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July 28, 2015

By: Scott Lance, EBCP, LEED AP O+M, Senior Project Engineer

Overview:

  • HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for a higher education dormitory.
  • During the test and balance (TAB) period of the project, it was discovered by the TAB contractor and HEA that the dual temperature system was unable to be balanced. It was also noted that the extremities of the two wings of all three floors could not provide any heat to the occupied dorm rooms. This resulted in parents pulling students out of school due to the dorms not being able to be heated and 85% redo of the building piping systems - a $250,000 error!

 
July 01, 2015
customer experience predictions My firm is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. When I started Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) in 1995, I could clearly see that building commissioning was needed and had a future as a trusted construction process. It interested me because not only did it provide a building that is delivered exactly the way the owner wanted – it also provided a building that used energy efficiently, provided a healthier environment for end users and a clear pathway for timely and effective maintenance. Over the past 20 years, the biggest change is technology and sustainable development; as buildings need to change to address social needs. In the mid to late 90s, there wasn't the high number of "people per square foot" in each building, computers were much larger and used a lot more power, building controls and management systems were just starting to incorporate the internet and wireless technology was still being developed. HEA likes to stay informed of the technological advances and sustainable products available Continue reading

Commissioning Projects Breakdown

200

Healthcare

275

Educational

250

Commercial

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We are one of the nation's premier commissioning providers, having served as commissioning authority for more than 90 million square feet and $20 billion in construction costs.

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  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum
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    National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    Project Description

    HEA is the commissioning authority for the World Trade Center Memorial Fountains, Memorial Museum & Pavilion project. The $800 million facility was created to commemorate the events of 9/11. HEA is providing comprehensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security, vertical transport, closed circuit TV and fire protection commissioning services for the new 190,000 sf facility. HEA is satisfying the requirements for the NY State Executive Order 111, Sustainable Guidelines for the WTC Redevelopment Projects, LEED NC: Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning. In addition to commissioning, HEA is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing coordination services and support.

    At the very heart of the Memorial, inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Fountains are the names of nearly 3,000 men, women and children that were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The two 800 foot-long parapets have both heating and cooling systems to ensure the public can see and touch the names at all times. The unique cooling system, required due to the bronze parapets heating up in excess of 160 degrees during the summer months, provides over 200- tons of cooling capability to each of the parapets. HEA commissioned and participated in the redesigning and implementation of both parapet systems. HEA redesigned the design build system by realigning the system piping so it would no longer be visible when viewing the names. HEA encountered many challenges throughout the redesign most notably with the flex stainless steel piping. HEA had to design the piping so when they were rigged for installation each 3,000 lb panel would not damage the flex hoses, and then align without damaging the hoses that passed through the mounting flange into the below tunnel where they connected to the headers for the systems.

    The project is composed of three elements: a ground level plaza with waterfalls at the site of the fallen towers, the below ground level Memorial Museum of approximately 150,000 sf and the above ground level Museum Pavilion. The Museum Pavilion serves as the visitor’s entryway to the Memorial and Memorial Museum. This building includes museum ticketing, security check-in similar to airports, an auditorium and café. Mechanical commissioning includes an emergency chiller, vertical transportation and a generator shared with the Memorial. The Museum Pavilion obtains its electrical power from the Memorial and its primary chilled water supply comes from the central chiller plant constructed by the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

    Project Details

    Client: National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 190,000 sf
    Project Cost: $800 million
  • RTS Transit Center
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    RTS Transit Center

    Project Description

    The Transit Center allows more than 20,000 daily downtown RTS customers to transfer and wait for all RTS buses indoors - replacing the outdoor lineups along downtown streets. The construction of 30 new bus bays will accommodate up to 100 buses per hour.

    Project Details

    Client: Rochester-Genessee Regional Transportation Authority
    Location: Rochester, NY
    Building Details: 87,000 sf
    Project Cost: $50 million
  • Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
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    Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

    Human Ecology Building (HEB)

    Project Description

    The Human Ecology Building was constructed at Cornell University’s Ithaca NY Campus for the College of Human Ecology. The building was designed and constructed to replace the program space lost when the former North Martha Van Rensselaer building was demolished in 2005. Additionally the facility addressed the lack of parking facilities in the central campus location.  The new facility is comprised of a three-floor academic/laboratory building, a three-level parking garage, and the double-height commons linking the new facility to the existing MVR 1933 building.

