January 2020  

Scholarship Update

Deadline Arrives for Chapter Engineering Scholarship Applications

The deadline for Illinois ASHRAE Scholarships in 2020 is January 31st. The Illinois Chapter plans to award up to four scholarships to deserving college students interested in pursuing studies in engineering, science or mathematics that are fundamental for a career in the HVAC field. Time is running short to submit your application, but it's quick and simple to apply.. Applicants do not need to be ASHRAE student chapter members.

Don't miss this opportunity to lower your college educational expenses. For additional information and application form, click here. Please submit your application by Jan. 31, 2020. The Chapter plans to introduce scholarship winners at the April 2020 membership meeting.

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Meeting Announcement

Feb 11 Meeting:
Making Smarter Buildings with Data Analytics

The Illinois ASHRAE is collaborating with BIG-CHI (Building Intelligence Group) to bring an informative panel discussion and tell the story of Data Analytics and Monitoring-Based Commissioning Platforms. We hope you’ll join us for this featured presentation, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont, IL. Learn about IT and security concerns while launching these platforms, the physical/equipment limitations and requirements, how to manage data in smart buildings, and how to create a smarter deliverable for the future. Discover the plusses of these platforms and hear pertinent war stories related to launching them and making the best use of big data. Find out more at Online registration is now open.


Professor and Professionals Plan a Better Workplace

(From left) Panelists Deirdre McDaniel, Managing Principal at WMA, a Salas O’Brien company; Ruairi Barnwell, Principal at DLR Group; and Cherish Samuels, U.S. Building Standards Lead & Principal M.E. for McDonald’s Corporation, described progressive workplace changes that accommodate family and other special needs of today’s professionals while maintaining productivity and high work standards. They were preceded by (inset) Jaclyn Jensen, Associate Professor of Human Resources at DePaul University, who outlined the challenges and obstacles in Building a Better Workplace at the Jan. 14 meeting held at Rock Bottom Brewery.

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Technology Awards

Ten Projects Receive Technology Awards

The Illinois ASHRAE’s long-running annual Technology Awards program introduced the award winners for 2019 at its Holiday Party on December 10. Laura Michel (Trane), who took over the Tech Award Chair duties this year, did not skip a beat assembling a panel of 17 judges who selected the 10 best projects from a group of many more that were submitted for the competition. The presentation ceremony awarded plaques to each of the winners, whose designs were described and illustrated in poster boards displayed around the large Metropolitan Club’s Oak Room high atop Chicago’s Willis Tower skyscraper.

Congratulations once again to all the winners and thank you to Laura, judges and participants who brought us another successful program!

Read more about these projects and download the awards program booklet.


Swedish Covenant Hospital Retro-Cx
Chicago, IL
Jerry Burin, AECOM Technical Services

Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and
Tech Entrepreneurship – Keller Center
Chicago, IL
Mark Guerrero, dbHMS

The University of Chicago
Harris School of Public Policy
Syed Ahmad, dbHMS

225 W Washington Chiller Plant Replacement
Chicago, IL
Phil Woods, DLR Group

Provincial Archives
Elk Grove Village, IL
Michael McDermott, Grumman/Butkus Associates

Searle Chemistry Lab Retro-Commissioning
Chicago, IL
Kurt Matsen & Tim Shinnick
Grumman/Butkus Associates

University of Chicago Medicine
Northfield, IL
Kurt Matsen & Tim Shinnick
Grumman/Butkus Associates

The Art Institute of Chicago
Control Valve Replacement
David Brooks, McGuire Engineers

Union Hall Renovation & Addition
Chicago, IL
Asfandyar Khan, Wight & Company

Prairie Activity & Recreation Center
Plainfield, IL Park District
Asfandyar Khan, Wight & Company

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Inside Illinois Chapter

A Perfect Place to Enjoy a Festive Time of Year

The very festive holiday season began once more for many members at the Illinois ASHRAE’s annual Holiday Party. More than 130 of them returned to the Metropolitan Club’s Oak Room, 66 floors up inside the renovated Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. While there they enjoyed plenty of delicious food and drink, live holiday music, good cheer and lots of pleasant company.

Members were joined by guests representing owners and other firms affiliated with the 10 projects that received the Illinois Chapter’s 2019 Excellence in Engineering Awards, which were presented during the evening.President Fiona Martin-McCarthy and Steve Duerkop presided over the introduction of winners and presentation of plaques marking their accomplishments.

See more Holiday Party photographs.

Our gratitude to all who came and joined the celebration. We again thank our generous Holiday Party sponsors:

Gold Star Sponsors
Bornquist, Inc.
Hatchell & Associates
Mechanical Sales, Inc.

