Kinde native among Ferris students to take top honors at HVAC competition

Ferris HVACR students take top honors in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers International System Selection Competition

Earlier this month, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced first place for Ferris State University students in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) in their international HVAC system selection competition.

The aim of the competition is to recognize outstanding student design projects, encourage undergraduate students to get involved in the profession while applying their knowledge of practical design, and promote teamwork.


Teams compete in one of three categories: HVAC Design Calculations, Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD), and HVAC System Selection.

The Ferris HVACR team will receive the HVAC System Selection Award at the ASHRAE Winter 2022 Meeting to be held in Las Vegas from January 29 through February 2, 2022.

Nicholas Schramski, from Kinde, Michigan was one of the members of the team.

This 2021 student design competition focused on a new fictional 50,000 square foot building on a higher education campus in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The building included a two-storey cafeteria, associated offices and a commercial kitchen with storage space. The teams had to ensure safe and healthy storage of food materials on the lower level in a manner that prevents spoilage and the growth of bacteria, while providing sufficient kitchen/server space and permanent seating to accommodate a peak occupancy of 720 students at any one time. with 3,000 students using the facility per day.

Joseph Pacella, the principal advisor to the Ferris ASHRAE team, comments: “Since 1997, the projects that the Ferris HVACR students are working on have become increasingly challenging in the ASHRAE material selection competition. The HVACR team has done a great job and should be commended for the significant work and turnkey solutions for the competition.” He added: “It was quite a journey leading to our first place result, which has not happened in nearly fourteen years for Ferris State University’s HVACR program. The team members graduated in May 2021 and all have a paid job. This first prize is a significant achievement as they embark on their professional career and is testament to the tremendous effort put in by this outstanding group of students.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 people. Its sole purpose is to advance the science of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration through research, standard writing, publications and continuing education, serving the changing needs of the public.

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