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 President's Corner

In a world so seemingly unpredictable, I’m happy to welcome back one of life’s constants: the next year, in a line of great ones, for the National Capital Chapter! I hope everyone’s summers were enjoyable, and that you’re as excited as I am for the months ahead.

It’s an honor to serve as President of the National Capital Chapter this year. Your confidence and trust in me to keep our great organization going is humbling, and a charge that I take with enthusiasm. I want to take a moment to thank Omar Hawit and all of last year’s officers and committee members for giving us such a strong start. The support of our membership, as well as countless, and sometimes thankless, hours of volunteered time are what make our chapter one of the best in ASHRAE.

NCC’s Board of Governors has been working over the summer, planning and preparing for the upcoming season. We are very excited about the presentation topics and speakers we have scheduled. In addition, many of our volunteers will be making the trek down to the annual Region III Chapter’s Regional Conference (CRC) in Roanoke, VA. CRC is a two-day training held by Regional and Society level officers to give chapters the information and experience necessary to better serve our chapter during the upcoming year.

From a Society level, in his Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach in June (reprinted in the August 2017 ASHRAE Journal), Society President Bjarne Olesen outlined his vision for advancing ASHRAE as a worldwide, industry leader. His overall presidential theme will be “EXTEND” – focusing on three directives: EXTEND our global community, EXTEND our technological horizons, and EXTEND our value to members.

To support these goals, I have made my focus this year to be one of collaboration and value. Mainly, to partner with industry-peer organizations to encourage a breadth of membership. Which, in turn, will bring outside perspectives and expertise to the topics you’ve requested, ultimately adding value to our existing members. To update you on some of the exciting chapter news you may have missed over the summer, some of our chapter members have been recognized and honored with the following awards:

During the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, Katherine Hammack, former US Assistant Secretary of the Army, will be recognized by Society for her dedication to our industry by being granted ASHRAE FELLOW status.

With the help of Patti Gunderson, NCC secured four first place winners in the Region III Tech Awards:

    • Omar Hawit, DLR Group
    • Roger Chang, DLR Group
    • Gary Hamilton, SmithGroup JJR
    • Brian Coffield, SmithGroup JJR


In closing, I’d like to offer my appreciation and sincere thanks to our volunteers and their employers for continuing to support NCC operations. Without our volunteers, and their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have as strong an organization as we do. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

The first chapter meeting of the 2017-2018 year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th, at the Hilton Arlington Hotel. I’m excited to see you all there.


Jeffrey Colby

President, National Capital Chapter, 2017-2018


Register for the October Chapter Meeting here!

** All Student Members please contact the registration chair, or make payments at the door.

Professional Education Seminar (PES) 
Topic: Checklist for Maintainability: An Owner’s Perspective for Design and Construction
-Speaker: Jack K. Colby, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations (retired)

The design and construction of capital facilities is a collaborative process that can result in functional, affordable, and successful addition to the physical campus.   To be successful, each member of the team must be committed to maintainability in order to achieve these goals over the long term of a building’s life.   There are very basic tools that should be utilized to achieve this successful collaboration.  This presentation uses humor from actual projects to identify the importance of each stakeholder’s role as well as stressing the expectations of the operations staff that may not receive adequate attention during the design and construction process.

Learning Outcomes:


  • Understanding “Maintainability” in the built environment.
  • Exposing the potential benefits and cost savings over a structure’s expected life associated with maintainability.
  • A humorous look at examples of what happens when the owner, designer, and contractor do not collaborate to build a maintainable structure.    
  • Tools to improve the design and construction process to deliver an affordable and productive building.

This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dunstan Macauley.


Dinner Presentation
Topic: The Future:  Change, Collaboration, and On-Line Learning

-Speaker: Lander Medlin

Today’s construction industry relies more than ever on the collaboration between designers, contractors and building owner/operators.  In this presentation, we will explore today's driving forces of change; rethink what collaboration really is; and emphasize the value, necessity of embracing life-long learning.



Register here! 

Please pay at the door via cash or credit card to recieve a wrist band. Register online to reserve your spot!