ASHRAE Toronto Chapter Meeting & Student Night – Oct 7, 2013 – Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre

Maple Leaf Gardens

The new Athletic Centre opened September 6 2012 after being closed in 1999 after the last Maple Leaf Hockey game of the season. It has now been renovated and split up into many uses. A large Loblaws takes up most of the main floor, a LCBO on the second, and the larger part of the remaining multiple stories is divided by the Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre which includes an full sized ice rink, gym, running track as well as lecture halls and classrooms for Ryerson University.

Two tours were offered on Monday evening, one at 4 and another at 5. Here we were privileged to see the new technology added to the old building which included:

  • A large size heat exchanger, roughly 7 feet tall (as seen below)

MPG Heat Exchanger

  • Two massive chillers with touch screen display (as seen below)

MPG Chiller touchscreen

  • Six large boilers
  • And a great venue for the guest speaker – Gary Berlin of Pennsylvania a specialist in Relative Humidity relating to human comfort levels.

MPG conference hall

I hope that the event on November 4th will have a stronger Humber presence and I look forward to seeing many of you signing up for our school tour of F.E.S.T.I (Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute) scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd.

Registration information will be emailed to you soon!


Technical Tour of Humber Lakeshore’s “L” Building

On Friday, April 12, 2013 members of the ASHRAE Humber student branch were pleased to attend a facilities presentation and tour of the Humber College – Lakeshore Campus’ L building, given by Humber’s own Facilities Director Spencer Wood. 

 The L building is the hub of the revitalized Lakeshore Campus, which features state of the art sustainable design techniques that combine design strategies with building technology to achieve higher operational efficiencies and significant energy savings.  Some of these measures include:

  • Green roof
  • Daylighting
  • High efficiency HVAC w/ zone control
  • High efficiency lighting
  • Thermal wheel HRV/ERV
  • Occupancy Sensors

 After the presentation on the building systems we were given a walk-through tour of the mechanical rooms.  With the Lakeshore Campus being set on the grounds of an old hospital for the mentally ill, it is unique in both design and layout.  The L building is new build and central to the campus.  The heritage hospital buildings surround the L building in a semi-circular fashion.  A connection is made underground with a series of service tunnels that are now used to run the heating and cooling loops from the boiler and chiller systems. 

 The feel inside the L building was one of comfort and contentment.  As a place primarily designated for learning, one could tell that the design of the building was done with students in mind.  The building flows from classroom to lecture hall, computer lab to study hall, all quite seamlessly.  The Indoor environmental quality was very good and more than suitable for students’ needs.

 Overall, the L building was an impressive bit of engineered design that fits in perfectly at the Humber-Lakeshore campus.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity for visiting the site.  The ASHRAE Humber Student Branch would like to thank Spencer Wood for a great presentation and tour, his knowledge of the building systems was evident and appreciated.

Design Competition Submission

We are looking for HVAC students that are interested in joining Humber College’s team that will submit an entry in the 2013 ASHRAE Design Competition.

The team will be entering the Integrated Sustainable Building Design category and will be leaded by Jake Harding.

Check out ASHRAE’s website for more details on the design competition:–conferences/student-zone/design-competition

If you are interested please contact Jake at

ASHRAE Scholarships – Engineering Technology Scholarship

ASHRAE annually awards three (3) scholarships, valued at $3,000, to qualified undergraduate Engineering Technology students enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution. Traditionally the recipients have been enrolled in a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. Since Humber College hosts … Continue reading