ASHRAE Northeast Newsletter - February 2020



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President's Message - February 2020

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Groundhog Day! Oh yeah, and that Football fans enjoyed the Superbowl too. I want to thank everyone whom participated in this year’s ASHRAE Northeast Superbowl Squares for their help in raising funds to support ASHRAE Research!

Congratulations to this year’s Winners!


On the topic of ASHRAE Research, Did you know? ASHRAE currently has 59 active research projects, with a total value of $10.6 million!! If you would like to check out some of the projects your contributions have helped to fund, head on over to the ASHRAE Society Website ASHRAE members have free access to pdf forms of completed ASHRAE Research reports in the repository. These reports, as well as a wealth of other information, can be found via ASHRAE’s Technology Portal: Simply sign in using your e-mail and password for ASHRAE Society (please note this may be different than your log-in information for our Northeast Chapter website) and active-dues-paying ASHRAE members can have access to ASHRAE Research Reports, ASHRAE Journal Articles, and ASHRAE Handbooks!





Kevin Houghtaling

ASHRAE Northeast Chapter

President 2019-2020

Membership Promotion - February 2020


This month I had the pleasure to speak with Curt Wilsey, P.E Principal, of Quantum Engineering.


Curt was born and raised in Selkirk, New York and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is now the owner and President of Quantum Engineering based in his hometown of Selkirk. Curt has been a member of ASHRAE since 1987; having served as President from 1996 to 1997 and Chapter Historian from 2002 to 2003.


Engineering has always been a family affair, beginning with Curt’s father. Curt’s father was an engineer and owner of an engineering consulting firm where Curt worked as a kid. He would spend his nights and weekends in high school working with father drafting plans. This, at times, would take away from his regular school work. Luckily, his teachers would allow him to submit the drawings he was working on with his father in lieu of the required homework, as long as he could explain them. Today you can find his wife, daughter, and son all working side by side with Curt at Quantum Engineering.


Curt has had a long and prestigious career with countless highlights. He helped design the ventilation system at the Knickerbocker Arena, now the Times Union Center, along with the Department of Transportation building located at 50 Wolf Road in Colonie. Most recently, Curt and his team of elite engineers designed the HVAC system for the historic home of James Madison, fourth U.S. President, in Virginia. The home, built in 1767, is over 12,000 square feet, featuring 22 rooms, and quite obviously presented many engineering challenges.


Curt and his team were able to meet each and every challenge. Of the utmost importance was designing a system that would preserve the extensive collection of original furniture, documents, and textiles. So, where do you install a sophisticated system of HVAC equipment in house over 250 years old? Curt and his team designed a 1,000 square foot utility bunker, 18 feet below the ground. The design includes a geothermal system that provides a renewable, efficient, and discrete heating and cooling system that can operate without being noticed.


When Curt is not spending time on his many projects, you can find him watching the Giants, savoring his wife’s tuna casserole, or admiring his collection of vintage mechanical equipment. If you ever have the chance to have a conversation with Curt, jump at the opportunity. I had a great time interviewing Curt and getting to know him better. You can always count on him and his company, Quantum Engineering, to support ASHRAE NorthEast.


Jason Filler

Membership Promotion Chair



Chapter History Report - February 2020

I want to extend congratulations to Richard Vehlow on receiving the ASHRAE Society Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Annual meeting of ASHRAE.  This award is given for distinguished service on behalf of the Society, Region and Chapter.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST:  The year was 1989 and the Northeastern New York Chapter of ASHRAE held the February meeting at Donovan's Restaurant on Route 146 in Clifton Park.  The speaker was Mr. Karpinski, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Farr Company.  Mr. Karpinski spoke on HVAC Filter applications and Ventilation Effectiveness.  The meeting was also celebrating Past Presidents of the Chapter.  Dinner cost was $15.00 for Members and $18.00 for Non-Members.

Chapter Officers for 1988 -1989 were as follows:

President – William Seward, President Elect – Timothy Gannon, Vice President – Adam Hinge, Treasurer – Joseph Ting, Secretary – Michael Moshier, – BOG - Raymond Albrecht, BOG – Willard Bridgham (Past President), BOG - Bill Koza, BOG – Gary Merritt, BOG – Mike Reitano.


That is the way it was on February 27, 1989.

– ASHRAE is celebrating 125 Years.

Northeast Chapter Historian - (February 2020)

Stan Westhoff


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