Meeting/Event Information

May Dinner Meeting Past Presidents' & Student Ngiht





Meeting Highlights:

All CT ASHRAE Past Presidents are encouraged to attend and a group picture will be taken. Registration for Past Presidents is free!

All students can attend for free!

Winners of the 2017-2018 Membership Promotion Battle will be announced and will receive recognition!


Order of Events:

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Tech Session

5:45 PM to 6:45 PM - Registration, Networking & Cocktail Hour

6:45 PM to 7:15 PM - Dinner

7:15 PM to 8:30 PM - Dinner Session







Tech Session Duration: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Tech Session Location: Berlin Room


Tech Session Description: The tech session will provide an overview of why the CO2 cascade system is used and the advantages and disadvantages for these systems. Some design details will be explained as well as different application examples. Application examples include freezing processes and guidance in how to select the most efficient freezing system.


Tech Session Speaker: Ole Christensen, VP of Engineering, M&M Refrigeration, Inc.


Speaker Bio: Ole Christensen has been involved in the refrigeration industry for more than 35 years, beginning his career in his home country of Denmark. In 2004, Ole joined M&M Refrigeration, Inc., USA, as Vice President of Engineering. In this current position, he has lead the design of more than 50 CO2 Cascade Refrigeration Systems.

Ole has spoken numerous times about CO2 Cascade Refrigeration Systems at Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) chapter meetings as well as at RETA national conventions. At the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) convention in 2006, Ole Christensen presented his paper on "System Design for Industrial Ammonia/CO2 Cascade Installations." He has been a member of the IIAR committee responsible for writing and issuing the IIAR "Carbon Dioxide Industrial Refrigeration Handbook." He has also taught at the yearly, "Industrial Refrigeration Workshop" arranged by IIAR and Kansas University.

Ole holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineer, specializing in refrigeration technology, from the Technical University of Denmark.


Dinner Presentation:




Dinner Session Duration: 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM


Dinner Session Location: Cromwell Room


Dinner Presentation Description: The following topics will be discussed...

2017 Changes to the AIA Contract Documents

- The impact of the changes on the rights and responsibilities of sub-consultants to the prime design professional

- Suggestions for negotiation

- Practice tips for contracting

Risk Reduction/Dispute Resolution

- Best practices to avoid disputes

- Dispute resolution forums - pros and cons

- Common disputes

- Best practices in the face of a dispute


Dinner Sessions Speakers: Laurann Asklof and Christine Chipman, Attorneys at Law, Shipman and Goodwin


Speakers' Bios: 

Laurann Asklof, Partner

Laurann Asklof practices in the area of Construction Law and Litigation. She represents owners, contractors and subcontractors throughout Connecticut in all forums of litigation, including Alternative Dispute Resolution processes, and state and federal courts. Laurann has been the principal litigator for the University of Connecticut's UCONN 2000, 21st Century Construction Infrastructure Programs. She has also had the honor of being chosen as outside counsel for the University of Connecticut’s Next Generation Construction Program.

Laurann provides guidance to construction clients throughout the life of a project, including project delivery methods, procurement/bidding; and drafting and negotiations of contracts. She also counsels public clients on statutory and regulatory compliance issues.

Laurann has presented at seminars on various construction topics, including in the areas of where construction and environmental issues intersect and she has authored various articles. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law instructing students in the art of appellate writing and oral argument. She has also been a guest speaker for UConn’s Senior Seminar addressing the subject of engineering liability.

In addition, Laurann works closely with our school law attorneys in providing guidance on the bidding process, contracts and dispute resolution.

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Adjunct Professor (1998-1999)
  • University of Connecticut, Senior Engineering Seminar: Guest Speaker (2010-2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Construction Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Construction Law Section, Executive Committee; Treasurer
  • Professional Women in Construction: President; past Vice President; past Chair, Mentor Committee; and past Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Trinity Episcopal Church of Collinsville: past Vestry member (2010-2013); past Christian education teacher (1997-2012)
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid: represent tenants in summary process matters
  • Center for Children’s Advocacy: provide pro bono services


Christine L. Chipman, Partner

Christine Chipman assists owners, developers, contractors and design professionals with construction-related contracting and procurement matters. She drafts, negotiates and interprets complex agreements for public and private construction projects incorporating a wide variety of project delivery, project management and risk allocation methods.  Christine provides guidance to public and quasi-public owners, such as public school districts and universities, in connection with bidding/procurement practices, including statutory and regulatory compliance and bonding and insurance requirements. With her background in business and commercial real estate law, Christine also frequently addresses the legal concerns that arise in day-to-day operations of construction clients such as commercial contracting, contract disputes, commercial real estate transactions, leasing and commercial finance matters.

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association: Construction Law Section, Executive Committee Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section, Secretary (2004 - 2008)

Community Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Literacy Volunteers:  ESL/Citizenship Tutor



Meeting Sponsors:

Wine/Beer Raffle Sponsor: 1 Available

Appetizer Display Tray Sponsor: 1 Available

Vendor Tables: 3 Available

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Dinner Menu:

Caesar Salad

Tomato Basil Soup

Asian Grilled Salmon

Gorgonzola Encrusted Hangar Steak

Chef's Choice Vegetable and Startch

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$40.00 CT ASHRAE Member Ticket
$50.00 after 05:00 pm May 9

$0.00 CT ASHRAE Member Past President Ticket

$50.00 Non-member (Guest) Ticket
$60.00 after 05:00 pm May 9

$0.00 Non-member Past President Ticket

$0.00 Student Non-member Ticket

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