichment of our ASHRAE Chapter.  We can always use more, and we would love to welcome new faces into any of our several committees (including those for the upcoming CRC next summer!!).

Our October meeting will be another great opportunity to gain an edge in experience by studying the lessons learned from other projects.  Steve Bruning, an ASHRAE Fellow and past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, will be presenting on the sometimes hidden “Art” of load calculations.   This is a great opportunity to reevaluate our assumptions when it comes to the baseline of successful project designs.  A great learning opportunity for both the lesser and more experienced among us!

There are also plenty of new learning opportunities right around the corner at the ASHRAE winter meeting this year in Las Vegas.  Yes, you can go to Vegas this January and return older and wiser.  The meeting is Jan 28th through February 1st, and registration can be found here:–conferences/conferences/2017-ashrae-winter-conference


As always, contact me or any member of the board if you’d like to participate and don’t know where to start.



Jim Root

Chapter President 2016-2017