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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 ]
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.

Sep 4, 2011, 1:28 PM