Tuesday, February 21, 2012

National Engineering Society Celebrates National Engineers Week

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Feb. 21, 2012  

Contact: Amanda Dean
Public Relations

National Engineering Society Celebrates National Engineers Week

ATLANTA –Engineers don’t just shape our buildings and infrastructure; they help transform our world.

Atlanta-based ASHRAE is a partner in the National Engineers Week program (Feb. 19-25), which celebrates the contributions that engineers make to our society and encourages engineering as a career path among young students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. For specific information about the program, please visit www.EWeek.org.
“National Engineers Week is so important because it highlights the crucial role of engineering in our everyday lives” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin said. “Additionally, it gives engineers a chance to mentor and develop the future leadership of the industry—a key pillar of my presidential theme. The students and young engineers who are participating in this week’s events have the potential to influence and change engineering as we know it.”

ASHRAE has served as lead organization in National Engineers Week several times. The last time, in 2011, ASHRAE launched the New Faces of Engineering: College Edition program as part of the weekly celebration; College Edition complements the Society’s legacy program started in 2003, New Faces of Engineering.

New Faces of Engineering: College Edition recognizes outstanding juniors or seniors enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program who are proving themselves to be leaders in the field of engineering.

ASHRAE’s first New Face of Engineering: College Edition is Ibrahim Adewale Ogundeko, third year, mechanical engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. Ogundeko believes that if mechanical engineering were a part of speech, it would be a verb because “it is an action profession.” “Whatever is vividly envisioned, ardently desired and enthusiastically acted upon will inevitably come to pass in mechanical engineering,” he said. Ogundeko holds leadership positions in several engineering clubs and societies, including president, ASHRAE student branch; assistant secretary, Mechanical Engineering Students’ Association; and even plays for the Mechanical Engineering soccer team. Ogundeko will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help him continue in his mechanical engineering education.

The New Faces of Engineering program promotes the accomplishments of young engineers across various disciplines by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on public welfare. The program targets those age 30 and younger.  Engineering associations, societies and government groups nominate candidates each year which are selected for recognition in USA Today.

ASHRAE’s New Face of Engineering is Amy Jarvis, mechanical engineer, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, Portland, Ore. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif. As an engineer committed to local, national and global sustainability, Jarvis is one of three lead authors of the World Health Organization’s forthcoming “Healthcare in the Green Economy, How Carbon Reduction May Impact Health in Health Sector Services,” for which she developed strategies combining reduced carbon impact with improved health care and is also a contributing author to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) for Healthcare Reference Guide. She is the lead energy analyst and LEED coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s first LEED project and a key team member and lead energy modeler for the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition to develop the hospital of the future with a near-zero environmental impact.  Jarvis works with Healthcare Without Harm to develop guides for low-resource facilities to implement these strategies. Jarvis will be featured in a full-page ad in USA Today along with other participating societies’ New Faces, as well as represent ASHRAE at the Annual Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Meeting in London, U.K., this April.

Several events will take place in conjunction with National Engineers Week, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 23) and the Future City Competition (Feb. 21),  at which ASHRAE members will serve as judges and award the Best Indoor Environment and Most Sustainable Building award.

Additionally, Representatives Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.) introduced a resolution with 23 bipartisan cosponsors supporting the goals and ideas of National Engineers Week. With the encouragement of ASHRAE, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas, as well as the mayor of New York City, were among those that also issued proclamations supporting EWeek.

“In these uncertain times, we always look for ways to promote future job creation, educating America's youth about engineering and science needs to be a national priority,” Lipinski said in a speech on the House floor. “Each year, National Engineers Week seeks to do just this through events aimed at inspiring students and fostering public awareness of the vital contributions made by engineers.”

