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The Granite State Chapter is the newest chapter in Region I.  Prior to the Chapter’s inception, the members of ASHRAE in the New Hampshire area were forced to join chapters in near-by states in order to participate on a chapter level.  

On March 19, 1987 the Granite State Chapter received its Charter.  The first meeting was held in Manchester, NH.  

Despite our small size, the Chapter has consistently provided its members (currently at 238) with quality programs and information.


Historian:
Robert Najar 

Email:

Bob@etaassociates.com

July 2012 - History Granite State Chapter 2011-2012

posted Jul 15, 2012, 8:55 PM by president@nhashrae.org   [ updated Jul 15, 2012, 8:55 PM ]

 

ASHRAE Year 2011-2012 was the 25thyear of the Granite State Chapter.   We celebrated our 25th year. 
 
Chapter officers for the year were:
  • Joshua Benoist, PE, President, 1styear in the office
  • Rich Ruel, President-Elect, 1styear in the office
  • Chris Saltmarsh, Vice President, 1styear in the office
  • Chris Jacques, Secretary, 2ndyear in the office
  • John Grout, Treasurer, 1styear in the office

Board of Governors:

  • Don Miller
  • Joe Meyers
  • Tabitha Jason
  • Eric Corum
  • Olaf Zwickau

Committee Chairs were: 

  • Membership Promotion – John Grout
  • Research Promotion – Brice Kosnik
  • Student Activities – Ralph Draper
  • Sustainability – Ralph Draper
  • CTTC – Bruce Buttrick
  • Programs – Bob Studley
  • Newsletter – Eric Gelinas
  •  Web - Brice Kosnik 
  • Historian – Bob Najar
  • YEA - Rick Knowlton 
  • Publicity – Andrew Arsenault
  • Refrigeration - Olaf Zwickau
  • Attendance - Chris Saltmarsh
  • Nominating - Joshua Benoist
  • Government Liaison - Bruce Buttrick
CRC Delegate – Joshua Benoist, PE
CRC Alternate – Rich Ruel

The ASHRAE year began with the Region 1 Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) August 18 – 20 in New York City, NY. Among the awards presented to the Granite State Chapter was the TBD.

September saw our 3rd Annual Golf Outing at the Candia Golf Club attended by ASHRAE Region I - Steve Rosen. The Granite State Chapter was honored to be the first official Chapter visit by Steve. The golf outing was a financial success. In addition, this was the second year that awarded a free dinner to the winner of the Tech Challenge posted in the monthly newsletter. The Tech Challenge is part of sustainability program and invites members to be the first to submit the correct solution to an HVAC related problem.  Our September presentation was by Gary Phetteplace, PhD, PE about Development of an ASHRAE Design Guide for District Heating and Cooling Systems.  This showcased an ASHRAE Reserch project by a company right here in New Hampshire.

 
The October meeting was a tour of Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, NH, followed by dinner and presentation. David Desjardins, Product Manager of Laars Heating Systems gave a presentation focused on radiant cooling, including features & benefits, system components, applications, design criteria and sample
projects after the dinner. The tour and meeting was very well attended especially by our Student Members.
 
In October we held the Energy Modeling sessions.  We want to thank all of our presenters, Joe Cefaly of Mitsubishi, Ian Molloy of Autodesk, Brett Zerba of Taco Pumps, Neal Fisher and Ed Allen of Multiaqua, and Liam Buckley of IES VE.
 
In October we created a new Granite State website www.nhashrae.org.  We also purchased a tablet and projector to modernize our BOG sessions and have instant recording of BOG meeting notes.  This will help us to release meeting minutes which contains action items for attendees.

November's meeting was on rainwater harvesting and it’s use with HVAC systems-cooling towers by Bill Pink and Phil Pappas.

 
December saw our annual Student Poster Session which was very well attended.  Chapter President, Joshua Benoist, presented Elmore Merritt and TBD, student members from Manchester Community College, a $250 scholarship each from the Granite State Chapter.  December's meeting was on multi-zoning with variable water volume (VWV) systems by Neal Fisher.
 
