April 2024 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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April 2024

President’s Corner

National Capital Chapter Members,

April brings about our final chapter meeting of the year! Not only is it our final chapter meeting, but it is among the most important meeting for two reasons. First, we will officially vote in our slate of officers nominated for next year. Second, we will honor the student groups our chapter supports each year by inviting them to our dinner meeting.

Last months speakers continued our trend of discussions surrounding Decarbonization and also looked at Sustainable solutions with a market sector that hits home in this area – data centers. I want to personally thank all the speakers last month for continuing the interest slate of topics we’ve touched this year.

I would also like to congratulate all those that were formally nominated to move into a board of governor’s position for next year. All have shown continued dedication to our chapter and ASHRAE’s mission locally and have been among the most reliable of our volunteers. I am excited to see how they shape the future of our chapter in the coming years. Congratulations to all!

As a reminder, a major benefit to being a member of the National Capital Chapter this year is that we offer the virtual PES for FREE, meaning no-cost continuing education credits for our licensed professionals!

As we turn toward wrapping up this chapter year in the coming months, some of my favorite annual events are headed our way. This includes fun networking events to engage the various membership groups of our chapter, as well as the annual golf tournament which remains as our most popular event. Hopefully you can participate as our committee members have worked hard at planning some really interesting events!

Wishing our members continued health and wellness!


Mike Morder


ASHRAE National Capital Chapter

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Board of Governors & Committee Chair Contact

Board of Governors Email Address
President Mike Morder president@nccashrae.org
President-Elect/Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh



Treasurer Michael Spencer treasurer@nccashrae.org
Secretary Lauren McGowens secretary@nccashrae.org
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund senior_governor@nccashrae.org
Governor Bailey Estes governor1@nccashrae.org
Governor Stephanie Gonzalez governor2@nccashrae.org
Governor Zach DeLuke governor3@nccashrae.org
Governor Dante Freeland governor4@nccashrae.org
Committee Chairs Email Address
Annual Social Bailey Estes  
Joe Stephens
CTTC Zach DeLuke  
Programs Ian Faulconer  
Directory TBD directory@nccashrae.org
Finance Michael Spencer finance@nccashrae.org
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Nick Barrett
Golf Outing Stephen Wetherhold  
Gov’t Affairs TBD government_activities_national@nccashrae.org
Historian Ryan Westlund historian@nccashrae.org
Honors/ Awards Stephanie Mages honors_and_awards@nccashrae.org
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez membership@nccashrae.org
Newsletter Jackie Rhodes newsletter@nccashrae.org
Reception Molly Sizemore reception@nccashrae.org
Catherine Jones
Refrigeration TBD  
Research Promotion Stephen Wetherhold research_promotion@nccashrae.org
Student Activities Dante Freeland student_activities@nccashrae.org
Alex Ratliff
Sustainability Jesse Fox sustainability@nccashrae.org
Website/Electronic Communications Caroline Evans website@nccashrae.org
Diversity in ASHRAE Caroline Evans  
Bailey Estes
Young Engineers in ASHRAE Ryan Cleary yea@nccashrae.org


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ASHRAE Membership,

Your Board of Governors for the National Capital Chapter are excited to welcome our membership back for the remainder of our 2023-2024 season!

We are reaching out to inform you of a major shift in our monthly chapter meeting cadence for this year. The board has made this decision to allow for flexibility and increased engagement from our local membership.

Our meeting day schedule will now be as follows:

Professional Engineering Seminar (PES) - VIRTUAL
When: 12 PM - 1 PM EST.
Where: Link will be provided when registered for each meeting.
PDHs will be provided to all attendees as in the past.

Dinner Meeting/Happy Hour - Held in Person at new venue
When: 5:30 PM - 8 PM EST.
Where: Rhodeside Grille (1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)

Formal meeting invites will be sent, but for now, mark your calendars for our remaining spring meeting dates:

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our events this year!

ASHRAE National Capital Chapter Board of Governors


 Please join us for the thirds meeting of National Capital Chapter ASHRAE's 2023/2024 season:

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024

Theme: Student Activities

PES from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST (Virtual)

Dinner from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST (In Person)


Topic: The Power of 360 Digital Workflow: Supercharging Design and Construction Coordination

When: 12 PM – 1 PM EST

Where: Link will be provided when registered for this event. PDHs will be provided to all attendees as in past.

Donnie Lawrence Bio:

Project Constructablity Lead - Journeyman Steamfitter local 602

As Project Constructability Lead, Donald Lawrence has extensive experience in federal, university, healthcare, and research facilities. His specific expertise focuses on managing assigned manpower and position resources to complete scheduled work, managing RFIs and change orders to distribute all information to the team, working with engineers and project managers on equipment selection, and schedules, and providing prefabrication opportunities during design and coordination. With over 21 years of experience, Donald has worked on complex and confidential projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Presentation Abstract:

Traditional design and construction coordination results in lost time during every handoff, increasing potential for errors and rework and affecting safety, cost, quality, and schedule. The 360 Digital Workflow enhances design-build coordination through a six-step process that includes an integrated Building Information Model, pull/takt planning, clash coordination, overlaying digital models onto the job site, verifying field installation, and conducting extremely precise QA/QC inspection. This process coordinates the design into smaller batches/constructible steps to optimize project flow and eliminate design and site discrepancies.

The 360 Digital Workflow uses Lean best practices to optimize the project schedule, resulting in better prefabrication opportunities, increased quality, and minimal rework. This process helped the team achieve accuracy above 99.5% on 23,000 concrete-embedded mechanical, electrical, and plumbing hangers and sleeves, correlating to $400,000 in savings compared to a typical design and construction process.