    HEA provided commissioning services to achieve the following LEED NC credits: Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems, EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning, EQ Credit 3.1: IAQ Management Plan (During Construction) and EQ Credit 3.2: IAQ Management Plan (Before Occupancy). HEA’s services met the requirements for the New York State Executive Order (EO) 111 via State University Construction Fund Directive 15H-9. Systems in the scope of work include the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and building envelope. This project has achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

    A highlight of the new Human Ecology Building is the Human Factors lab. The Human Factors Lab provides a temperature and humidity controlled environmental chamber for researching the effects of space comfort on productivity and human response. Adjustable space conditions range from 50F to 90F (+/- 1F  tolerance) and 10% RH to 80% RH (+/- 2% RH tolerance). The lab includes a dedicated HVAC system composed of a custom air handling unit, water cooled chiller, desiccant dehumidifier, clean steam generator with dispersion humidifier and adjustable volume makeup air systems. HEA commissioned all components of the system and documented the lab preformed within the required tolerances to meet the Owner’s requirements.

    Throughout the course of the project, HEA identified over 450 deficiency items and helped bridge the gap between owner requirements, building design, and actual installations. Other challenges included construction delays, design changes, and an aggressive construction schedule resulting in HEA completing functional performance testing after the building was fully occupied. Thru increased coordination with the project team, building staff, and occupants, HEA was able to complete functional performance testing with minimal disruptions and negative impacts to the normal use of the building.

    Project Details

    Client: Cornell University
    Location: Ithaca, NY
    Building Details: 89,000 sf
    Project Cost: $71.7 million
  • St. Regis Hotel, Bal Harbour
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    St. Regis Hotel, Bal Harbour

    Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

    Project Description

    The original  Sheraton Bal Harbour was demolished in 2007 to make way for the new construction of the 28-story St. Regis Hotel & Residences. The St. Regis brings a new level of luxury to the Miami area with world class concierge service, fine dining, luxury retailers and new condominium homes. HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for all three glass towers.

    The North and South St. Regis Towers feature condominium homes consisting of two and three bedroom units. The Central Tower is mixed-use containing condominiums and hotel rooms. All three towers feature energy consumption reducing technology such as INNCOM’s ecoMODE controls, which have been integrated into all rooms’ thermostats and lighting controls. This helps to regulate the temperature and lighting levels based on space occupancy.

    HEA started during the design phase and continued to work through post occupancy. As a result of HEA’s early participation, the project team was able to identify and correct many issues including the improper rust coating of the smoke exhaust fans and all fan coil units were delivered with the improper voltage ratings. HEA’s scope of work encompasses all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire safety, kitchen equipment and building management systems.

    This project was bestowed the Award of Merit in the Best Residential/Hospitality category by the Engineering News Record Southeast’s Best Projects competition in 2012.

     

    Project Details

    Client: Starwood Hotels and Resorts
    Location: Bal Harbour, FL
    Building Details: 1.6 million sf
    Project Cost: $500 milliion
  • Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museum
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    Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museum

    Project Description

    The new Museum of Mississippi History and the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum are being constructed side by side next to the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The 112,000 sf Museum of Mississippi History will include the world’s finest collection of rare and prehistoric Mississippi artifacts. The 73,650 sf Civil Rights Museum focuses on the period of 1945–70 and will be the nation’s first state-sponsored civil rights museum. Each museum will be multi-storied with more than 20,000 sf of permanent exhibit space and 3,000 sf of temporary exhibit space.

    HEA is the commissioning authority for these new construction projects and will ensure that all building systems work as the design intended. Our services began during the design phase and will continue through to post occupancy. HEA’s scope of work includes the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire safety and building envelope systems.

    Project Details

    Client: State of Mississippi
    Location: Jackson, MS
    Building Details: 185,650 sf
    Project Cost: $56.5 million
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Engineering Building and Vadalabene Center

    Project Description

    HEA provided LEED commissioning services for two buildings on the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) campus, the Vadalabene Center and Engineering Building.