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Job Posting - City of Seattle

The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) is seeking to hire a Resource Conservation Coordinator to lead the development and implementation of a Resource Conservation Management Plan (RCMP) for the City of Seattle. This position will work in coordination with OSE and multiple departments to create a comprehensive strategy to guide energy efficiency and water conservation investments across departments and in all existing City facilities.  In addition to the necessary data analysis for the Plan, this position will lead data gathering, analysis and verification for the City’s municipal operations greenhouse gas inventory.
The RCMP will be used to inform City policy and investments and will outline the strategies, processes, and funding mechanisms required to meet the City’s short- and long-term resource conservation goals, including a 20% reduction in energy use by 2020. The RCMP would include a comprehensive municipal building inventory, including information on resource intensity, building characteristics, and utility information; a process for tracking resource consumption, assessing efficiency opportunities, and identifying capital projects; and a process for prioritization and developing cost-effective investment packages.  The Conservation Coordinator will require a broad range of skills including technical expertise, knowledge of financing mechanisms and proficiency with policy development. The position will also require extensive collaboration with utilities and across departmental lines and will advise elected officials and senior management.
 Job Responsibilities:
  • Lead process to develop and implement the RCMP;
  • Develop budgeting mechanisms and identify financing opportunities;
  • Create and maintain centralized energy and water consumption database, and monitor resource use;
  • Coordinate City department efforts to implement RCMP and achieve City's efficiency goals;
  • Create and staff a City Resource Conservation Steering Committee;
  • Manage process for ongoing assessment, project priorization, audits, recommissioning, etc;
  • Help manage conservation projects for departments that do not have resource conservation managers;
  • Conduct the City's municipal operations greenhouse gas inventory.
Required Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, engineering, architecture, environmental science, economics or other related field required. The equivalent of four years of experience in resource conservation, budget or policy analysis and development, technical project management, or a related field. Technical understanding of building science and HVAC systems. Familiar with financing models and cost benefit and life-cycle analysis techniques. Experience advising senior management on policy development, program direction, and allocation of resources. Experience leading multidisciplinary teams across organizational lines and the ability to work collaboratively and successfully with stakeholder groups. Strong leadership, analytical and communication skills. Ability to work well independently and in a collaborative environment. Ability to manage workload and priorities. Ability to work with demanding and competing deadlines. 

Desirable Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in business or public administration, engineering, architecture, environmental science, economics or other related field. Four years experience developing, implementing and financing effective energy/resource conservation management programs.  A breadth of experience in public policy, finance, utilities, public administration, green building and environmental systems. Experience serving elected officials and the public.
 Additional Information:
Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.

This position is grant funded and has guaranteed full-time funding through 2012.  Continuation of the position at full-time status beyond 2012 is dependent upon obtaining additional funding.

NOTE: The title, salary and position status is subject to final classification approval.

Visit www.seattle.gov/environment

Monday, February 13, 2012

Job Posting - The Greenbusch Group, Inc.

-       Consulting firm seeking Mechanical HVAC/Plumbing Engineer.
-       This position requires verified experience and education in the design of HVAC and plumbing systems, excellent communication skills, and proficiency in AutoCAD 2009 & RevitMEP.
-       Responsibilities will include project management, supervision, drawing checking, design of HVAC/Plumbing systems, etc.
-       The position may also involve writing specifications and reports. Experience in a consulting environment, skill with Microsoft Word/Excel, and familiarity with the design and construction processes of publicly funded projects are desirable.
-       A documented technical degree in an applicable field or EIT/PE is desirable.
-       Position reports to Senior Mechanical Engineers.
-       We offer competitive salary and great benefits.
-       We seek a trustworthy, industrious individual who enjoys this work and is looking to join a great team.
-       If you have a passion to learn, work hard and have fun while doing great work, please send your resume to: The Greenbusch Group, 1900 West Nickerson, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98119; fax 206.378.0569; email Word/PDF to info@greenbusch.com.

Sara E. McPhail Marketing Coordinator
The Greenbusch Group, Inc.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

AIA Seattle - This Week in Design

AIA Seattle

This Week in Design

February 2, 2012

Highlight of the Week  

WMIGDesigners in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world's most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates your achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge®. Through live interviews with shortlisted project teams, WMIG? educates and inspires the larger design community with creative solutions for sustainability. The submittal process is planned as a companion to AIA National COTE's Top Ten Green Projects Awards so you can leverage one submittal for both programs to simultaneously showcase your expertise regionally and nationally.

