The Kansas City Chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (KC-ASPE)

PO Box 7281
Overland Park, KS 66207

A Non-Profit Business League
Local chapters not authorized to speak for Society

The America Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

ASPE is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public.

ASPE disseminates technical data and information, sponsors activities that facilitate interaction with fellow professionals, and, through research and education, expands the base of knowledge of the plumbing engineering industry. ASPE members are leaders in innovative plumbing design, effective materials and energy use, and the application of advanced techniques throughout the world.

Worldwide Membership - ASPE was founded in 1964 and currently has 7,500 members. Internationally, ASPE members are located in the United States, Canada, Asia, Mexico, South and Central America, the South Pacific, Australia and Europe. They represent an extensive network of experienced engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives interested in advancing their careers, their profession and the industry. ASPE is at the forefront of technology. In addition, ASPE represents members and promotes the profession among all segments of the construction industry.

ASPE Chapters - All members belong to ASPE worldwide and have the opportunity to belong and participate in one of the 62 state, provincial or local chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada. ASPE chapters provide the major communication links and the first line of services and programs for the individual member. At chapter functions, members can network with others who represent all segments of the plumbing engineering, design, construction and services industry. Chapters produce newsletters, conduct monthly technical meetings and provide opportunities for education, professional development and information sharing to help the membership stay abreast of current trends, code changes and technologies in the plumbing engineering profession.

Membership Communication - Communications with the membership is enhanced through the Society's bi-monthly newsletter, the ASPE Report, and the bi-monthly magazine, Plumbing Systems and Design the official magazine of ASPE.

Technical Publications - ASPE maintains a comprehensive publishing program, spearheaded by the profession's basic reference text, the ASPE Data Book. The Data Book, published in four volumes, encompasses forty-six chapters, provides comprehensive details of the accepted practices and design criteria used in the field of plumbing engineering. The ASPE published library of professional technical manuals and handbooks includes the Domestic Water Heating Design Manual and Model Plumbing Codes: A Comparison Study, the only plumbing engineer's and designer's plumbing code tool of its kind.

Convention and Technical Symposium - ASPE hosts biennial Conventions on even numbered years and Technical Symposia on odd number years for professional plumbing engineers, designers and contractors to improve their skills, learn original design concepts and make important networking contacts to help them stay abreast of current trends, codes and technologies. In conjunction with each Convention there is the Engineered Plumbing Exposition, the greatest, largest gathering of plumbing engineering and design products, equipment and services. Everything from pipes to pumps to fixtures, from compressor to computers to consulting services is on display to allow engineers and specifiers to view the newest and most innovative design materials available to them. In addition, the Society conducts a number of one- and two-day technical and professional development seminars in conjunction with the Chapters, each year.

Certified in Plumbing Engineering - ASPE sponsors a national certification program for engineers and designers of plumbing systems, which carries the designation "Certified in Plumbing Design" or CPD. The certification program, provides the profession, the plumbing industry, and the general public with a single, comprehensive qualification of professional competence for engineers and designers of plumbing systems. The CIPE, designed exclusively by and for plumbing engineers, tests hundreds of engineers and designers at centers throughout the United States biennially. The examination is held in the month of April of even numbered years. Created to provide a single, uniform national credential in the field of engineered plumbing systems, the CIPE program is not in any way connected to any state-regulated Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration.

Codes and Legislation - ASPE maintains liaisons with all plumbing industry and engineering related organizations, as well as providing code and representative liaisons with various federal, state and local governmental agencies and departments. ASPE code and legislative liaisons are members of the coordinating committees for the many organizations promulgating national model codes and, when appropriate, coordinate code and legislative representation at the state and local level.

ASPE Research Foundation - The ASPE Research Foundation, established in 1976, is the only independent, impartial organization involved in plumbing engineering and design research. The science of plumbing engineering affects everyone . . . From the quality of our drinking water to the conservation of our water resources to the building codes for plumbing systems . . . Our lives are impacted daily by the advances made in plumbing engineering technology through the Foundation's research and development.

KC-ASPE Advertising Policy


For companies who are member of the national organization or local chapter the following rates apply:

  • $50 Full page Ad – One time showing
  • $350 Full page Ad – Yearly showing
  • $25 Half page Ad – One time showing
  • $175 Half page Ad – Yearly showing

Companies that are not current members of ASPE on any level are subject to a 25% price increase.

Companies are allowed to update advertisement monthly but must present updated graphics to the Corresponding Secretary at the previous monthly meeting. If an updated graphic is not provided the previous ad will be repeated. If no ad is originally provided, no advertisement will be displayed and no refund will be offered.

