President’s Corner

The joint meeting with IBPSA in October was a success. Over 85 people attended the seminar in the afternoon to hear from the Building Modeling expert panel, and it was good to see a lot of new faces. I would like to thank our speakers Annie Marston, Dru Crawley, Vanessa Hostick, and moderator Roger Chang. We were honored to host past presidential member Ron Jarnagin, and hear of the challenges and success of the ASHRAE Headquarters Renovation. Our chapter is truly thankful to have such great speakers.

The November meeting gave us a chance to acknowledge the five of our chapter members with Technology Awards for their eight project submissions, most of which were selected to continue on to the society level competition. Let’s keep the streak going this year. Please check our website and reach out to our Technology Award chair Patti Gunderson with any questions.

The November meeting scheduled for the first Wednesday, November 2nd at the Arlington Hilton will promote collaboration with the National Capital Region of the Society of Healthcare Engineers (SHE NCR). Distinguished Lecturer Wei Sun will speak on Airborne Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities. Our local chapter member Cliff Wallace will present during the diner on a look ahead at Hospitals of the Future.

The second week, the Trade show hosted with MCA is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at the Bethesda North Marriot. This is a great opportunity to meet key industry suppliers as they showcase their innovations, products, and services. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening.

The third week, we have a WiA (Women in ASHRAE) event scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th. The networking event will be held at CAVA Mezze in Arlington.

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday- November is an action packed month with multiple programs, events, and volunteer opportunities. Please save the dates on your calendars and register early, I hope to see you at the upcoming events.

Best Regards,

Omar Hawit

President, National Capital Chapter, 2016-2017


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17th Annual MCAMW/ASHRAE Trade Show

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NCC ASHRAE November Chapter Meeting!

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Professional Education Seminar (PES) 

Topic: HVAC Systems Design for Airborne Infection Control Spaces in Healthcare Facilities

-Speaker: Wei Sun

The presentation starts with the US guidelines and standards of Healthcare Facilities Design, then it discusses the typical environment-controlled spaces, such as operating room (operation theatre), infection isolation room, protective environments and critical-care room. It further discuses architectural considerations, temperature and humidity controls, ventilation requirements, air-handling systems, flow diagrams, pressurization, filtrations and UV treatment, as well as water-borne microbial contamination control, etc. Many design samples and photos are included.

 Dinner Presentation: Hospitals of the Future

-Speaker: Cliff Wallace

The discussion will start with the history of healthcare architecture. The timeline of modern healthcare design will be discussed after the passage of the Hill-Burton Act. The impact of current design practices on energy usage will be explained. What can be done to reduce energy usage and meet the future carbon neutral demands on our building design?  What should the design professionals do to impact the future of healthcare design?