President’s Corner

Holiday Season is upon us!  I’d like to preemptively wish all National Capital Chapter members a Happy and Bountiful Thanksgiving.  It is our hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy time with family and friends.  Our September Partnering meeting with APPA had great turnout, and we received some really positive feedback.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and participate with our panel discussion; the goal was to unite designers, builders, and owner/operators in a common goal and vision for the life of a building, and I believe we were successful in doing so.  I’d like to also extend a special thanks to all the DC/MD APPA members who attended.  October was also Membership Night, so we’d like to thank everyone who brought new co-workers/friends to learn about all the benefits of an ASHRAE membership.

While we’re discussing membership, I’d like to quickly recognize the efforts of Mike Morder last year as the BOG Committee Chair for Membership Promotion.  Mike was recently nominated for the Lincoln Bouillion Award.  This award is given each year to a Society member who has achieved the most outstanding record in membership activities during the previous year.  Also, while I’m recognizing NCC Members, I also want to offer my congratulations to Brian Coffield of SGJJR, and Anthony Roane of American University for receiving an Honorable Mention ASHRAE Technology Award in Educational Facilities – New Category for the American University Washington College of Law project in D.C.  This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings.  Mr. Coffield, together with his large SGJJR project team (including NCC Board Members, Patti Gunderson and Melonee Jenkins, and former NCC officer Cindy Cogil!), put in a lot of time and design expertise to execute this project successfully, and deserve every bit of recognition this award carries.

In addition to our yearly partnering with MCA for their November Trade Show, NCC also has a couple of networking events coming up.  First, we’re hosting an HVAC Trivia Night to support Research Promotion on Thursday, October 26th starting at 5:00pm at Sign of the Whale in D.C.  Trivia topics will cover HVAC Applications, ASHRAE history, architecture, and plumbing.  This is our first time hosting an event like this, so please head over the the NCC Website to register ASAP.  Next, our Women In ASHRAE committee will be hosting a Speed Networking event on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Mad Fox Brewery in Falls Church, VA.  This event is open to everyone, and those interested in attending should sign up on the NCC Website by Friday, October 27th.  Both events promise to be fun and informative, so I encourage everyone to attend, if able!

Our next meeting of the 2017-2018 season is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th, at the Hilton Arlington Hotel; this will be President’s Night, and we’re partnering with NCR-SHE for programming.  I look forward to seeing everyone!


Jeffrey Colby

President- National Capital Chapter



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