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It is our pleasure to announce that the Wisconsin Chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and the Milwaukee Chapter of CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) have partnered up to host a joint presentation on “Resilience in Building Design to Support a Resilient Society”. The presentation will be given by Thomas M. Lawrence, Ph.D.
A number of major events (natural and human caused) have led to an increased awareness of the need for our built environment to be designed and constructed for better resiliency. Take for example the hurricane induced shutdown of the electrical grid in Puerto Rico or the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern U.S in 2012. Buildings must also be able to adapt to human caused issues such as terrorist attacks, etc. These events point out the vulnerability of buildings and the built environment. This talk will cover the potential areas for focus in upgrading our systems for resiliency as well as some of the recent trends and technology changes needed for increasing our ability to maintain resiliency in the built environment. The topics covered will range from individual building systems up through the building, regional and societal levels.
Dr. Lawrence is the Mechanical Engineering program lead with the University of Georgia, and has nearly 40 years of professional experience. He spent the first 18 years in industry and after going back for his PhD at Purdue he has been at UGA since January 2004. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 and is a member of the committee that wrote and maintains ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives seminars on green building design at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2016 and is a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for ASHRAE.
Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.
ASHRAE President Charles Gulledge will give a speech to both the Wisconsin and Illinois Chapters. The outline of the speech will be as follows:
Summary: Digital transformation is not simply associated with adopting new technical solutions. Knowledge needs to be captured and linked in such a way that ALL relevant stakeholders’ benefit. Doing so requires understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data; so that it is insightful and actionable. The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0 focuses on reimagining the building industry by not only integrating industry segments, but technology. This presentation will examine how ASHRAE will lead the industry in becoming a part of the digital transformation that will guide the building industry into the next decade and beyond.
Current Industry State
The Digital Age of Connection
Assessment of Learning (Objectives):
Assessment of Waste and lack of Productivity in the HVAC Ecosystem.
Understand the role of Lean and Collaboration in removing Waste
Implement Digital Technologies to improve Productivity and generate Value
Implement Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) strategies to remove Waste and improve Value
Evolve in a Digital World
Gulledge has served as chair of the Members Council and the President-Elect Advisory Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the Standards Membership Ad Hoc Committee, chair of the Development Committee for Fundraising, and as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. He has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on many standing committees, technical committees and presidential ad hoc committees.
In addition to his contributions to ASHRAE, Gulledge’s career in HVAC spans over 36 years. He entered the industry as an engineer-in-training with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, working on transit system infrastructure, vehicular tunnels and moveable swing-span bridges. Over his career, he has served the built world in the roles of a consulting engineer, municipal owner and design-build contractor. Gulledge is currently a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Environmental Air Systems, LLC. He is registered as a professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia.
Gulledge’s comprehensive design, construction and operational portfolio covers a variety of market sectors; including transportation, commercial, educational, institutional, lodging, sports, mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, industrial, archival, historical, and hospitality.
Gulledge is a 1983 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
ASHRAE is a complex non-governmental organization that uses the volunteer efforts of some 53,000 members to advance the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to promote a healthy and sustainable built environment for all of humanity. This presentation will show, briefly, the administrative mechanism used to meet this mission.
Mr. Hermans has had a career that covers most of the buildings industry over 45 years:
Ellerbe Becket and AECOM – HVAC design hospitals, clinics, assisted living, laboratories;
University of Minnesota Physical Plant then University Hospital and Clinics then the Saint Paul Public School District – General Manager Operations and Maintenance; Center for Energy and Environment – engineering research and building commissioning. McQuay International then Daikin Applied Americas – Applications manager, graduate school instructor.