COVID 19 Task Force

It has been said that to engineer is human, meaning that it is in our very nature to address life’s challenges with solutions that continually improve the quality of our existence. So it should come as no surprise that when confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit Chapter of ASHRAE sprang into action. Past President Sonya M. Pouncy (09-10) reached out to then President, Kelly Sugg (19-20) and then President-Elect, Bradley S. Herbeck with ideas of convening a local task force to augment the work being done by Society. It was a call to action that Sugg and Herbeck knew the Chapter had to answer. The three discussed ways to help Michigan’s building owners and managers who would be looking for local technical support and guidance for both essential workplaces that had to remain open and for buildings that would reopen after the pandemic began to recede. They agreed that a Michigan-based task force could support local building owners and managers with more specific, “boots-on-the-ground” guidance and assistance for restarting, operating, and maintaining their HVAC systems in ways that help reduce risks of COVID-19 transmission.  Once the call for participants was broadcast, members responded from both the Detroit and Western Michigan Chapters, often bringing with them like-minded professionals from HVAC-affiliated industries and societies. Currently, the task force consists of:

Sonya M. Pouncy, Chair

Simon J. Ren, 1st Vice Chair

Bradley S. Herbeck, 2nd Vice Chair

Oscar Cobb, Jr.

Steve DeVault

Tracy Ennes

Ron George

Wayne Growth

Joshua Hileman

John Line

Sari Mira

John Nametz

Jim Newman

Brian Noonan

Paul Prentice

Glenn Remington

John Rumohr (Western, MI Chapter)

Mark Saba

Scott Smith

Kelly Sugg

Andrew Ward

We are indebted to this ad hoc committee for its work in the following activities:

  • Development of the Recommendations for HVAC and Domestic Water Systems when Re-Opening Facilities after Periods of COVID-19 Dormancy. This guidance document lists recommended actions for 20 building system components. If you would like to share the document with one of your clients, please feel free to download a copy from the link above.
  • Press releases sent to network affiliates for ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo; and to Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Michigan Chronicle newspapers
  • Distribution of the Recommendations to:
    • Michigan’s Governor
    • Michigan’s Directors of Health & Humans Services, COVID-19 Workplace Safety, Bureau of Construction Codes, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Health Officers of all 83 Michigan counties and the City of Detroit
    • and a host of local organizations including Detroit Chapters of AIA, BOMA, IFMA, and ULI; Detroit 2030; Engineering Society of Detroit; Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (MiIPL); Michigan Mechanical Inspectors’ Association; City of Detroit Department of Buildings, Safety and Environmental Engineering; and others

Summer “Virtual” Presentations Sponsored by ASHRAE

ASHRAE Society Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness Resources:

Additional COVID-19 Resources



State of  Michigan COVID-19