President's Corner

I am honored to have served as the ASHRAE National Capital Chapter President for this past year, and would like to thank each member for having given me this opportunity. I especially want to thank all our volunteers and their respective employers for their time and support to the chapter. The hard work of volunteers allows National Capital Chapter to continue to be a leader in the ASHRAE society.

We accomplished a lot this year, including adding a full technical program in November. With the help of the many driven members, we were able to provide opportunities nearly weekly to learn, socialize, or volunteer. Most recently, I would like to thank Mike Morder along with the sponsors and golfers that helped make the Annual Golf Tournament benefiting ASHRAE Research Promotion a success. I would also like to thank Patti Gunderson for providing an amazing spring tour of the Home Innovation Research Laboratories and Calvert Brewing Company.

Please remember to schedule the Region III Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) on your calendars. This year will be held on August 17 – 19, 2017 in Roanoke, Virginia. A full day of technical sessions will be held on August 17th. All information regarding CRC can be found on the ASHRAE Region III website, here:

Also, for those of you attending the annual conference, the Region III Annual Meeting Dinner will held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Parker’s Lighthouse, 435 Shoreline Drive in Long Beach. The restaurant is about two blocks from the Hyatt. You are cordially invited to join other Region III members for an evening of delicious food, fine drinks and fellowship. Please make reservations before June 19th with the information in the Capitalaire.

Thank you again for your commitment and support. I look forward to seeing you all at the first fall meeting Wednesday, September 6th, at the Arlington Hilton.

Best Regards,

Omar Hawit

President, National Capital Chapter 2016 - 2017


GSA Brown Bag Luncheon 

May, 25th 2017, 12-1pm at the GSA Building, 1800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Register on the ASHRAE NCC website. Federal ID or Driver’s License Required to enter building.

Water-Energy Nexus - The market’s demand for sustainability through both energy and water efficiency must be weighed carefully as competing interests continue to evolve rapidly over the next decade. The energy intensity of water varies from location to location, but fresh water scarcity is driving the trend of increased water treatment and distributions cost. Growing demand, droughts, and aging infrastructure have compounded the issue. Simultaneously, major growth of renewable energy generation in the grid energy mix affects both process water used and greenhouse gases emitted. Reduced cost of renewable energy is making wind and solar technologies cost-competitive with more traditional generation technologies. This presentation will give a quick overview of the Water-Energy Nexus, and highlight a few technologies and design concepts that directly are impacted directly by this relationship. 

Omar Hawit currently serves as President of ASHRAE National Capital Chapter. Based from DLR Group in Washington DC, his work includes the following projects: Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, California Institute of Technology Keck Center for Space Studies, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and the Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater. Omar was named a Consulting-Specifying Magazine 40 Under Forty in 2014, and is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he got a start in the industry competing in the Solar Decathlon. 


Remembering Frank Reaves

National Capitol Region ASHRAE member Frank Reaves passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, May 13, 2017 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. His family was grateful to be at his side over the last few days. Frank was born on May 2, 1924 in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Harry Lucius Reaves and Lillian Muncaster. He grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia and maintained many friendships there. He attended West Virginia University, the University of Louisville, Georgetown and American University. He was an engineer, a contractor, a business owner, an inventor and innovator, a veteran of the Navy V12 in WWII, a student of international law, and an incredibly thoughtful and generous family man and friend. He was a supporter of many charities, churches, communities, and associations, including St. Luke’s Church, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Central Union Mission. As the president of R.M. Thornton, Inc. for 29 years and chairman for 25 years, he helped build post-war Washington, DC and contributed to many landmark construction projects, from the Capital Reflecting Pool to the Metro, Washington National Cathedral, the National Gallery and National Institutes of Health. He was past President of the Washington Building Congress and the Mechanical Contractors Association of D.C. Frank cared deeply about the world and its people, with a particular focus on the environment, poverty, and international peace. It’s impossible to count how many individual people he helped as well. He never passed someone asking for money without giving something; he never heard someone talk about their dream without offering his support in pursuing it. People who met Frank trusted him immediately, and he was always worthy of that trust. He believed in honesty, fairness, hard work and generosity, and taught those values to everyone around him by demonstrating them every day. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Jane Slater Reaves; by his daughter Jean and her husband Paul; son John and his wife Cheryl; son Robert and his wife Rita; by his grandchildren Nicholas, Emma, Julia and Amy; and by nieces and nephews Wednesday, Frank, Lee, Ann, Vicky, John Paul, Matt, Nanci and Alan. There will be a visitation from 10-11am and a service from 11-12am on Friday, May 19 at St. Luke’s Church in Bethesda, MD, with reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Union Mission or Unicef.