Presidential Message


Welcome to 2020! I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready to tackle this year head on. We have some great meetings coming up that I am very excited about. We also have the annual expo coming up in Orlando, FL. I hope to see some of you there. To start things off this year, our first meeting topic is Commissioning. This subject has a special place for me since I spend a great deal of my career with this subject. More than just a paper pushing exercise, Commissioning can be a very valuable tool for successfully completing a project and holding everyone accountable through the process. I have been on many projects where Commissioning is done correctly and everything seems to “work”, however I have been on many more projects where either Commissioning is not done or was performed with a lesser quality…you can tell. Its usually a mess.  

Brian Keller, with Cleary-Zimmerman is our speaker this month. Brian Keller has 30 years of experience in building systems commissioning, MEP QA/QC, DDC controls testing, and test and balance. He has commissioned numerous projects, many of which are LEED® or CHPS certified, for various market sectors including government, healthcare, educational, and commercial. Brian has been involved in MEP assessments, programming, plan development, equipment replacements, expansions, and commissioning in both new construction and renovations. He holds membership and certifications in the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and currently vice-chairs the NEBB Exam Development Committee at the National level.

I am very excited to have Mr. Keller present this topic. I have worked personally with Brian and I have the upmost respect for him and his knowledge in this field. I hope to see everyone at the January meeting on the 21st.

Again, Happy New Year!


Frank L Painter, P.E.

On Thursday 3/7/19 the Alamo ASHRAE chapter sponsored STEM night at Helotes Elementary.  There were over 100 students and parents in attendance.  There were seven activities for the students to participated in, build a catapult, marshmallow shooters, Magnet madness, Straw airplanes, balancing robots, Coding, and building a parachute.  We had several volunteers at each station thanks to volunteers from the ALAMO chapter as well UTSA’s student chapter.  The event was quite the success and we had several raving reviews.  Thanks to all that volunteered and all the helped to make the event a success.

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