In January, ASHRAE society announced a rebranding of the ASHRAE logos.
 
January 22 the ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Show was held in Chicago, IL.  4 members from the Granite State Chapter attended the meeting and trade show.
 
In January we held two meetings. The normal meeting was moved due to a snow storm to the very last day of the month.  It was held at the Fratellos in Manchester with a presentation by Harry Milliken on Natatorium Design. We also held a Joint meeting and facility tour on January 25th with AFE Chapter 140. Tour will be at the Buderus facility followed by dinner at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester.
 
February's meeting was by Peter Comeau of RECCO on Ammonia Refrigeration Design in Distribution Centers.

The March meeting was a TOUR of the wood chip boiler plant at the Merrimack Valley School in Penacook, NH. Following was a dinner and presentation
at the Red Blazer restaurant in Concord where Bill Root will be discussing the boiler plant design.

 
We sent a YEA member (Eric Corrum of Viega and a new board member) to the national YEA gathering in San Diego.
 
April was our annual joint meeting with the Maine ASHRAE Chapter and our Distinguished Lecturer, Jim Newman at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  Jim covered several subjects including: A technical session on saving energy with BeQ and the main presentation on saving energy with Integrated Design.  Joshua Benoist, PE did a presentation on saving energy with Integrated Design and BIM tools.

May was another tour, this time of the Life Sciences Building at Dartmouth College.  Bo Peterson and Dartmouth College Rick Jaros lead the tour and gave the presentation at Dartmouth. At this meeting the swearing in of officers for 2012-2013 was held.   

 
In May we held two more Energy Modeling sessions. We want to thank all of our presenters, Paul Bemis of CoolSim, Joshua Benoist of Autodesk.
 
On June 16th the 3rdAnnual Granite State Deep Sea Fishing trip was held in Newburyport, MA.

July 2011 - History Granite State Chapter 2010/2011

posted Sep 4, 2011, 1:24 PM by Brice Kosnik   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 1:29 PM by president@nhashrae.org ]

ASHRAE Year 2010/2011 was the 24th year of the Granite State Chapter. Chapter officers for the year were:
  • Joseph Myers, President, 2nd year in the office
  • Joshua Benoist, President-Elect, 2nd year in the office
  • Rich Ruel, Vice President
  • Chris Jacques, Secretary
  • Carol Maynard, Treasurer

Board of Governors:

  • Deanna Bradley
  • Ralph Draper
  • Don Miller
  • Chris Saltmarsh

Committee Chairs were:

  • Membership Promotion – John Grout
  • Student Activities – Ralph Draper
  • Sustainability – Ralph Draper
  • CTTC – Bruce Buttrick
  • Programs – Bob Studley
  • Research Promotion – Brice Kosnik
  • Chapter Historian – Bob Najar
  • Newsletter Editor – Eric Gelinas
  • Publicity – Andrew Arsenault

CRC Delegate – Joe Myers

CRC Alternate – Joshua Benoist

The ASHRAE year began with the Region 1 Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) August 19 – 21 in Watkins Glen, NY. Among the awards presented to the Granite State Chapter was the PAOE Star Award, Gold Ribbon Award, Sustainability Award, and Honorable Mention – Most Improved Chapter.

September saw our 2nd Annual Golf Outing at the Candia Golf Club attended by ASHRAE President Lynn Bellenger and husband Neal. The Granite State Chapter was honored to be the first official Chapter visit by Lynn. The golf outing was a financial success. In addition, this was the first meeting that awarded a free dinner to the winner of the Tech Challenge posted in the monthly newsletter. The Tech Challenge is part of sustainability program and invites members to be the first to submit the correct solution to an HVAC related problem.

The October meeting was a tour of the Laars Heating Systems plant in Rochester, NH, followed by dinner at the Granite Steak & Grill in Rochester. Bill Root, General Manager of Laars Heating Systems gave a presentation about the future trends in boiler design after the dinner. The tour and meeting was very well attended especially by our Student Members.