Initially, stakeholders needed convincing; however, by reinforcing a culture of respect and Lean education, including Last Planner System® and Scrum, the team adopted the 360 Digital Workflow and a Plan-Do-Check-Act mindset to improve processes.

The process creates value by optimizing the project schedule from design, coordination, placement, and QA/QC. The scalable solution makes assessing and implementing even in small projects easy.

Donnie Lawrence


Topic: Engaging the Cx process early for a collaborative and successful outcome

When: 5:30 PM – 8 PM EST

Where: Rhodeside Grille (1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)

Russell Feery Bio:

Russell Feery has been in the Construction and Engineering Industry for over 30 years. Early in his career, he was an electrical installer, BAS/SCADA/PLC programmer and as held positions including Branch Manager for a Fortune 50 International controls and equipment manufacturer. Russell has been on the regional boards for the Building Cx Association (BCA) since 2009, and just started his second 3 year term on the International Board of Directors for the BCA. Russell recently changed roles from a Principal at a 3rd Party Cx/Engineering firm where he developed a service line providing Cx support to contractors, to working for a construction manager/general contractor. He is currently a MEP Sr. Project Director for Clayco, supporting predominantly Mission Critical builds. In this role he is taking his passion for Cx and mentoring junior level staff to help create the next generation of Cx Providers. Clayco is a $5.8 Billion full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and above and beyond expectations.

Presentation Abstract:

The goal of this presentation is to identify the milestones for Cx and best practices for ensuring that the entire Cx team including the owners, owners rep’s, facilities staff, design team, trades, vendors and Cx Provider are all aligned, and working towards a goal of a zero defect turnover.

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Your comments after each presentation help us to improve educational offerings in the future.


Save the Date!

Please join Women in ASHRAE for a Yoga & Networking Event!

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

4:30 - 5:30 pm EST for Yoga

Yoga Location: Sukha Center

1016 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201

5:30 - 7:30 pm EST for a Networking Happy Hour

Happy Hour Location: Rabbit Public House

1210 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201


Save the Date!

Please join Women in ASHRAE for an Earth Day Volunteering Event!

Sunday, April 21st, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Location: Mount Vernon Trail North of Old Town

1198 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Save the Date!

Please join the Baltimore Chapter of Women in ASHRAE for a Spring Social!

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

5:00 - 8:00 pm EST

Location: Shmidt Spirits Distillery

10360 Southard Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705

Spring Social


On behalf of the Nominating Committee, the proposed slate of officers for SY 2024-25 is:

President Elect/VP - Michael Spencer

Treasurer - Stephanie Gonzalez

Secretary - Bailey Estes

Senior Governor - Michael Morder

Governor 1 - Ian Faulconer

Governor 2 - Caroline Evans

Governor 3 - Ryan Cleary

Governor 4 - Stephanie Mages

Additional nominations are currently being accepted. Please email all nominations to the Chapter Secretary at secretary@nccashrae.org.

Nominations will close on April 3rd, 2024 at 6 PM ET.


Get recognition for your well-designed building! The ASHRAE NCAA Technology Award submissions for Technology Awards are due on May 17th, 2024 for Region 3.

Please email your submissions to Stephanie Mages at tega@nccashrae.org.

Note, there are 6 different building categories as listed below.

I. Commercial Buildings

II. Institutional Buildings

III. Health Care Facilities

IV. Industrial Facilities or Processes

V. Public Assembly Facilities

VI. Residential

Below is a link to the 3-page form and instructions on the narrative.

Early submissions are welcome!

Thank you in advanced for your submissions!


Please welcome our newest members to the National Capital Chapter!


Andrew Gibson

Avishkar Gawde

Foroud Arsanjani

David Stieglbauer


James Bergren

Nathan Barcaskey

Katelin Judge

Sahil Gupta

Sabrina Eason

Julian Desgraves

Ellery Klein

Matthew Rozek

Kevin Lohr

Ghusai Gubraiel

Hiten Chhajed

Snehal Desai


James Burnett

Sydney Novoa

Ethan Gardner

Andrew Champion

Alyssa Mrvos

Keith Walker

Mark Nauman

Paolo Toschi

Anne Marie Hawley

Vito Bellafiore

Ye Jiang

Jack McLaughlin

Matthew Young

Rick Mears

McHanake Magere


The Research Promotion Committee manages and supports both the Society‐level fundraising and Chapter‐level fundraising of the RP Campaign. Traditionally supporting just research, the RP Campaign was expanded 10 years ago to include support of Education & ALI, Endowed Research through ASHRAE Foundation, YEA programs, ASHRAE Scholarships, and the General/ Unrestricted fund. Research, the backbone of ASHRAE, remains the primary fund of the program with over $2 million raised for this program annually.

Ways You Can Contribute:

We encourage you to make your donation to one of our National Capital endowed funds in the following section:

Foundation - Foundation Endowed Research Funds 23-24

Thank you so much for your support!

Below are some projects in our region funded by the ASHRAE 22-23 RP Campaign:

 Flammable Refrigerants Post-Ignition Simulation and Risk Assessment Update
GEXCON US - Bethesda MD

Investigation of Ignition Temperature (Hot surface and Auto Ignition) for 2L Refrigerants
AHRTI - Arlington, VA
Completed RP Mar. 2019
Transport of Indoor Biological Dust
PENN. STATE U-Parichehr Salimifrad

Airside heat transfer augmentation using multi-scale analysis and shape optimization for compact heat exchangers with small hydraulic diameters
U-MARYLAND - Daniel Bacellar

Demonstrating the application of novel multi-criteria ventilation algorithms in office buildings
DREXEL U. - Tom Ben David

Quantifying Non-Energy Benefits of High-Performance, Urban Elementary School Buildings
CATHOLIC U. - Emily Oldman

ASHRAE relies on YOU for support. If you are interested in donating, please visit