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HVAC activity for undergrads – tour, club, class

Micron Center for Materials Research
The Micron Center for Materials Research (MCMR) is Boise State University’s newest large academic building.

ASHRAE Building Tour – April 20

The Idaho ASHRAE Chapter, in collaboration with the Boise State Student ASHRAE Chapter, will host a tour of the Micron Center for Materials Research building.

When: Wednesday, April 20th. Tour 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Pizza & Social Hour from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Where: Micron Center for Materials Research, 1435 W University Drive, Boise ID 83725. Meet in the northeast lobby area bordering University Dr and Manitou Ave.

Description: The Micron Center for Materials Research (MCMR) is Boise State University’s newest large academic building. At nearly 100,000 square feet, it encompasses lecture halls, laboratories, offices, and study areas. The project was named 2021 Project of the Year by Idaho Business Review, and received the City of Boise’s 2021 Building Excellence in Sustainability Award. The tour will cover central building mechanical systems (air handlers, boilers, chillers) as well as features such as displacement ventilation and laboratory systems. The tour is a joint event with our Boise State ASHRAE student branch and will be followed by networking and pizza in the building’s lobby.

Registration: Let us know you are coming so we have food and materials for everyone! Click on the link below, or contact Brain Emtman at or by phone at (208) 426-4160.

Building Tour Registration

Parking: Parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage (1607 University Drive, enter from Belmont St) at a cost of $2.50 / hour. Limited street parking is also available on University Drive on first-come, first-served basis (note that many of the surrounding streets are permit-only). The Boise State shuttle system also provides regular service between downtown and BSU.

ASHRAE Student branch

Think you might like to be part of the ASHRAE student branch on campus? Gain access to professional resources, network with local professionals, experience great design and cutting edge technology, and help solve problems facing building managers across the industry. Contact Lynn Catlin, ASHRAE Advisor, at or call (208) 426-4088.

ME 325 Principles of HVAC

We will be offering this class online this fall. The course is intended to expose students to the basic design aspects of HVAC system loads, what HVAC systems are comprised of, segments of the HVAC industry, and for the first time, we’ll be incorporating industry-standard Autodesk Revit professional software into the course to enable our semester project. The class is in an asynchronous online format, where work is completed at your own pace on a weekly schedule (reading, videos, homework, and quizzes/exams.) There will also be weekly “Happy Hours” live meetings to help address questions.

Questions about the course? Contact Lynn Catlin, HVAC instructor, at or call (208) 426-4088.