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September Lunch Meeting

Topic: ASHRAE, APPA, and the University of Arizona

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

Location: Parking at Cherry Ave. Garage 1641 E. Enke Dr.

                 Presentation and Lunch at UofA Stadium Club (NE corner of UA Stadium 6th flr.)

                                       Plant Tour at CHRP (on 4th west of Highland)

                                       Click here for a map of the location.

***For the time being, attendance of the central plant tour is limited to 35 Members for logistics reasons.

ASHRAE, APPA, and the University of Arizona
This presentation will focus on outlining upcoming changes at the University in boosting student participation and engagement in the HVAC industry. Christopher Kopach (President Elect of APPA International) will be speaking for a “partner organization” that we have a Memorandum of Understanding with. APPA is the Association of Physical Plant Administrators. It was signed into effect in July of 2016. This memorandum has many points, but we are currently focusing on the Education portion from this document:
     As leading providers of conventional and online educational services and in recognition of the vital role professional development has for our respective members, ASHRAE and APPA agree to:

  • Cross-market educational offerings at the chapter, regional, national and international levels.
  • Explore opportunities to co-develop new courses or other training programs that take advantage of overlapping and complimentary expertise between ASHRAE and APPA.
  • Discuss ways that certification programs can be promoted, jointly developed, or administered.
  • Cooperate to provide real world education and experience for University students in energy audit and assessment leading to a Building Energy Quotient (beQ) rating.”

Christopher Kopach, CEFP
President Elect of APPA International


Christopher Kopach started working as a custodian to pay his way through college when he was 18 years old. By 21, he'd moved into a management position, and he earned his bachelor's degree in business from Eastern Michigan University. He came to the University of Arizona in 1996 and moved up the Facilities Management ranks from a custodial crew manager to assistant director of custodial services to associate director of custodial and grounds services before becoming associate director of the entire department. When he was promoted to that position, he decided to get his master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, which he completed in 2002.

Chris is now the Assistant Vice President Facilities Management and serves as the President-Elect for APPA International. He approached our Local ASHRAE Chapter a few months ago in hopes of giving support and utilizing our combined resources in bolstering the next generation of HVAC professionals. 

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