November saw our annual Student Poster Session which was again very well attended. 14 student members from UNH at Manchester displayed their posters. RVC for Student Activities – Om Taneja was in attendance. Om gave a presentation about the Region 1 activities and also served as one of the judges for the poster session. Chapter President, Joe Myers, presented Tom Casey, student member from Manchester Community College, a $500 scholarship from the Granite State Chapter. The meeting technical presentation was on Building Pressurization Control by Len Damiano of Ebtron.

January 29 – Feb 2 the ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Show was held in Las Vegas, NV. 10 student members from the Granite State Chapter were sponsored to attend the meeting and trade show. Due to a snowstorm back in New Hampshire, the students found themselves spending a few extra days in Las Vegas! In addition, another snowstorm resulted in our joint meeting with AFE being rescheduled to February.

In February we held two meetings. The normal meeting was held at the Red Blazer in Concord with a presentation by Mark Montesanto from Huntair on the Application & Control of Multiple Fan Arrays in AHUs. A joint meeting was also held with AFE in Manchester, NH with multiple presentations on the subject of Indoor Air Quality. The Honors and Awards Committee was established.

The March meeting in Concord was on Critical Environments and was a joint meeting between ASHRAE and Health Care Facilities engineers. Jerry Sipes of Price Industries gave a presentation on Air Distribution in Hospitals. Joshua Benoist presented Brandon Bergeron from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester a scholarship check for $600

April was our annual joint meeting with the Maine ASHRAE Chapter and our Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Thomas Lawrence at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Dr. Lawrence covered several subjects including: Extreme Event Engineering; Basics of High Performance Building Design; and Mechanical Design for Green Buildings

May was another tour, this time of the new ice arena at Plymouth State University. This very unusual project used geothermal wells to make ice and heat and cool the facility. Plymouth State University personnel and Andy Lane and Kevin Hogaboom of RFS Engineering lead the tour and gave the presentation at Common Man, Plymouth, NH. At this meeting the swearing in of officers for 2011/2012 was held. In addition, a Building Information Modeling (BIM) Group was established by Joshua Benoist and 4 meetings were held at AutoDesk in Manchester highlighting the major BIM modeling software systems.

On June 25th the 2nd Annual Granite State Deep Sea Fishing trip was held in Newburyport, MA.

Profiles in Granite State ASHRAE History - Deanna Bradley

posted Sep 4, 2011, 1:22 PM by Brice Kosnik   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 1:24 PM by president@nhashrae.org ]

DEANNA BRADLEY

Do you know that in 2012 the Granite State ASHRAE Chapter will celebrate 25 years?  The Granite State Chapter was officially approved by the ASHRAE Board of Directors at the January 1987 meeting in New York City.  The official Chapter Charter was presented by ASHRAE President Fredrick Kohlos on March 19, 1987 at the Highway Hotel in Concord, NH.

In anticipation of our 25th Anniversary in March 2012, we are going to spotlight some of the early leaders of the Granite State ASHRAE Chapter.  Our first profile is of our own Deanna Bradley!

Deanna participated in the creation of the Granite State ASHRAE Chapter.  Deanna had gotten into the HVAC business in 1983 – going to work for Buckley Associates.  She started part time as inside office help and then moved into estimating.  It wasn’t long before she was full time and heavily involved in estimating – all the while learning the HVAC business.  Through her contacts in the business, Deanna was asked to become involved in the steering committee to form a new ASHRAE Chapter in New Hampshire.  Prior to this, anyone in New Hampshire involved in ASHRAE was a member of the Boston Chapter.  Deanna recalls there were several meetings over several months at Angelo’s Restaurant on Hanover Street in Manchester.  Finally the Granite State Chapter was officially chartered!

Very early in the Chapter’s history, Deanna was Secretary, became Vice President for the 1988/1989 year, President Elect for the 1989/1990 Year, and on July 1, 1990 became the President for the 1990/1991 year.  So, Deanna was the 4th President of the Granite State Chapter and also the first female President of the Granite State Chapter!  Quite an accomplishment indeed!  As President Elect and then President, Deanna also served as our Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) Alternate and then Delegate for 1990/1991 and 1991/1992.  (In doing research for this article, I also learned that Deanna was presented with a plaque from the Chapter in 1988 for Outstanding Member!)