All advertisements are subject to resizing as required by the board approved newsletter format.

All advertisements are subject to the discretion of the sitting ASPE board members. In general negative, slanted, noncomplimentary comments or anything not related to the plumbing design industry will not be allowed.

If an advertisement meets the criteria indicated and fails to appear during within the intended monthly newsletter, a refund or credit will be provided.


For companies wishing to advertise employment opportunities offered in the plumbing industry a one-quarter page advertisement may be purchased for $30 and will appear for three consecutive months.

Unemployed ASPE members may seek employment by newsletter advertisement at no cost. The following must be provided:

  • Full name including all suffix abbreviations indicating credentials
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Position of interest, i.e. Plumbing Designer

Companies that are not current members are subject to a 25% price increase.

Individuals that are not current members or maintain some form of employment in the plumbing industry are not eligible.

All rates indicated are subject to change at the discretion of the current ASPE board. No additional fees will be applied if the yearly rate is applied. One month notice will be provided to current content providers on all rate increases.


For the Affiliate Members of the Kansas City Chapter of ASPE, we are still maintaining our three options for including their information.

Option 1: Free to ASPE Members, not available to non-member: Listing of your Company Name, Contact Name, Address, Phone and Email Address.

Option 2: $50, For ASPE Members’, not available to non-member: Listing of your Company Name, Contact Name, Address, Phone, Email Address and Link to your Website OR Pop-Up Linecard.

Option 3: $75, For ASPE Members’, not available to non-member: Listing of your Company Name, Contact Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Link to your Website, Pop-Up Linecard and List of Manufacturers Represented and their corresponding equipment. You need to provide us with the list.


Free to the Monthly Meeting Sponsor, a front page listing and link or popup line card. Please provide the information the Vice President Technical, two months prior to your program.

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KC-ASPE Timeline

THE YEAR 1970. Mr. David L. Lewis who worked in plumbing design at Burgess Engineering heard about the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). At that time there was no chapter in Kansas, Missouri or the region extending west all the way to California. There were five members-at-large in the Kansas City area and two in the St Louis area. Mr. Robert Peace, Mr. Roger Rhodes and Mr. L. Frank Bingham suggested the formation of a Kansas City chapter. Mr. Lewis sought to determine if there was enough interest in ASPE within the Kansas City engineering community to support a local chapter. Mr. Lewis contacted local plumbing engineers, designers and sale representatives.

NOVEMBER 1, 1971. Mr. Lewis asked the Society for literature and help forming a chapter in Kansas City.

NOVEMBER 15, 1971. Five persons that have agreed to join with the help of Mr. Charlie Shonfelt with American Standard, Archie Dworkin with the Dworkin Company and others sought prospective members.

MARCH 26, 1974. After two years of organizing in consultation with the Society, Mr. Lewis scheduled a meeting of persons that expressed an interested in ASPE. This meeting was held at the Alameda Plaza Hotel on the Country Club Plaza (now the Ritz-Carlton) with Mr. Dworkin paying for the room. The meeting started with 15 attendees and Mr. Lewis serving as the moderator. Mr. Donald Sampler, the Society’s Third Vice-President in charge of membership, presented the Society’s case for membership in ASPE and the creation of a local chapter. The attendees decided to form an interim board with Mr. Lewis as Interim President and 6 more interim board members.

APRIL 25, 1974. The first general meeting was held at the Union Station in the old Landmark Restaurant over the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Meetings were held there for a year or so. At these meetings, Interim Treasurer Mr. Clifford A. Pein reported that there was no money and meeting attendees were asked to contribute $10 each to fund operations.

JANUARY 27, 1975. This general meeting had the 20 members in attendance required to form a chapter. Mr. Lewis contacted Mr. Sampler to let him know that the interim board was expecting to receive a charter by our next general meeting. By February 20th Mr. Lewis received notice from Mr. Sampler that Kansas City met the requirements and could be chartered as a chapter.

FEBRUARY 27, 1975. Mr. Sampler returned to Kansas City to present the Kansas City Chapter Charter. The new Chapter’s membership hoped that Mr. Lewis would become the new Chapter President.  But, Mr. Lewis informed the membership that he was moving out of the city for a new job. Mr. Albert Sneller, PE was nominated and elected the first Chapter President. Many of the interim board members were also elected to the board of directors. The new chapter needed operating revenues and funds to finance the Chapter’s delegation to the 1976 National Convention. The Chapter hosted a Plumbing Product Show at the Union Station in a small room next to the Fred Harvey Restaurant. The room was so small that some of the booths had to be outside on the sidewalk. The show was quite successful and was well attended.

