Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM PST
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SoCal Gas Company Energy Resource Center 
9240 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

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ASHRAE Orange Empire/ Southern California/ Tri-County: December 2019 Joint Meeting 

The ASHRAE Orange Empire, Southern California and Tri-County Chapters would like to welcome you to join us for the December 2019 Joint Chapter meeting this December 10th. This months meeting will be at Southern California Gas Company, Energy Resource Center . See below for details on the schedule and the presentation that you won't want to miss!
Meeting Schedule

5:30-6:30 - Social/ Registration                                                                                                                             6:30-7:30 - Dinner/ Meeting Start                                                                                                                           7:30-8:30 - Dinner Presentation

 Dinner Presentation "Holistic Thinking for Multidisciplinary Design Solutions"

Presented by 
Erin McConahey

Presentation Summary: Designers of building HVAC systems do not act in a void but rather in a community of design and construction professionals who are all dedicated to the success of a given project. We can better contribute to this success when we understand the perspectives of our partners and can articulate our own technical parameters in a way that looks for synergy without strife.
This session will draw on the speaker’s two decades of experience as a design leader of teams with up to a dozen different analytical disciplines.
The talk starts by introducing the idea of unconscious bias built into our professional world view by our academic and specialist training and then turns to tips for transcending that bias to develop design empathy and proactive working relationships. By exploring a series of short case studies involving interface and coordination between architectural, structural, civil, MEP, fašade, acoustics, fire and sustainability disciplines working in the building design context, the audience will be able to better recognize the needs and design sensibilities of our partners outside of the HVAC field.

BIO: Erin McConahey is a Principal in Mechanical Engineering with Arup, a
15,000 person employee-owned global engineering, advisory and planning consulting firm. During her 24 years with Arup, she has worked internationally and now leads multidisciplinary design teams in Los Angeles on a wide variety of project types.

Erin’s passion for finding integrated design solutions through a collaborative design process began with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. As she rose in leadership within her firm, she served on Arup’s global Trustee Board, was named an Arup Fellow for her technical excellence, spearheaded the Americas Region Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and served on the leadership teams for the region’s mid-career Design School and Graduate Induction training programs for 18 and
10 years, respectively. These service opportunities, coupled with growing concern over climate change, led her to a second Master’s degree in Ethical Leadership from Claremont Lincoln University.

Erin is a Professional Engineer in California and Colorado, a LEED accredited professional (BD+C specialty), an ASHRAE accredited High Performance Building Design Professional, a Certified Diversity Professional
(CDP) and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers.

TICKET COST: $65/70 Member/Non-Member 


Meeting Schedule

5:30 - 6:30 – Technical Presentation

6:30 - 7:30 - Meeting Start - Awards, Presentation, Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 - Dinner Presentation


Technical Presentation " The Devil's in the Details - a CEU presentation on what to look out for when installing boiler and water heaters”

Presented by 
Bob Woods

BIO: Bob graduated from Nasson College, Idaho State University and did his doctorate at the University of Rhode Island.  He started in the industry in 1986, has been an ASHRAE member for 24 years and has served as President for two ASHRAEChapters, So Cal and Orange Empire.  Bob is currently serving as the Chapter Treasurer for the Orange County ASPE Chapter.  He has been specializing in boiler application, steam and combustion technology since 1995.  Bob currently works for Raypak as a Consultant as well as a District Manager.


Dinner Presentation "Balanced Energy"

Presented by 
Ken Chawkins
Southern California Gas Company

BIO: Ken is currently the Business/Policy Manager for Southern California Gas Company. He is responsible for developing key, broad-based relationships with business, government and non-profit stakeholders to provide balanced input to policy priorities and direction.  Ken has over 20 years of experience in the energy/utility industry and has worked in both policy and operational capacities.  Additionally, he has worked as a non-profit manager and a university administrator. 

Ken has participated on many local non-profit boards and commissions, most of which focus on Municipal Governance, Youth, and/or public education. He is currently a Board member of Coro Southern California, Legacy Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, Sustain SoCal and the Environmental Leadership Institute.  He holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, a MA in Public Policy from Claremont and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. He currently lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dr. Lan Nguyen-Chawkins and has two college-aged daughters, Dania and Emma.