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This Month's Meeting

December 2020

December 15, 2020
1:00 PM MST - 2:00 PM MST

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Main Presentation:

Many types of facilities, including buildings in the food & beverage and pharmaceuticals industries, have exceptional sanitary requirements. The right choice of drainage and attention to proper engineering practices can help to mitigate different types of contamination and corrosion that can affect drainage systems in production facilities.

Flooring poses a significant hygienic challenge to food and beverage processing facilities because it is where waste, humidity, and physical stress are most prevalent.  Drainage system components and piping are installed in or below flooring, and it is often assumed that regular cleaning rids the systems of the types of biological contaminants that threaten food safety.  Yet despite the well-intentioned efforts and maintenance protocols of food and beverage companies, contamination outbreaks continue and recalls occur all too frequently.

This session will look at ways that hygienically designed drainage systems and an informed selection of drainage products (properly specified, installed, and maintained) can help mitigate the risk of contamination and corrosion. It will also address ways that well designed and constructed drainage can be cleaned with minimal water use and production downtime.

Scott Steindler, FASPE, CPD, GPD, LEED-AP BD+C, ARCSA-AP (IS), GGP, Regional Manager, BLÜCHER, has served as the Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President Technical, and most recently the Region IV Director for the Society Board of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.  He has also served on the local board of directors for the Phoenix, Los Angeles, Charlotte, and New Orleans Chapters of ASPE in various roles. His background includes working in the plumbing industry as a wholesaler, contractor, designer, and manufacturers’ representative. Scott’s 20 years of experience gives him a unique and comprehensive understanding of the Industry as a whole.

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Special Announcement

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President's Report

Here we are, December.  2020 is almost over, thankfully!  Man alive, it has been an awful year.  Not that I think all the problems of 2020 will magically fix themselves on January 1st, but I have hope for improvement throughout the year.  I am optimistically hopeful to be able to have in-person ASPE Chapter Meetings again, but time will tell when that can happen.

In the meantime, we have another great presenter for our December technical meeting, Scott Steindler, will be discussing “Making Intelligent Drainage Choices for Ultra-Hygienic Applications” and then in January and February, Peter Kraut, P.E. will be continuing his presentation on “Commercial Kitchen Design” with parts 2 & 3.

And as an added bonus for joining us at our December meeting, we will have a raffle for a $50 gift card to Café Rio and the winner will be announced at the end of the meeting.  So make sure you get registered today!

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VP Legislative Article

I am grateful for ASPE.  I appreciate having access to resources that help me in my professional life and I really miss our chapter meetings.  I hope you all are well, and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  Take a minute to reach out to a friend or someone you have been thinking about and let them know you care.  On another note, have you heard about the ASPE Alfred Steele Scholarship?


Want some help getting your degree in engineering? Apply for the ASPE Alfred Steele Scholarship. Up to $3,000 in scholarship monies may be awarded each year to qualified applicants. The deadline is January 31!

This scholarship is named in honor of Alfred Steele, PE, a long-time member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and a visionary and pioneer in advocating education and professional development for plumbing engineers and designers.

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are in or plan to attend a college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis (minimum 12 credit hours), enrolled in an engineering program.

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Thank You for Supporting ASPE Intermountain

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VP Membership Article

We have almost made it through 2020! As we look back at this last year many thoughts come to mind. I never thought we would run out of toilet paper and some of the basic necessities. I never thought I would see people wearing face masks everywhere in public. But in all seriousness. It has been a rough year for many of us especially if you or your loved ones have been affected by COVID. Regardless of your circumstances, I believe it is up to us, our attitude and our own perspective whether this has been a good year or not. During the last thanksgiving holiday, I was invited to take a minute each day to simply give thanks for things that bring us happiness. As life is full of challenges that often are outside of our control, I have found that it helps tremendously to have an attitude of gratitude. Today I am specifically grateful for the ASPE board members that use their personal time to help our local chapter run successfully.  May this holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

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Special Announcement

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Affiliate Liaison Article

It’s Christmas 2020 and I am sure you are all like me and have Virtual overload.  Little did I think back in March with the first shutdown of Covid that we’d still be talking about it in December.  We are strong, and I am praying that you are all staying healthy and safe.  So this year when Christmas songs are taking on a new meaning like “I’ll be (stuck at) Home for Christmas” and “Santa Clause is quarantined when he comes to town” We are all turning to different ways of sharing the Christmas Spirit and lifting one another.  I thought I would list some of my Favorite Christmas movies to share with you.

No real order just ones we watch together as a family:

It’s a wonderful life

How the Grinch stole Christmas Cartoon 1967

A Christmas Story


While you were sleeping

White Christmas

The Santa Clause #1 and #2

Home Alone

Miracle on 34th Street

Scrooge 1970 with Albert Finney.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.  May we smile and brighten someone else’s day and share the light of Christ with those we can.  Enjoy the time with your loved ones.  Even if it is by Zoom.

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Special Announcement

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AYP Article

My wife has a nasty habit of putting just about anything into the sink disposal. She says that is what it is built for.

She finally believes me.

Merry Christmas

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