February 2023 Capitalaire


The National Chapter of ASHRAE

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February 2023

President’s Corner

Dear Members of the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE,

Welcome home from the AHR Expo in Atlanta to many of our members who had the opportunity to attend. It is always a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in HVACR technology, connect with other industry professionals, and attend educational seminars.

We are a little more than halfway through our ASHRAE year.  At this time, I would like to express my appreciation for each and every one of you and the contributions you make to our chapter and the industry as a whole.

February is a time for reflection and renewal, and I am excited to see the progress and achievements of our chapter in the past year. I am proud of the work we have done in promoting energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, and sustainable building practices in the National Capital Region and beyond.

As we move forward into the new year, I urge you to continue your involvement in our chapter and the industry. Attend our meetings, participate in our events, and take advantage of the many educational opportunities we offer. Your participation and input are crucial to the success of our chapter.

I look forward to working with each of you to make the National Capital Chapter of ASHRAE the best it can be.


Best Regards,

Nick Barrett

Nick Barrett Signature

President, National Capital Chapter, 2022-2023

2022-2023 Board of Governors
President  Nick Barrett president@nccashrae.org
President-Elect Mike Morder president_elect@nccashrae.org
Vice President Jonathan Rumbaugh vice_president@nccashrae.org
Treasurer Michael Spencer treasurer@nccashrae.org
Secretary Lauren MacGowens treasurer@nccashrae.org
Sr. Governor Ryan Westlund senior_governor@nccashrae.org
Governor Mikelann Scerbo governor1@nccashrae.org
Governor Drew McPheeters governor2@nccashrae.org
Governor Bailey Estes governor3@nccashrae.org
2022-2023 Committee Chairs
Annual Social Laura Morder

Bradey Jump

CRC Laura Morder
Stephanie Mages
Directory Morgan Stevens directory@nccashrae.org
Facility Tour Catherine Jones
Finance Nick Barrett
Michael Spencer
Jonathan Rumbaugh
Mike Morder
Golf Outing Mike Morder president@nccashrae.org
Gov't Affairs Mikelann Scerbo government_activities_national@nccashrae.org
Historian Gary McKee

Drew McPheeters

Honors/ Awards Stephen Neiz honors_and_awards@nccashrae.org
Membership Stephanie Gonzalez

Lauren MacGowens

Newsletter Ian Faulconer

Laura Morder

Reception Catherine Jones reception@nccashrae.org
Refrigeration Catherine Jones refrigeration@nccashrae.org
Research Promotion Drew McPheeters research_promotion@nccashrae.org
Student Activities Dante Freeland student_activities@nccashrae.org
Sustainability Ryan Westlund sustainability@nccashrae.org
Tech Awards Stephen Niez tega@nccashrae.org
Website/ Electronic
Michael Spencer
Lauren MacGowens
Women in ASHRAE Bailey Estes wia@nccashrae.org
Young Engineers in ASHRAE Zach DeLuke

Ryan Cleary

Programs Mikleann Scerbo programs@nccashrae.org


Please welcome our newest members to the National Capital Chapter!

Ben Asmelash

David Wood

William Joseph Tkacz

Nick Tatnall

 Patrick Coffey

Rafacely Brito

Keith A Seeger

Brandon Fox

Mohamed Abdelmoneim

M Tousif Rahmanr

Want to know more? email membership@nccashrae.org

Corporate Sponsors

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Gold Level Sponsors

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Silver Level Sponsors

Critical Systems


Upcoming 2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates & Themes: 

February 22, 2023 - How Projects Can Benefit from Early Contractor Involvement

March 8, 2023 - Past Presidents, Awards and Research Promotion

April 12, 2023 - Students, Government & Historian

May - Refrigeration & Spring Tour


Integrated Design Process: How Projects Can Benefit from Early Contractor Involvement

February 22, 2023

3:30-5:30 PM - PES Seminar

5:30-630 PM - Happy Hour

6:30-8:00 PM - Dinner




Mike Morder - Senior Design Engineer - Southland Industries

Mike Morder has over 10 years of industry experience in manufacturing, hospital, museums, hospitality, and confidential government projects. He has mechanical and plumbing engineering design experience from schematic through construction on multiple projects. Mr. Morder is responsible for the management of the mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection designs and field shop drawing creation/coordination with multiple trades.

His in-depth knowledge of construction sequencing, requirements, spatial allocation, and coordinating with outside consultants/contractors is key to any job and he has significant Integrated Project Delivery and Lean construction experience. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering – Mechanical from Penn State University.


Donnie Lawrence - Project Constructablity Lead - Southland Industries - 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.

Diversity, Equality, and inclusion in the Construction Industry: Creating and keeping the JEDI Energy to create dynamic and efficient workplaces






Reginald M Truxon, AIA, NOMA - Associate, Regional Design Management Leader - Gensler

Reginald M Truxon, AIA, NOMA is an Associate at Gensler and is the President of DC NOMA . Reggie is a Regional Race and Diversity Co-Leader at Gensler, where he organizes projects and people to make a lasting positive impact on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry. A champion for attracting the best talent possible to support the future of architecture, he works to drive alignment through his leadership, helping the firm partner with NOMA on its mission to educate, elevate, and empower minority architects. Reggie is also helped establish a resource group for Black employees at Gensler.

Reggie also serves as Gensler’s Southeast Region Design Management Leader, providing guidance for the firm’s design managers to strengthen the foundation of its business. A leader in large scale, multi-family projects, he has the keen ability to simultaneously manage complex projects, while driving both alignment and client satisfaction by maintain a quality design product. He believes that to make bold design visions attainable, one must place emphasis on what is under the hood — the firm’s finances, technical prowess, and the health of its teams.

Reggie is a graduate of Hampton University. He is a classically trained musician and the drummer for Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, a role he channels in his architectural work, becoming the steady heartbeat of his teams.


young engineers in ashrae

Save the Dates

NCC YEA Social
Where: Punch Bowl Social Arlington, 4238 Wilson Blvd Unit 1180 Arlington, VA
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 6:00-9:00 PM

Region lll YEA Philadelphia Union Soccer Club Tailgate & Game
Where: TBD
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Women in ashrae

Save the Dates

WIA Social
Where: TBD
When: Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 PM

government affairs

There are plenty of opportunities to engage in policy conversations on building energy and climate change in 2023! Here are a few local events to check out

Decarbonization Symposium and Legislative Fly-In, hosted by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
Where: The St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.
When: March 14-15, 2023

Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted by Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD
When: March 28-29, 2023

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy
Where: Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
When: April 11-13, 2023

Meet your elected officials!

We're working to arrange an opportunity for you to meet your elected officials to talk about ASHRAE! To get involved and learn more, please email government_activities_national@nccashrae.org and include your zip code.

Part of Government Affairs is to educate our elected officials about what an important role ASHRAE plays in the built environment. We want our elected officials to turn to ASHRAE as a key resource of information as they work on policies that affect anything from energy efficiency to indoor air quality to legionella safety. This is a great opportunity to highlight your experience as an ASHRAE member with one of your elected officials.

ASHRAE Technology Awards Program

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:
  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data;..
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members;
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners...

Each year the Society may present awards in six categories: Commercial Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Institutional Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning) Health Care Facilities (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Industrial Facilities or Processes (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Public Assembly (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); Residential

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