May 10th – Surgical Site Infection

The May ASHRAE meeting will be covering the topic of Surgical Site Infection. Steve McNattin with Precision Air Products Co. will be presenting results of an 18 month study aimed at helping engineers design operating room ceiling ventilation systems to reduce the risk of patient infection.

Presentation Synopsis

The speaker will discuss the importance of effective OR ventilation systems, explore whether minimum national ventilation standards & traditional thinking go far enough to protect surgical patients during the procedure, and show why test results are changing how design teams look at OR ceiling layouts.
Participants will learn –
o The importance of controlling airborne particulates released within ORs during surgery
o The 5-Ds of effective particle control
o Design methodologies based on severity of the procedure & susceptibility of the patient
o What to avoid when laying out OR ceilings


The Brown Bottle in North Liberty - See Map -->


5:30 Social Hour
5:55 Order Dinner
6:00 Presentation
7:00 Wrap Up Meeting


April 16th – MP Night – Arena Football!

For our annual Membership Promotion night, this year we have decided to change things up a bit, and attend a Cedar Rapids Titans Arena Football game!  As always, potential new members are free, and existing members get an awesome discounted rate for this action-packed evening.  Family is welcome to attend, so RSVP your desired ticket quantity to Dusty at  Following are the details for the evening:

  • What: Cedar Rapids Titans arena football game vs. Nebraska Danger
  • When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Kickoff is at 7:05 PM
  • Where: US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Who: New and existing chapter members and their families
  • Cost: Free to new members, $20/ticket for current chapter members
    We will be in the party section of the arena which includes all you can
    eat hot dogs and drinks.

Please spread the word, and let's try to use this to add some new faces to the group!  Click here for a printable flyer.



March 8 – Psychrometrics 101

The March ASHRAE meeting will be covering the topic of Psychrometrics 101. We will be reviewing the science behind moist air properties and relationships between them. The presentation will also cover using the psychrometric chart and how its applied to what we do day in and day out. The presenter will be Danny Malecha and Rueben Flesner from Concepts and Designs out of Owatonna. CDI designs and manufactures active desiccant equipment used in a variety of applications where understand the science of moist air is critical.


Doughy Joey’s Peeza Joynt in Cedar Falls - See Map ->


5:30 Social Hour
6:00 Pizza Arrives
6:15 Presentation
7:30 Wrap Up Meeting


February 9th – Distinguished Lecturer

On February 9th, we will host a Distinguished Lecturer Program focusing on the some of the rarely talked about, but extremely important softer skills associated with our industry.  Below is the planned agenda:

4:00 – 4:30 Sign In / Registration at Cedar Ridge Winery, near Swisher, IA

4:30 – 5:30 Fundamentals of Project Management - 1 PDH (Jamie Northrup)

5:30 – 6:30 Drinks and Dinner

6:30 – 7:30 Ethical Decision Making  - 1 PDH (Barry Benator) (Presentation materials can be found here)

Cost to attend is $30 for members, and $50 for non-Members, with Dinner included.  



November 5th – Building Analytics

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 5th (5:30PM -7:30PM) at Dublin City Pub. Tony Marino, Central Regional Director for Schneider Electric, will be presenting on Building Analytics.

"You have made many investments in building automation, metering, and systems to control your building. In doing so, you are able to manage your building operations with building management systems (BMS) alarms, comfort calls, and metering dashboards that can all indicate a problem may exist. But did you know that significant energy, efficiency, and operational savings may be missed without knowing the whole story? Building Analytics converts the data created by your investments into actionable intelligence, enabling you to identify and prioritize cost-saving opportunities and mechanical inefficiencies."

Thank you Gary Lange & Tony Marino for setting up the presentation.


OCTOBER 13TH – UIHC Children’s Hospital Tour

After a great intro to the year with our Annual Fall Golf Outing, it’s time to get down to business!  We have an eventful first meeting that begins with a tour of the impressive UIHC Children’s Hospital (5:30PM).  At the conclusion of our tour, we will make our way over to the Vine Tavern & Eatery for food and drinks.  If you cannot make the tour, but would like to indulge in the after-tour festivities, we are slated to be at the Vine at 7:30PM.  As this is also a kickoff into Cedar Valley’s Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA), there will be some added excitement, in the form of a raffle at the Vine.  To be included in the raffle drawing, you must be 35 or  younger, OR bring someone who satisfies that age constraint.



Also, a big thanks to Darwin Hochstedler for orchestrating the tour of the Children’s Hospital!

2014 Region VI Technology Awards

Good morning Cedar Valley Members!

Wanted to take the time to reach out to the chapter and send recognition to one of our members.  For the first time in several years, the Cedar Valley Chapter entered a project into the Region VI Technology Awards Contest.  The Cedar Rapids Library was designed by Dwight Schumm from Design Engineers in Cedar Rapids.  The library was chosen as the 1st Pace Winner in Category II – New Institutional Buildings – Other Institutional!  Working with Dwight on the project, was two other Cedar Valley members; Kelly Harrer and Jared Ramthun.  The chapter would like to send both our thanks for the entry and say great job to those folks at Design Engineers.  Our hope, is that we get more entries to next years categories and continue to get recognition for all the great work being done by our chapter members.  The attached awards summary gives a breakdown of this years winners.

2014 Region VI Technology Awards Summary

Thank you again and great job!

Cedar Valley ASHRAE


CRC 2014

Well, the 2014 Region VI CRC is in the books.  With over 180 people registered, the event was extremely well attended and board members constantly received applause for how well the event went.  The Cedar Valley Chapter wants to thank all of those who attended the event and helped make the CRC so great.

I also want to take the time to once again thank the following folks for all of their efforts and their time.  Without these folks, the CRC would not have been possible.


General Chair: Dusty Beenen

Facilities: Jared Ramthun

CRC Treasurer: Justin Opperman

Technical Programs: Doug Neale, Don Stanek, Darwin Hochstedler

Hospitality: Ryan Bunnell, Adam Bunnell

Registration and Website: Jeremy Huisman

Publicity: Nick Graf, Jeff Engh

Chapter Liaisons: Brian Miller, Jeff Engh

Workshops: Trevor Conrad, Jared Ramthun, Gary  Lange

Sponsorship: Adam Bunnell, Doug Neale

Welcome Party: Gus Vassiliades, Ryan Bunnell

Business Meetings: Justin Opperman, Ted Gerber

Business Meeting Secretary: Tim Lentz

Bus Liaisons: Kevin Kurka, Gus, Ryan

Business Meeting Planning: Ted Gerber, Justin Opperman

CRC Photographer: Nathan Edwards

 Looking into the summer’s events, we will begin planning meetings in June to set up and decide on programs.  The ASHRAE year will officially kick off for the Cedar Valley Chapter in August, with our annual Research and Promotion Golf Outing.

Have a great summer!

Dusty Beenen

Cedar Valley ASHRAE President 2013-2014




Registration Closed

CRC 2014 is just days away!  We’ve had an overwhelming response to the technical sessions being offered, and as such have “technically” closed online registration.  For those of you still interested in attending the Region VI CRC, please contact for openings, or be ready to register the day of the event.

The weather looks to be improving for the weekend, so keep your fingers crossed for dry weather at the Welcome Party and in downtown Iowa City!

See you Thursday,

Cedar Valley ASHRAE