ASHRAE Boston March Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Waltham


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  • ASHRAE Boston Chapter member registering to attend.
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Tuesday March 28, 2022

 ASHRAE Boston Meeting

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Embassy Suites Waltham

550 Winter Street Waltham, MA 02451

Event Fee

AEE & ASHRAE Members: $50

Students & Presenters: Free


5:00-5:30 Networking

5:30-6:30 Tech Session

6:30-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:00 Main Presentation 


The technical session topic will be focused on some basics that the “indoor” engineer may want to know from the “outdoor” engineers where there is a disconnect-we need a bridge. We invited Martin to talk to us and our friends at AEE at our joint meeting. Martin and his “family“ have a long history with Geothermal systems dating back over 45 years in the design business and distribution business- Water Energy Distributors, Inc. They have been involved in over 15,000 installations and love to talk about the heat beneath or feet. We welcome members and nonmembers to attend and learn about one aspect of recent trends towards decarbonization.

Presenter: Martin Orio, AI

Martin is owner and manager of Massachusetts Geothermal in Medfield, MA. Martin focuses on residential complex and smaller commercial site geothermal installations. Martin is co-founder and past President of The New England Geothermal Professional Association. Martin is passionate about geothermal systems and on informing people on the costs, benefits, options, applications and misapplications of ground source heat pump technology. Martin remains active with the Geothermal Association and speaks at industry events in the region.



The Watchtower Headquarters Project Ramapo is a live work play campus located in Rockland County NY. The campus will be situated on 280 wooded acres and contain over 2 million square feet of new construction. There will be 1,300 residential apartments along with a Media Center, Events Center an office building and a swim/cardio fitness center. The dining room server will include an all-electric commercial kitchen. The existing wetlands will be preserved and there will be over 3 miles of nature trails. All of the buildings on the campus will be high performance, exceeding the requirements of the NYS Stretch Code and include advanced HVAC systems and aggressive heat recovery strategies. All heating and cooling will be provided from a fossil-fuel-free central energy plant connected to a 280 well geothermal field. Each well is 800 feet deep and utilizes a 4” concentric heat exchanger. The peak cooling capacity of the plant/field is over 1600 tons and heating peak capacity is over 26 MMBtu.


Presenter: Andrew Kozak

Andrew is a Principal at BR+A engineers in New York City where he leads a combined Mechanical and Energy Engineering group. He is a licensed professional engineer in 15 states and a Fellow with the Association of Energy Engineers. Andrew’s engineering career spans over 25 years engaging many diverse projects including hospitals, high rise buildings, higher education, thermal distribution networks, and work in the Canadian nuclear industry.  Andrew is also an educator who lectures at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, most recently with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is passionate about energy engineering and applies a deeply analytical and solutions driven approach to his work. This work recognized in the industry for Net Zero Carbon and Fossil Fuel Free buildings and campuses. His most recent work is the Watchtower live/work/play campus in Ramapo, NY which is fossil fuel free and includes a 280-well geothermal field.

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