MAY 1976. The Chapter elected Chapter President John Bailey of Burgess Engineering. The delegates to the 1976 National Convention in San Fransisco, CA were Mr. Bailey, Mr. Paul Appril of George Butler Engineering and Mr. Jim Klamm of Black & Veatch.

TIME PASSED. As time went on, the Chapter continued to grow in membership and in support by the plumbing industry. Meetings were held at various locations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The biennial Plumbing Product Shows continued. The Chapter continued to send delegations to the biennial National Conventions.  The Chapter continued to recruit members throughout MO, KS, IA, NE, OK & ND. As the chapter grew, the board considered hosting a national convention.

YEAR 1987. Chapter President Gregory P. Gladfelter, PE and the other Board members thought it was time to prepare a presentation to convince the Society board members and delegates to have the 1994 National Convention in Kansas City.  A group of Chapter members met with KC Convention Bureau to discuss and promote a National Convention Kansas City.

NOVEMBER 1988.  At the 1988 National Convention in Long Beach, CA, the Kansas City delegation proposed Kansas City as the location for the 1994 National Convention.  The Society agreed. At this time the delegates came back to the chapter to sell the membership on what we needed to do and funds we needed to raise over the next 6 years.

MAY 1993. The chapter President Mr. Larry L. Thornton PE started to select convention committee members to start to work on filling their committees. We needed a new leader since Larry was going to move out of town. So the board chose a new Chairman of the Committees for the Convention 1994, and it was Mr. Tony Hitchcock CIPE. The K.C. Chapter President Mr. Steven Rios and the other Board members all gave the committees their full support.

YEAR 1994. Chapter President Steven P. Rios led the Chapter during the 1994 National Convention.  The Chapter membership along with local sales representatives, manufacturers and suppliers gave of their time and financial support towards the remarkably successful convention.

FEBRUARY 13, 1995. The Chapter had its 20th anniversary and with a membership of 140.

KC-ASPE Achievements

CHAPTER PICNICS. The Chapter has had a picnic each year for all members and their families. The first one was out at the Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. After that we had one each year at various locations, and for a lot of them Miss Joan Kennedy of Kohler organized them and the later years Mr. Paul Newhouse,PE did.

CHAPTER GOLF TOURNAMENT. The chapter also has had each year a golf outing organized by Mr. Joe McCoy of McCoy Sales, at different courses. The chapter has had spouse nights attending either in a meeting setting or at a local dinner theater which was organized by Mr. Jerry Roller.

CHAPTER JOINT MEETINGS. The Chapter has had joint meetings with other engineering organizations such as ASHRAE, HCPC, Pipe Fitter Contractors and American Institute of Plant Engineers.

CHAPTER EDUCATION PROGRAM. The chapter has carried out programs to educate our members by various ways. We have a tech session at each monthly meeting, or visiting local manufacturers to see how plumbing items are made.  We have been involved in plumbing class for schools organized by Mr. John Bard which stresses the importance of plumbing systems in the world and a residential plumbing class whereby the students design and draw all plumbing systems within a house. This school was open not only to members, but to all who wanted to know more about plumbing design.

DATA BOOKS. The Chapter has worked on various chapters over the years.

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT. The chapter has been involved in some community projects. One was the Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity, where Mr. Larry Thornton PE organized the chapter members to do plumbing installation on housing in the Kansas City, KS area.  After Mr. Thornton left KC, Mr. Jim Klamm took up the position for years and even after retiring he continued as Construction Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

CHAPTER AWARDS. The Chapter has won many awards over the years these are as follows:

  • Membership Award New members for chapter
  • Community Service Award Habitat for Humanity
  • Chairman Award Plumbing design course
  • Merit Award chapter leadership

KC-ASPE Presidents

1974-1975 (Interim)

David L. Lewis


Albert J. Sneller, P.E.


John O. Bailey


Joseph P. Keane, P.E.


James T. Klamm


Jerry R. Roller, Sr.


Paul E. Newhouse, P.E.


Irvin L. Magee


Gregory P. Gladfelter, P.E.


Larry L. Thornton, P.E.


John Bard, CET


Larry L. Thornton, P.E.


Steven P. Rios


Anthony F. Hitchcock, CIPE


Ann M. Braden, CIPE


Bruce E. Hart, P.E.


John O. Bailey


Warren W. Rosenbrook, P.E.


James A. Brune, P.E., CPD


Michael A. Haramia, CPD


Christopher D. Sturges, CPD


Anindya Nandy, P.E.


Warren W. Rosenbrook, P.E.


Bruce A. Hellmer, P.E.

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