Serving as President was not the end of Deanna’s ASHRAE career however – she served the Chapter as Membership Promotion Chair from 1992 – 1995 and then as Research Promotion (RP) Chair from 2002 through June 2010.  Deanna enjoyed great success as RP Chair, and started our Annual Super Bowl Pool which raises money for RP.  She also organized the bus trip to New York City for the ASHRAE Meeting in 2009, which was a great fundraiser for the Chapter.  In addition, Deanna has served on the Chapter’s Board of Governors from July 2006 until the present time, and assisted Newsletter Editor, Dave Dussault for a number of years in the 1990’s.

Deanna also was very involved in putting on the CRC in Nashua, NH in 1993 – the first (and thus far only) CRC hosted by the Granite State Chapter.  Deanna worked with John Gratiot (Chapter President just before Deanna) along with several other Granite State ASHRAE members planning and hosting the CRC.  Deanna’s role for the CRC was Spouse Activity, and the Spouse Activity that year was a trip to Canterbury to Shaker Village.  Appropriately, in recognition for her efforts, Deanna was presented with a beautiful Shaker Workshop Clock inscribed with the chapter name and Region 1 CRC 1993.

In her professional life, Deanna worked at Buckley Associates from 1983 – 2000, joined ADC in outside sales from 2000 – 2007, moved to S.J. Ginns in outside sales from 2007 – 2009, and then joined Boston Air Products from 2009 until 2011.  In early 2011, Deanna decided to retire from the HVAC business and take a part time job at Kohl’s Department Store.

Deanna was one of the early leaders of the Granite State ASHRAE Chapter.  We are deeply indebted to Deanna for the leadership she has provided the Chapter since the beginning.  A big THANK YOU!!  to Deanna for all you have done!

Joe Myers, April 2011

Do you have any old ASHRAE Handbooks ??

posted Sep 4, 2011, 1:20 PM by Brice Kosnik   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 1:21 PM by president@nhashrae.org ]

We are Looking for Old Books and Chapter Records

Greetings. As the new Chapter Historian, my primary function will be to collect and organize the chapter's records. I am also interested in old ASHRAE handbooks (prior to 1975). If you have any, and you do not need them, please consider donating them to be kept as part of the Chapter's collection of historical ASHRAE documents and artifacts.

I would also be interested in old Granite State Chapter records from before mid nineties. If some of the old Board members have copies of any of those old records please let me know.

My plan for this year is to write a few articles on old HVAC systems in New Hampshire as well as writing a short biography of one or two longtime chapter members.

Erick.

Click HERE if you would like to contact Eric with information about old books or records that you may have.

PRESIDENTS - GRANITE STATE CHAPTER

posted Sep 4, 2011, 1:18 PM by Brice Kosnik   [ updated Sep 4, 2011, 1:20 PM by president@nhashrae.org ]

1987 – 1988                    Michael Shattuck

1988 – 1989                    Otto Radle

1989 – 1990                    John Gratiot, PE

1990 – 1991                    Deanna Bradley

1991 – 1992                    Eric Flinkstrom, PE

1992 – 1993                    Andrew Arsenault, PE

1993 – 1994                    Don Miller

1994 – 1995                    John Teller

1995 – 1996                    Kelley Sauberlich, PE

1996 – 1997                    Paul Gosslin

1997 – 1998                    Richard E. Dussault, PE

1998 – 1999                    Daniel P. Frasier

1999 – 2000                    Bo K. Petersson, PE

2000 ­– 2001                    Bruce Merges

2001 – 2002                    Wayne Vanasse

2002 – 2003                    Bruce Buttrick

2003 – 2004                    Bruce Buttrick

2004 – 2005                    John E. Price III

2005– 2006                     Ralph Draper

2006– 2007                     Ralph Draper

2007– 2008                     Don Carrington

2008– 2009                     Don Carrington

                               2009– 2010                     Joseph Myers

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