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2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference Tours

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  • Technical Tours

    KC Star Press Pavilion
    Monday, June 24
    2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    It took two city blocks, three years and $200 million to make The Kansas City Star’s printing facility a reality. By replacing antiquated presses with state-of-the-art, computer-controlled systems, The Star now leads the industry in high-quality newspaper publishing in North America.

    The same type of KBA presses in use by The Star also print 100% of all North American currency and 90% of the world’s currency. Our sleek modern glass building stands eight stories tall allowing passers-by to view the printing process.

    BUILDING Size: 424,000 square feet, 3 story building with mezzanine
    Cost: Approximately $200 million
    Docks: 11 Distribution docks and truck aprons, 5 receiving docks, 5 Recycling docks, Mail Center level 3 receiving and distribution docks, Mail Center level 1 Recycling dock.

  • Hybrid Tours

    New for the Annual Conference in Kansas City are general, site seeing tours with an ASHRAE twist! Attend the following tours to see these great sites in Kansas City with a representative from the local ASHRAE Host Committee to provide technical, back-of-house information. These tours are perfect for ASHRAE members and guests alike!  

    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
    Monday, June 24
    2:15 – 5:30 p.m.

    The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-venue center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie opened in Kansas City on September 16, 2011. The Kauffman Center seeks to enrich the lives of all Greater Kansas City residents by presenting vibrant and diverse performances, educational programming and creating a tradition of the performing arts as a catalyst for Kansas City’s civic economic and educational vitality.

    Three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations – Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City – are in residence at the Kauffman Center. The Kauffman Center’s two performance venues, the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, offer audiences engaging and intimate experiences, while at the same time providing resident companies with enhanced performance capabilities.

    Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City’s dynamic downtown, the Kauffman Center brings a spotlight to the region’s performing arts community while simultaneously attracting some of the world’s most talented performers and entertainers, further establishing Kansas City as a major cultural destination.

    • Originally to be supplied by downtown chilled water loop
      • Variable Primary System
      • 42° LWT - 58° LWT to reduce piping and pump sizes due to long runs
      • 2 – 1000 ton water cooled centrifugal chillers
        • Each chiller 60% of design load
        • VFD controlled compressor – NPLV = 0.437
        • Can operate down to 26% of design flow
        • DbA < 85 down to 75% load and <80 at less than 75% load
      • 2 – 1500 gpm VFD controlled double suction chilled water pumps
    • 2  - dual cell 1000 ton open cell towers
      • Low noise gear driven fans
      • Basin heaters allow year round operation
      •  Tower bypass and VFD controlled fans to allow high load turndown. 
      • 2 – 3000 gpm constant flow double suction condenser water pumps controlled by VFD’s for soft start and trimming.
    • Originally to be supplied by district steam system and steam to water converters
      • 4 – 1400 KW electric hot water boilers – 3 run, 1 standby
      • 160° EWT – 190° LWT to reduce pump and piping sizes
      • Primary-secondary pumping system with variable flow secondary. 
      • 4 primary pumps & 3 secondary pumps – 2 run, 1 standby
    • Very strict sound requirements for the halls
      • Shell inside Shell design
      • Performance Halls structures completely independent from building and each other with acoustical joint between
      • NC Ratings - Halls and associate spaces
        • Concert Hall – 15
        • Proscenium Theater – 20
        • Practice Rooms, Dressing Rooms, Control Rooms – 20 – 25
        • Storage Rooms – 30

    Boulevard Brewing Company
    Tuesday, June 25
    2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

    Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Co. has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, with its beers being sold in more than 30 states coast-to-coast.

    Boulevard began in 1988 when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed with used equipment from a closed brewery in Bavaria, Germany, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989.

    Based on the historic example set by the local and regional breweries that were once common throughout the United States prior to Prohibition, the brewery has a focus on providing locally-brewed beer for the Kansas City region. The brewery's first half-barrel of Boulevard Pale Ale was delivered personally by McDonald in his pickup truck to Ponak's Mexican Kitchen, located nearby. In 1990, Boulevard Wheat was added to the product line. Wheat and Pale Ale remain the company’s strongest sellers.[2]

    Introduced in late 2007, the "Smokestack Series" joined Boulevard's family of beers with year-round, seasonal, and limited edition lines of artisanal selections packaged mostly in 750 ml bottles, while some are also available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft. These bold, complex varieties were inspired by Belgian Trappist beer, and share several characteristics including their higher alcohol content. Year-round Smokestack beers include The Calling double ipa, Long Strange TripelThe Sixth Glass quadrupel, Dark Truth StoutTell-Tale Tart a slightly sour ale, and Tank 7, a farmhouse ale. Additional Smokestack beers have been released, including some limited release and some that are available year round.

    In mid-2009, the company introduced Boulevard Pilsner to its core brand family. The brew is a nod to the full-bodied pilsners of Kansas City's historic breweries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the spring of 2013, Boulevard Pilsner was rebranded to KC Pils.

    With capacity reaching an estimated 600,000 barrels from an expansion project completed in 2006, the brewery is now one of the largest craft brewers in the Midwest.

  • General Tours

    Museums at 18th & Vine Tour
    Sunday, June 23
    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, black baseball players competed in the
    Negro Leagues, various professional organizations that operated around the country starting around 1920. Those leagues have a ton of history. They produced a number of legendary players who became stars in the Negro Leagues and in Major League Baseball after Robinson opened the door for his peers. The museum tells the complete story. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum opened in the early ’90s and has moved twice to larger facilities. The current 10,000-square foot home features a large baseball diamond with Negro League all-stars at each position.

    The American Jazz Museum
    Jazz music is just amazing. It puts a smile on your face and pep in your step. KC has an impressive musical history that visitors can experience at the American Jazz Museum, located inside the same building as the Negro Leagues Museum. The museum features listening stations where you can check out your favorite jazz artists and hear songs from performers you may not be familiar with. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Big Joe Turner, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and others are represented with audio clips and old television footage.

    National World War I Museum and Memorial Tour
    Monday, June 24
    2:15 – 5:30 p.m.

    The National World War 1 Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The museum maintains the Liberty Memorial as a beacon of freedom and symbol of the courage, patriotism, sacrifice and honor of all who served in World War 1.

    In 1920 the museum began collecting objects and documents from all the nations involved in the
    First World War. Nearly 100 years later is home to one of the largest Great War collections in the world—more than 75,000 items strong. While it is the official World War 1 museum of the United
    States, the museum uses it collection to tell more than just the American story. Exhibitions take a comprehensive look at the entire war, from the first shots

    Steamboat Arabia Tour
    Tuesday, June 25
    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attraction: a time capsule of life on the
    American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century. It is not your typical museum. Visitors have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience everyday objects that made life possible for pioneers in the 1800s. It is the largest single collection of the pre-Civil War artifacts in the world. When the mighty Steamboat Arabia sank on September 5, 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 was like finding King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River. Remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. The discovery is truly a modern-day treasure-hunting story at its best.