ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Gaming, the East Coast and the state-of-the-state in hvacr all come together next month at The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting and AHR Expo, slated for January 12-16.

The Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
Gaming, the East Coast and the state-of-the-state in hvacr all come together next month at The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting and AHR Expo, slated for January 12-16 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Several sessions will address energy management and economic issues, including energy deregulation. A forum will address local experiences within states that have already had experience with energy deregulation, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Saving energy is a recurring interest and need. The Society will be revising and publishing ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” in 2004. The standard is published on a three-year cycle to coincide with the deadlines for adoption by major building code organizations. A forum will discuss whether Standards 90.1 and its companion, 90.2 Energy Efficient Design of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, should be combined into a single standard.

A thought-provoking public session will take place on Monday, January 14 on “Energy crisis or energy glut? The response to conflicting signals.”

A symposium will discuss the price and benefit tradeoffs of high-efficiency equipment, and the advantages of SEER-13 versus SEER-12 as the new minimum efficiency standard for hvac equipment.

Ventilation and IAQ for the hospitality industry and in gambling casinos, clean room design, controlling temperature and humidity in museums, and recent developments in underfloor air distribution are among the more specialized topics. Many of the sessions focus on ductwork, ventilation and air distribution, including a two-part technical session on optimum duct design for variable air volume systems.

Environmentally-friendly building design, and guidelines for minimizing the risk from Legionella are among other topics to be discussed.

The technical program consists of 48 seminars, 19 symposia, 23 open-discussion forums, three technical sessions (paper presentations), a poster session and a public session. A total of 115 papers will be presented.

The new Ocean Life Center offers aquariums and nautical exhibits.

Tours to amuse, educate

Consider this a working vacation. When you’re not at a technical session, meeting or viewing the Expo, there are a number of tours offered: The Miss America Tour, for instance, offers history of the pageant at Monday 9-11 a.m., $36 per person. The Nautical Tour, same day, from 2:30-5 p.m., offers a tour of the newly restored Absecon Lighthouse. Climb its 228 steps, if you choose, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Atlantic City from the top. Or consider a visit to the Ocean Life Center, a new 14,300-sq.ft. (1328 sq. meters) nautical and marine education attraction. Three floors of aquariums and nautical exhibits feature local and tropical fish specimens, a touch tank, and an interactive computer entertainment center programmed with marine and maritime themes. Cost is $52 per person. On Tuesday, there is a tour of the Renault Winery, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This includes a narrated tour of Renault’s antique glass museum, which houses a priceless champagne and wine glass collection dating back to medieval times. Then it’s off to The Towne of Historic Smithville. This quaint outdoor village offers a distinctive variety of boutiques and specialty shops housed in historic buildings. Price: $50 per person.

Technical Tours include one of Atlantic City’s historic convention center on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3:15-5:30 p.m.

The project included a new seating bowl for 12,000 spectators placed in the existing main hall. The historic Convention Center, which is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, was the largest column free space in the world when completed in 1929. Hvac highlights include:

  • 18 air-handling units (AHU) (nine on each side within roof truss areas), 14 built-in-place units were totally replaced, and four were rehabbed in place.

  • Entire building is run with Conectiv district steam and chilled water.

  • Chilled water system includes two large plate and frame heat exchangers with three 100 hp (746 kW) variable flow pumps.

    Cost is $10 per person.

    The Winter Meeting is held in conjunction with the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Expo Jan. 14-16 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. For more information on the Expo phone 203-221-9232; fax 203-221-9260;

    For more information on the Winter Meeting contact ASHRAE at 800-5-ASHRAE (U.S. and Canada); 404-636-8400; fax 404-321-5478; or visit ASHRAE online at

    AHR Expo Show dates and hours:

    Monday, January 14

    10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, January 15

    10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, January 16

    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    On-site registration opens at 9:00 a.m. daily (registration open on Sunday, January 13, 12 – 5 p.m.)

    Location: Atlantic City Convention Center

    One Ocean Way

    Future Locations:

    2003 Chicago January 27-29, 2003

    2004 Anaheim Calif.

    2005 Orlando, Fla.

    Number of Exhibiting Companies: 1,200+

    Square Feet of Exhibit Space: 320,000+

    Number of Anticipated Visitors: 30,000+

    Product Categories on Display:

    Air-Conditioning Systems • Air Handlers • Automated Systems and other Building Integration Products • Boilers • Chillers • Components • Compressors • Controls • Ducts • Energy Controls • Fans • Filters • Furnaces • Heat Exchangers • Heating Equipment • Instruments • Pumps • Refrigeration Systems • Software • Tools • Valves • Ventilation Equipment.

    Time to play games

    Life isn’t just heat pumps and air filters. Now that you’re in Atlantic City, it’s probably logical that you’ll find yourself at some point taking part in some recreational gaming. According to, “Caesars represents the epitome of gaming in Atlantic City. Already one of the nicest casinos in town, Caesars recently completed a $280 million restoration of their facilities. The new 120,231-sq.-ft. casino gives Caesars one of the largest contiguous gaming spaces in Atlantic City. The renovation also included the addition of the fabulous Temple Lobby and The Grand Fountain located on the corner of Pacific and Missouri Avenues.

    “One of the most impressive additions to Caesars is the faux sky as seen in Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. This attraction has to be seen in order to be believed. Through the use of fiber optics and cold cathode neon lighting, the ceiling resembles a nighttime sky with over 12,000 points of light.”

    The gaming at Caesars is called a good mixture of slots and table games, but generally geared to high-rollers. The second floor also has a small area for “poker and ponies.”

    Also noteworthy, of course, is “the Donald’s” Trump Taj Mahal, which features “the gaudiest and most extravagant architecture of any of Atlantic City’s casinos. They offer a great variety of games for different skills of players, and their entertainment is high quality.”

    Bally’s, another Atlantic City fixture, was one of the first three casinos in the city, dating back to the early 1980s. This year it opened a huge addition called Bally’s Wild Wild West. “This casino is good for table players, but is known to be a slot haven. They do have a poker room, but they only offer stud games. There is also keno and betting on the ponies in Billy’s Poker Parlor."