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President's Message

BuzzHello <<First Name>>!

We had another great turnout at our February lunch meeting. Big thanks to Kent Peterson (past ASHRAE Society President) for discussing with us the topic of ASHRAE Standard 189.1.

I assume you all have been hitting the driving range to prepare for the 2011 Golf Tournament! See below for more information and contact Charlie Velasquez with any questions.

Our meeting topic this month will be on IBC 2007/2008 Seismic Considerations, with our speaker being Joseph La Brie. Note: The meeting day and location for this topic will be back to Thursday (March 10th) at Old Pueblo Grille. To see the full list of upcoming lunch meeting topics, visit our website at

I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the March meeting!


March Lunch Meeting

  • Topic: IBC 2007/2008 Seismic Considerations
  • Date: Thursday, March 10th
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Old Pueblo Grille (NE corner of Broadway/Alvernon)

JosephJoseph La Brie is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer in the State of California. He serves as an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, is on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, and is serving his second term as Chairman for the Hospital Building Safety Board.

With 25 years of experience in the industry and the objective to improve building standards, La Brie developed the Seismic Qualification Exchange Streamline (SQX) website. SQX is a resource that posts manufacturerÂ’s product data, and informs Hospital Owners about equipment requiring Special Seismic Certification.

With a passion to further improve the industry, Mr. La Brie partnered with a highly specialized team to develop Dynamic Certification Laboratories (DCL) – a single source, premier lab for all required seismic simulation testing, analysis, reporting, and certification of essential equipment. DCL has the vision of improving the quality and efficiency of seismic testing, streamlining the process for compliant (with current code standards for earthquake safety) manufacturing of equipment.

(Keep in mind that this meeting is on Thursday, March 10th at Old Pueblo Grille)

2011 Golf Tournament

GolfWe are looking for sponsors, players, and prizes for our 2011 golf tournament. Though the tournament has raised a lot of money for scholarships over the years you may not realize the different needs of the Tucson HVAC community that have also been funded through the golf tournaments. Proceeds from the 2010 Golf Tournament funded the $6,000 needed to teach the 2010 spring semester HVAC course at the U of A.

With this year's tournament we are aiming to fund student scholarships and ASHRAE Research Promotions. If you are interested in participating as a player or sponsor please fill out and return the golf tournament registration form. As you'll see on the registration form there are already sponsors signed up for the tournament. Sponsoring early lets everyone see that you are sponsoring throughout the year instead of only the month or two prior to the tournament.

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ASHRAE Online Courses Feature High-Performing Guidance

ATLANTA - For a more sustainable world, high performance is demanded of buildings. The same applies to continuing education.

Two courses related to high-performance building design are being offered as part of ASHRAE Learning Institute’s (ALI) spring online series. Twelve online instructor-led short courses run from late March through early May and are available to those interested in expanding their knowledge of the HVAC industry and keeping up to date with the latest technology and their applications. Many popular courses are offered, several of which include updated material.


ASHRAE Winter Conference Sees Best Attendance in 15 Years

ATLANTA - The 2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference saw its highest attendance numbers in years, as well as the announcement of updated energy savings figures for ASHRAE’s energy standard.

Some 3,400 people attended the Conference, held Jan. 29-Feb. 2, in Las Vegas, Nev.; of that number, 400 were first-time attendees.

Also taking place in conjunction with the meeting was the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, which attracted over 54,000 registered visitors and exhibitor personnel. The Show was by far the largest and best attended AHR Expo in the Western states, with more than 1,900 exhibiting companies and their 20,000 exhibiting personnel—the second largest number of exhibiting companies in the Show’s history. Overall, the 2011 AHR Expo was the second largest held outside of Chicago.


Employment Opportunities

TME, Inc. Consulting Engineers seeks a ME. Requires a PE with 5+ years of Healthcare, Labs, Higher ED, or Central Power Plant experience. Fax resume and questions to 520-323-2382. Review our company at

M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. is seeking a Mechanical Engineer – Commercial: 10 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering design of commercial and institutional HVAC & Plumbing systems required. Manage projects from proposal stage through deliverables to the client. BSME, P.E., AutoCAD, LEED, and Microsoft Office required. Send Resume/Cover Letter (MUST LIST POSITION) to M3 Engineering & Technology Corp., Attn: Human Resources, 2051 W. Sunset Rd., #101, Tucson, AZ 85704, Fax 520 293-8349, Email to:, EOE.

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