January 2020 Print

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Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society.

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This Month's Meeting

January 21, 2020
11:30 AM MST - 1:00 PM MST

Legends Sports Pub
677 S. 200 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Venue website

Main Presentation:

Choosing the Technology

Discuss factors that determine the best technology for the application
NFPA 99 Healthcare Facilities Code
Medical Air
Instrument Air
Lab Air
Dental Air
Medical Vacuum
Lab Vacuum
Dental Vacuum

Presenter Information:

Elizabeth Zirkle | Medical Gas/Lab Consultant

3201 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209

M: 480 406 7521 | T: 704 529 5442 | W:

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Thank You for Supporting ASPE Intermountain

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Community Service

Utah Food Bank Service Project

February 01, 2020
8:00 AM MST - 10:00 AM MST

Utah Food Bank
3150 S 900 W
South Salt Lake, UT 84119

On February 1st we are getting together, with family and friends, to give back to our community at the Utah Food Bank, 3150 S 900 W, South Salt Lake, UT 84119 from 8 am to 10 am.  We are limited to 30 volunteers and volunteers must be 12 or older.  Registraion is required by 01/24, to give the Food Bank a final number of volunteers to expect.  All volunteers that show up will receive a $10 Concessions Gift Card for our upcoming ASPE movie night.  

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President's Report

Happy New Year!  As I’m thinking of what to write for my article, a common phrase heard this time of year, “New Year, New You” keeps bouncing around my head.  I’ve discussed in earlier articles about how new year’s resolutions don’t work for me, but thinking on a cellular lever, “New Year, New You” does make a little sense.  It would probably be more accurate as “New Day, New You” since each and every day some skin cells die and fall off a person’s body, only to be replaced to new skin cells.  But I guess that new skin cells is the “New You” that the phrase is referring to.

Something new for the chapter, our service project at the Utah Food Bank!!!  Details are finalized, we are scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8am to 10 am.  The Food Bank can accomidate groups up to 30 volunteers so space is limited and volunteers must be 12 or older.  Sign up on our website by the 24th so we can get a head count to the Food Bank.  And all volunteers will receive a $10 concessions gift card for our movie night on February 18, 2020.  I hope to have more confirmed details of our movie night at our Technical Meeting.

This month our technical presentation will be given by Elizabeth Zirkle with Pattons Medical.  The title is “Choosing the Technology” and will be discussing factors that determine the best technology for the application, NFPA 99 Healthcare Facilities Code, Medical Air, Instrument Air, Lab Air, Dental Air, Medical Vacuum, Lab Vacuum and Dental Vacuum.

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Special Announcement

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VP Technical Article

Kyle found himself too busy with his regular job to get an article done and sent to me again this month.  As busy as Kyle gets, I want to publicly thank him for his dedication to our ASPE Intermountain Chapter.  But his busy-ness stopping him from submitting an article also means that I’ll share some more secrets about Captain Silly Pants, aka Kyle Sorenson.  Kyle wears makeup nearly everyday of his life.  I’m not talking about a little foundation, lipstick or mascara.  Kyle natural looks like a clown.  Snow white face, big red lips and a buffy red nose.  The makeup he wears is to cover up the clown look to allow him to get by in the world without everyone laughing in his general direction.

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Member Spotlight

My name is Ryan Erickson, I am 36 years old and I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada where I started working in the MEP design engineering industry 19 years ago.


When I was 17 years old and a senior in high school, I took a Computer Aided Drafting elective and I loved the class.  It turns out a semester of high school experience was enough to get me hired part-time at a MEP consulting engineering firm as a CAD Operator.


Since my first job as a CAD Operator, I have filled a few different roles in the industry. Most of my time working has been spent under the role of mechanical & plumbing designer, but I have also been employed as a CAD manager, a mechanical project manager, and even a few years working for a mechanical contractor as a mechanical designer/estimator.


In 2012 I graduated with a degree in Information Technology and I ended up leaving the MEP industry for a few years. Little did I know I would be back. I find my degree in information technology translates very well as the world becomes increasingly intertwined with computers.


I like to spend my spare time with my two kids, ages 3 months and 3 years, and my beautiful wife to whom I have been married 5 years. I also enjoy playing video games and building computers.

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VP Legislative Article

With the new year we often reflect on our lives and on how we can improve or what we want to change.  This year I have a long list of possible “resolutions” and deciding which ones are realistic, measurable, achievable and so forth is a daunting task to say the least.  Unfortunately, “Improved ASPE Newsletter Articles” didn’t make the cut.

Happy New Year

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VP Membership Article

Did you know you can download all four ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbooks directly online? Simply go to, sign in with your membership credentials and under Publications & News you will be able to access Plumbing Engineer Magazine, ASPE Pipeline news site, ASPE monthly newsletter, all Plumbing Engineering Design Handbooks and more.

This is a great resource if you are not in the office but need access to this information. ASPE is dedicated in providing us with the technical information we require to succeed in our career.

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Special Announcement

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Affiliate Liaison Article

Welcome to the year 2020.  As I was thinking of this new year that is upon us, I saw, on the internet, a lot of stories about bucket lists and things that “You must Do”.  It made me think,  what does the internet advise people “To Do” in Salt Lake City? 

Here are the top 10 Best things to do in Salt Lake City (US News/ Travel)

  1. Temple Square (Sightseeing Free)
  2. Great Salt Lake (Natural wonders)
  3. Liberty Park (Parks and Gardens)
  4. Park City (Festivals, Hiking and Skiing)
  5. Red Butte Garden (Parks and Gardens)
  6. Snowbird Ski and Summer (Recreation, Skiing)
  7. Salt Lake City Public Library (Sightseeing)
  8. Family History Library (Museums, Sightseeing)
  9. Big Cottonwood Canyon (Hiking, Sightseeing)
  10. Hogle Zoo (Zoo)

I’ve been raised here in Salt Lake City and there are a couple of items on that list that I haven’t done.

I did notice that ASPE was not anywhere on that list of the top 10.   But I hope we can all make attending ASPE meetings and activities this year one of those “To Do” items.  I see that the leadership works hard and is trying to provide great opportunities to learn and grow through the meetings and events that are planned for this year. I am grateful for the involvement that I have.

I hope that we can all make 2020 an amazing year. 

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Special Announcement

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AYP Article

Happy 2020 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of family, friends, and good food. At the end of one year and the start of another it is fun to look back on what took place. For myself, 2019 had some life changing opportunities in my personal life as well as my professional life. One such opportunity was to join the ASPE board and learn the logistics of ASPE. This past year has had some great monthly lunch presentations, Halloween costume competitions, socials, and golf tournament.


Looking forward to 2020 it is time to set new year resolutions and goals. If you are feeling disappointed that you may have missed out on some great ASPE activities this past year. Worry not, this coming year will be just as good if not better. There is no time like the present to be more involved in ASPE than ever before. The first activity coming up is the Utah Food Bank service project on the 1st of February. We will be meeting at the Utah Food Bank (3150 S 900 W South Salt Lake) at 8:00 AM and plan to be there serving and working till 10:00 AM. If you have never been to help at the Food Bank. It is a fun and fulfilling experience you won’t want to miss out on. You can sign up and see more details on the local ASPE intermountain chapter website ( We would love to see you in February and at all other ASPE activities this year. See you then! 

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