HVACR Week 2010 lived up to its billing as "the place where the industry meets," as more than 2,000 buildings professionals—mechanical engineers, facility managers, commercial and residential contractors, manufacturers—gathered in Baltimore for three days of education, networking, and fun.
Produced and managed by HPAC Engineering and sibling publication Contracting Business, the second annual HVACR Week—held Sept. 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center—consisted of three main events: HPAC Engineering's Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference, in its seventh year, and Contracting Business' HVAC Comfortech and Commercial HVACR Symposium, in their 14th and second years, respectively.
"HVACR Week creates an educational, networking, and product-showcase event that truly represents all aspects of the HVACR industry," Mike Weil, editorial director of HPAC Engineering and Contracting Business, said. "It's new. It's now. It's here. This really is the place to be for HVACR professionals. HVACR Week attracts leaders from every corner of the industry. They're the movers and shakers who make HVACR go."
For many, a highlight of HVACR Week 2010 was the keynote address sponsored by Trane and delivered by Mike Eruzione, captain of the "Miracle on Ice" gold-medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
"I've never met a person in my life who was successful because they were lucky," Eruzione told attendees. "Success is a result of the time and effort you put into it.
"People and companies are successful because they believe in old-fashioned values," Eruzione continued. "They have a work ethic, pride, commitment, and respect. They're not afraid to come to work each day and roll up their sleeves with the goal of being the best.
"When you'’re in an atmosphere where everyone believes they can accomplish anything, that's a great place to be," Eruzione concluded. "Have fun. Enjoy what you're doing. Understand how you're going to pursue your goals: through time, effort, and work."
Also rating high among attendees were the welcome reception, sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies, and the Thursday Night Extravaganza, sponsored by LG Commercial Air Conditioning and Rheem/Ruud and held at the Maryland Science Center.
The EGB portion of HVACR Week consisted of six sessions:
"There's lots of education here," Ramon Hernandez, president of R&R Mechanical in Philadelphia, said.
Pat Nugent, president of John Nugent & Sons in McLean, Va., closed his company for an entire day and brought 50 employees to the event.
"We're here to improve our company by staying up to date on cutting-edge ideas," Nugent said.
HVACR Week 2011 will be held Sept. 21-23 in Indianapolis. Visit www.hvacrweek.com for updates.
HPAC Engineering is accepting proposals for sessions for EGB 2011. Contact Executive Editor Scott Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terry McIver and Kate Kelly of Contracting Business contributed to this report.