RPA Engineering Hosts ASHRAE Lehigh Valley Chapter

RPA Engineering Hosts ASHRAE Lehigh Valley Chapter

Sharing insights on Design in Laboratories and Cleanroom HVAC Systems

RPA Engineering welcomed the Lehigh Valley Chapter of ASHRAE and Penn State Engineering student guests at our Wyomissing office for ASHRAE LVC’s January meeting. Each month the Lehigh Valley Chapter hosts events that promote collaboration, networking, expertise, and camaraderie among industry leaders.

Jon Becker (Vice President and Senior Project Manager at RPA Engineering) and Matt Russell (Senior Mechanical Engineer at RPA Engineering) presented “Design in Laboratories and Cleanroom HVAC Systems.” The presentation discussed design considerations, standards, and best practices when designing a laboratory or cleanroom. With experience as Project Engineers and Project Managers on multiple projects, Becker and Russell illustrated the complexities and challenges that can arise in the design process such as:

  • Various filtration, humidity, and pressurization requirements
  • Incorporating reliability engineering to reduce downtime
  • Working with materials in multiple hazardous categories

They concluded with three Case Studies from recent projects at RPA Engineering, including an Industrial Gas Manufacturing Facility, ISO 5 & 7 Cleanroom, and a Pharmaceutical Laboratory Cleanroom.

Special thanks to Christine Smith, President of ASHRAE LVC; John Daher, President-Elect of ASHRAE-LVC; and Matt Russell, ASHRAE YEA Co-Chair, for organizing January’s event. RPA Engineering is a proud partner with ASHRAE, a global organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

  To learn more about or to join ASHRAE LVC, check out their website.

To read more about RPA’s related research, download our white paper, Mitigation of Bioaerosoles Within a Building.

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