Silver Bells Sponsors
Energy Improvement Products (EIP)
Johnson Controls

Thermosystems, Inc.

Snowflake Sponsors
Maddock Mechanical Industries

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YEA Is For Young Engineers

YEA Raises Bar with Recent Activities

To the unknowing eye, the “E” in the chapter’s Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) might just as easily stood for “Energy,” judging by the burst of activities undertaken by the group in the past few months.

On November 8, the annual Trolley Crawl took a full load of passengers on an evening tour of some of Chicago’s popular outdoor attractions stopping along their route at a few good watering holes. A popular event for several years, it’s return in 2020 is unclear now as the Chicago Trolley operation recently announced its closing.

YEA used the occasion of the chapter’s annual Holiday Party, Dec. 10, to arrange for a guided tour of mechanical systems and key public areas inside Willis Tower that have recently undergone significant renovation. More than a dozen guests arrived before the party to participate in the tour.

Only two days later, the holiday mood grew for the YEA members who showed up for the “Ugly Sweater Night” social held at the office of the DLR Group. Everyone enjoyed fun and refreshments while confronting any and all wardrobe fears and self-consciousness.

Not even a month into 2020, the YEA provided another informative tour and program on Jan. 24 at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kaplan and Stuart Buildings. All Illinois ASHRAE members were invited for a free lunch followed by a brief presentation and guided tour of these two technologically advanced buildings. Thanks to IIT for hosting this event.

Finally, YEA co-chair Justin Wong has recruited a team to compete in an indoor winter Dodgeball league. The games are held on Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m., at the Hawthorne Scholastic Academy on Chicago’s north side. Stay tuned for a follow up on the team’s success.

YEA is for ASHRAE members 35 or younger. To find out how you can get involved, write [email protected].

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ASHRAE History

Discover Illinois ASHRAE History
Finally, a Clean, Affordable Furnace

By Richard L. Pasquesi, Chapter Historian, 2019-20

If you venture into older midwestern homes, you’ll often find a furnace called an “octopus”: the invention of one William J. Doyle. The inventor of this heating system held more than 20 patents and revolutionized how middle-class Americans heated their homes. Previously, only the wealthy could afford heating systems with radiators. The “Everyday Joe” was forced to use a wood-burning potbelly stove: a far dirtier and less efficient technology that put coal or wood, as well as the resulting ash, in the home’s occupied spaces. Doyle’s “pipeless furnace,” as it was known, was a gravity hot-air heating system. It allowed the heater, fuel, and ash to be moved into the basement. An example of this influential furnace was once displayed at the Smithsonian.

William Doyle was also very involved in the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers – then called “ASHVE,” since air-conditioning hadn’t yet become an integral part of building systems technology.

The Doyle legacy of building systems innovation continues with William’s grandson Dan Doyle, who was recently named a Fellow of ASHRAE…


(Editor’s note: While we could not fit this entire article into our suitcase, it’s too interesting and informative to leave behind! Please use the above link to read it online in its entirety.)

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Region VI News

Kick Off Winter Conference & Super Bowl at Regions Party

While in Orlando next month, many ASHRAE Winter Conference goers will be looking for a good place to watch the NFL’s Championship game preferably with a few friends. Here’s a great place: Get your reservation in now to attend the special Super Bowl Party arranged for ASHRAE members in Regions V & VI. It all kicks off at 6:00 p.m. (ET) at the Café Tu Tu Tango. Why not pair some good Caribbean food with great football and lots of friends. Tickets are $50 in advance ($60 at door). Download a flyer with event details and registration information.


Chapters Regional Conference
Regional Conference Moves to Peoria in 2020

Vision 2020 is the theme of the next ASHRAE Region VI Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), which will be hosted by the Central Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE, May 7-9, at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, IL. Region VI is comprised of 11 Midwest chapters. This conference typically draws about 200 attendees. It includes several technical presentations, ASHRAE business meetings and social activities. Visit the Central Illinois Chapter website for more details as the conference date draws closer.

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Calendar of Events

Here are education program topics the chapter plans to provide at our upcoming monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2019-20. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

Feb. 1-5 — 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Orlando, FL)
Feb. 11 — Meeting: Big Data Mining, Industry Analytics (Hofbrauhaus, Rosemont)
March 10 — 2020 Spring Conference
April 14 — Meeting: Kitchen Design, Building Pressurization and Related Controls
May 7-9 — Region VI CRC (Peoria, IL)
May 12 — Meeting: Commissioning, Retro Cx, Costs
June 9 — Meeting: Modular Construction

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