Key Dates

February 21 Submission Preparation Class
February 27 Registration Deadline (late fees apply after February 27)
March 7 Final Submission Deadline by 5pm
April 6 Shortlisted Teams Notified
April 18 Shortlist Team Presentations and Awards Announcement and Reception 

AIA Programs and Opportunities 

February 3 Deadline: Participate in the 2012 Seattle Home Show. Member Firms only.

February 7: Home Design 101: Getting Started. 6:30-8PM @ Siematic Seattle.

February 8: Waterfront Seattle Presents: Mobility and Access. Co-presented by AIA Seattle. 5:30PM @ Town Hall Seattle. 

February 9-10: Medical Design Forum and Project Tour. @ PSE Bellevue and and Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup. Presented in collaboration with AHP. 12CEH/12HSW/12LU.

February 15: Waterfront Seattle Presents: Uniquely Seattle. Co-presented by AIA Seattle. 5:30PM @ Town Hall Seattle. 

February 18-26: Visit AIA Seattle at the Seattle Home Show in Booth 736. Are you a member firm interested in staffing the booth? Contact Debra Haraldson.

February 18: How to Select and Work with an Architect. 6:30PM @ the Seattle Home Show.

February 20: How to Select and Work with an Architect. 2:30PM @ the Seattle Home Show.

February 24: AIA+2030 Session 2: Getting to 60: The power of targets & load reduction. Part of the 10-Class AIA+2030 Series 4.  

February 27: Registration Deadline for What Makes it GREEN?

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AIA Seattle Committee Meetings 

February 2: Practice and Ethics. Noon @ AIA Seattle.

February 3: Architect's Networking and Resource Group. 10AM @ AIA Seattle.

February 7: Diversity Roundtable. 4PM @ AIA Seattle.

February 8: Design Committee. Noon @ AIA Seattle.

February 9: Historic Resources. 4PM @ AIA Seattle.

February 13: Custom Residential Architects. Noon @ AIA Seattle.

February 15: Committee on the Environment. 4PM @ AIA Seattle.

February 17: Architect's Networking and Resource Group. 9AM @ AIA Seattle.

Committee meetings are open to all members and non-members.  Find out how to get involved.

Member News

Welcome to Matt Adamson of Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC as our newest Allied Professional member.

Christopher Patano AIA will be chairing the new 2012 Student Design Awards Program for AIA Washington Council.

EHS Design, Inc. added three staff members: Roberto Ramirez and Megan Murdock, LEED AP as Intern Architects and Danielle Nevils, Associate IIDA, LEED Green Associate as Interior Designer.

Several member firms and CAPs were recognized by the Seattle Design Commission as part of the 2010-2011 Design Excellence Awards: Schacht Aslani Architects for Fire Station 30; Mithun for Summit Slope Park; Callison and GLY Construction for Block 101 Alley Vacation Public Benefits; and KPFF Consulting Engineers, Berger Partnership, and Runberg Architecture Group PLLC for Swale on Yale. 

Thank you to Joel Loveland, Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick, Jack Avery, Duane Allen, Todd Stine, Charles Chaloeicheep and Tom Boysen for presenting at the AIA+2030 Professional Series session 1 on January 27, Setting and Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design.
Are you a member, member firm, or AIA Seattle Corporate Allied Partner with news to share with our membership? Click here for instructions on how to submit to This Week in Design, our weekly Enews. 

Advocacy and Public Affairs

The AIA Government and Community Relations team launched a new web page that will provide better, more targeted content that is updated daily and better highlights the great efforts that all AIA members are making at the federal, state, and local levels to advocate for the profession.
In the Community  

February 2: Theaster Gates: To Play a People's Music. Presented by the UW College of Built Environments and the Seattle Art Museum. 

February 2: OpenHouseNorthwest. 5:30PM @ GGLO's Space at the Steps, 1301 First Avenue, Seattle.

February 9: Recent Changes to Construction and Environmental Law That Will Affect Your Business. Presented by Lane Powell. For information contact Lani Holmes.

February 9: Discussion Session.s on High Performance Codes. Presented by Seattle DPD. 

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