Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Registration & Social
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Lunch Served & Program

Make your reservation by Friday, January 8 (See Below)

Seattle Steam Company's Biomass Boiler Project
Stan Gent, President and CEO of Seattle Steam Company, will provide an overview of the biomass (wood waste) boiler project at the Western Avenue steam plant. This project reduces Seattle Steam's carbon footprint by 50%, or approximately 45,000 tons annually, and provides a renewable energy resource to nearly 200 downtown and First Hill buildings served by Seattle Steam.

Mr. Gent's presentation will dicuss the economic and environmental benefits of utilizing locally generated, clean, urban waste wood as an alternative to natural gas and oil as a heating fuel. He will also discuss the technical aspects of the plant design and provide an overview of project construction. Additionally, Mr. Gent will discuss the Seattle Steam 2020 Strategic Vision, a slate of projects Seattle Steam plans to implement through partnerships with local, state, and federal entities to maximize Seattle's use of renewable energy resources.

Stan Gent, President and CEO, Seattle Steam Company
A native of Ireland, Stan Gent graduated from Queens University in Belfast with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After immigrating to Canada in the 1970s, he started his career in the design and construction of power generation facilities for Ontario Hydro and Edmonton Power. Prior to working at Seattle Steam, Stan was President of Comfort Link, a district cooling company located in Baltimore, Maryland and the vice president of Engineering and Development for Chicago-based Unicom Thermal Technologies. Since joining Seattle Steam Company in 2004, Stan has been actively involved in Seattle's engineering, building, and development communities and is a strong supporter of the city's sustainability initiatives. Stan is a member of the Mayor's Green Building Task Force, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Seattle Rotary Environmental Committee. He also serves on the mechanical engineering advisory board for the University of Washington's College of Engineering.

Past Presidents & Happy 90th Birthday Rod Kirkwood!
We will honor the Chapter's Past Presidents at our January meeting.
Also, Past-President Rod Kirkwood will celebrate his 90th birthday on January 11. Join Puget Sound Chapter ASHRAE in celebrating this milestone with him at our January meeting.
Rod Kirkwood served as Puget Sound Chapter President in 1962, ASHRAE Region X Chairman in 1963-1964, and was ASHRAE Society president in 1973-1974. One of his most notable accomplishments as Society President was development of ASHRAE Standard 90-75 "Energy Conservation in New Building Designs", predecessor to today's Standard 90.1.
Make your reservation by Friday, January 8
Cost: ASHRAE Chapter Members $35; Guests $40; Students $15
To make your reservation go to the Acteva event web site:
If you have questions regarding registration, contact Scott Vollmoeller at svollmoeller@glumac.com or 206-262-1010.
For directions to Washington Athletic Club:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chapter Meeting Update - Panelists Added

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Red Lion Hotel - Lopez Room
1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon: Registration & Social
12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Lunch Served & Program

Register by Friday, December 11 (See Below)

Hospitals of the 21st Century
Exceptional Places to Heal and Work at Lower Costs

North American hospitals are responsible for 1% of total global energy consumption! The U.S. healthcare system consumes more than 15% of GDP. This program will outline metrics and strategies for improving the quality and cost of healthcare delivery at no additional capital cost to the ownership team while accruing tens of millions of dollars in operational and energy cost savings over the life of a healthcare facility.

A panel of design professionals, assembled by the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab, will provide insight to design strategies that integrate daylighting, electric lighting, thermal energy and HVAC systems into efficient designs to yield significant reductions in the immense global footprint of heathcare facilities.

Presenters will share lessons learned from the Integrated Design Lab and International Sustainable Solutions tour of Scandinavian hospitals conducted in June 2009. The Scandinavian hospitals studied on this tour use 1/2 to 1/4 the energy of a typical U.S. hospital, and quality drivers such as daylight, view, and fresh air are prominent in their designs.

The presentation will also provide an update on the Integrated Design Lab’s most recent advancements in the design team process, present schematic design prototypes used in the optimization of architectural and mechanical systems, and provide a discussion of the operational implications of leading edge high-efficiency design.

Program Presenters & Panelists:

Joel Loveland, Director
Integrated Design Lab – Puget Sound

Joel Loveland is the Director of the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab for Puget Sound and a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Professor Loveland graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Arizona State University and Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA, he is currently a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches design studio, lecture and seminar courses related to sustainability, the nature of light, landscape and architecture.

Heather Burpee
Research Associate and Health Design Specialist
Integrated Design Lab – Puget Sound
Heather Burpee is a Research Associate and Health Design Specialist at the Integrated Design Lab. She consults leading health design firms in the Puget Sound Region on best practices for high quality, energy efficient design for hospitals. As part of her consultation, she has established thorough research on energy efficiency of hospitals, working with leading mechanical engineers to establish goals to radically reduce energy consumption in this building typology. In the past two years, she has traveled extensively in Northern Europe studying innovative hospital design and its applicability to design practice in the U.S.

Mike Hatten, Principal
SOLARC Architecture and Engineering, Inc.

Mike Hatten is an internationally known engineer, recognized for his expertise in building energy efficiency and is a principal of SOLARC Architecture and Engineering, Inc. He combines a design, analysis and training background in his roles as project manager, educator and project engineer. He has conducted analysis efforts on more than 20 million square feet of residential, commercial and industrial space.

John Rowland, Partner
Notkin Mechanical Engineers
John Rowland has led the mechanical design of all of Notkin Mechanical Engineers’ work at Harborview Medical Center for the past 15 years and is active in the design of the firm’s healthcare and military projects. He recently participated on the Technical Advisory Committee for the latest Seattle Energy Code Revision and served as president for ACEC of Washington for the 2003-2004 term. He is a registered professional mechanical engineer and has 35 years of experience in renovations, tenant improvements, additions to existing buildings, and campus master planning. Mr. Rowland and has been a partner at Notkin since 1985.

Make your reservations by Friday, December 11, 2009

Lunch Menu: Rosemary roasted pork loin with a wine sauce and steamed baby red potatoes. Vegetarian entrees available.

Cost: ASHRAE Chapter Members $35; Guests $40; Students $15

To make your reservation go to the Acteva event web site:


If you have any questions regarding registration contact Scott Vollmoeller at svollmoeller@glumac.com or 206-262-1010.