Monthly Archives: October 2015

October BOG Meeting

The October Board of Governors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th, 2015. It will begin at 5:00pm at the offices of Meier Architecture-Engineering at 8697 Gage Boulevard in Kennewick, WA. All members are welcome to attend. If you want to attend the meeting via conference call, please contact Derek Archer at prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

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Program Meeting Tuesday October 13th

This will be an online web meeting. The October program meeting details are below. Kem Russell, P.E., who has considerable field experience with refrigeration systems in the Pacific Northwest will be giving a talk on ammonia refrigeration systems. We hope that you will join us for this presentation during the lunch hour. Attendance will count towards one PDH.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 — 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Meeting number: 8773361839
Access Code: 3664058

Teleconference: 1-877-336-1839
Access Code: 3664058

Call in#: 866-528-1882 or 509-375-4555
Conference ID: 88033461

Presented by Kem Russell, P.E.

Ammonia Refrigeration: Safety, Options, Uses & Opportunities


This presentation shall first addresses some of the properties and safety issues for anhydrous ammonia. Then briefly reviews optional system approaches: Single stage versus Two stage and the three primary types of systems: Direct Expansion, Liquid Recirculation, and Flooded. Example of the use of these types of system will be presented. Concluding with opportunities in the ammonia refrigeration field.


From grade school through college Kem worked in a family owned refrigeration construction business based in Seattle, Washington with customers in the seafood, dairy, meat, and fruit and vegetable industries. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1978 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering he moved to Yakima, Washington working as V.P. of Refrigeration for Food Plant Engineering. In 1999 he returned to refrigeration construction as V.P. of Engineering for Doubl-Kold an industrial refrigeration contractor that does a large amount of work in the fruit storage industry, as well as design and construction in the seafood industry. He has been involved in the design and construction of industrial refrigeration systems throughout the continental U.S., Alaska, and in Central and South America. Kem also assists companies with OSHA – PSM and EPA RPM regulations specifically for ammonia systems.

Kem is actively involved in the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Safety Committee helping in the development of many bulletins, posters, and videos as well as participating in the updating of many IIAR standards. He served as Chairman of the IIAR Safety Committee from 2006 to 2012. He also serves as a voting member of the IIAR Code Committee. He also served on the IIAR Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014. Kem is an instructor for hazard material technicians for dealing specifically with anhydrous ammonia since 1999. Kem is also part of the Yakima County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and serves on the Executive Committee. He has given many presentations at County LEPC meetings on emergency planning for ammonia releases.

New Draft Chapter Bylaws Available for Review

Our chapter’s BOG is in the process of revising and updating our chapter Constitution and Bylaws. Our last update was in 2006 and since then, ASHRAE Society has changed the format required for chapters and we also are updating it to better reflect how we conduct business. The first draft of the new bylaws, including markup from the template provided by Society, is available on the Chapter Bylaws page.

The BOG has not yet set a firm date for ratifying the new document to replace the old one, but we anticipate it will be discussed, modifications made, and potentially ratified at the October BOG meeting. If you have any questions, please contact any BOG Member.

Derek Archer, BOG Member-At-Large

September BOG Meeting Date Error

The website articles indicated that the September BOG meeting had been postponed to October 5th, which was the correct date. The Calendar erroneously indicated October 6th. We apologize for any confusion. If you have any questions, please contact me directly using the webmaster email address on this page.
Derek Archer
Mid-Columbia ASHRAE Webmaster

Lucy Huang’s Participation in Leadership U

From the Winter Conference of ASHRAE – January 2015
Chapter member Lucy Huang gives her feedback on her experience in Leadership U, a program sponsored by the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) committees.

How would you describe the Leadership-U program?
The Leadership-U program is created to let young engineers see a big picture of what ASHRAE does, how ASHRAE functions and what ASHRAE’s culture is. It also provides precious leadership skill learning opportunity to the young members. I learned a lot about how to collaborate and how to contribute.

What was the Winter Conference like?
The Winter Conference got the largest Expo floor area in the ASHRAE history. It also has the most registered attendees in all the Winter Conferences. The Chicago local chapter did a fantastic job of organizing the conference. To me, as a Leadership U participant, this conference gave me a full experience of an ASHRAE conference.

What did you learn about ASHRAE that you didn’t know before?
I attended a lot of the meetings related to ASHRAE publication and education, including the Handbooks, Journals, magazines, online courses, technical seminars and books etc. I use a lot of these resources in my work, but I didn’t know they were contributed voluntarily by ASHRAE members who has the recognized industry and academic experience and expertise. I certainly will appreciate more next time I open a manual, book or use a tool provided by ASHRAE. The devotion and contribution shown by the members of each committee are very impressive. Their passion toward the built environment industry, their efforts to enhance the benefit of the members and their contribution of recognized expertise and knowledge are very respectful. It was also very impressive to see that members’ benefits are always the highest care of the Board where the final decisions are made for the Society.

What was your biggest take-away from your experience?
It is hard to point out one biggest take-away because I learnt a lot, made a lot of new connections and found myself a long-term mentor in ASHRAE. If I have to pick out one most valuable thing, I will give it to the passion and devotion I saw from a lot of the members, including my mentor, and how they use that as the base to collaborate with others from all different background.

What would you like to share with YEA members thinking about applying?
Don’t think any more. Apply now! I am sure everyone will get very valuable experience out of this 6-day program. I didn’t get to attend any of the YEA society-level activities before being selected as a participant, although that won’t hurt.

Contributed by Lucy Huang, Edited by Derek Archer