    The 101,000 sf SIUE Vadalabene Center houses many facilities, including two multipurpose gymnasia, a combat room, a resource center, an exercise physiology lab, a dance studio, a gymnastics room, a swimming pool, racquetball courts, dressing rooms, showers and saunas. HEA commissioned all HVAC, lighting and lighting controls systems.

    The 37,000 sf SIUE Engineering Building is a world-class facility and includes classrooms, laboratories, and offices for: civil, computer, computer science, construction, electrical, industrial, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. The lower level houses a wind tunnel, a device that measures the strength of material samples, a cement mixing room, a robotics lab, computer integrated manufacturing equipment, other specialized labs and a 100-seat auditorium. HEA is commissioning all mechanical, electrical. plumbing, building envelope and BMS systems. The building envelope commissioning includes chamber test leakage diagnostics and air barrier breach diagnostics with fog machine.

    HEA’s services satisfied LEED Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning.

    Project Details

    Client: SIUE
    Location: Edwardsville, IL
    Building Details: 138,000 sf
    Project Cost:
  • Science & Technology Center
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    Science & Technology Center

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Project Description

    This new laboratory and research based Science & Technology Center is LEED Gold Rated. The advanced facility includes a sophisticated mechanical system design comprised of variable air volume HVAC systems and fume hoods, and a run-around-loop heat recovery system. This facility was designed and tested to BSL-2 standards.

    Extensive commissioning has resulted in energy savings projected to be almost 50% greater than a typical laboratory building due to careful selection and design of the HVAC system, electric lighting system and reliance on daylighting. In 2004 this facility was designated as a Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Saver Showcase Facility. Additional efficiency improvements included zoned carbon dioxide sensors, plate and frame exchanger heat recovery and a variable frequency drive chiller.

    Project Details

    Client: Environmental Protection Agency
    Location: Kansas City, KS
    Building Details: 72,000 sf
    Project Cost: $40 million
  • NY State Supreme Court
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    NY State Supreme Court

    New York

    Project Description

    The NY State Supreme Court & Kings County Family Court was developed as a prominent member of the Metrotech Center campus, serving as a mixed-use judicial, government and commercial building. It includes 84 courtrooms, 10 hearing rooms, 750-person jury assembly room, 300-person detention facility, and 250-prisoner internal cell block. Space is also devoted to commercial use and more than a dozen city agencies.

    Commissioning included all MEP, fire protection, fire alarm, building management, vertical transport, telecommunications, audiovisual, and security including 500 cameras. Courtrooms are equipped for electronic presentation of evidence, and some have video-appearance capabilities and wireless internet. Due to full-scale commissioning, HEA was able to coordinate the integration of all building systems which helped turn the facility over ahead of schedule.

    Project Details

    Client: New York
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Building Details: 1,100,000 sf, 32 floors
    Project Cost: $600 million
  • University Residence Halls
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    University Residence Halls

    Missouri University of Science & Technology

    Project Description

    Due to growth at Missouri University of Science & Technology, HEA was contracted for a two-phase project at two residence halls. Retro-commissioning services were provided on the mechanical system of the first floor office area in Residence Hall I, or Residence College. After a year, it was observed that the air handling unit was not performing. HEA performed testing, identified the issues, and made recommendations that resulted in resolution and specified system performance.

    Residential College houses 250 residents as well as two large meeting rooms, computer lab and laundry facilities. HEA also provided commissioning services on the mechanical and electrical systems in the new 80,400 square foot Residence Hall II/III. The facility will have four floors with 276 beds in a mix of four-person double semi-suites, and single rooms for resident advisors.

    Project Details

    Client: Missouri University
    Location: Rolla, MO
    Building Details: 178,900 sf, 4 floors
    Project Cost: $28 million
  • The Epic
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    The Epic

    Luxury Residential Tower

    Project Description

    Built alongside the existing St. Francis of Assisi Friary, this new LEED-registered, mixed-use rental apartment tower comprises 460 luxury residential units. It rises above a five-story podium providing 41,000 sf of space for St. Francis of Assisi, a new 77,000 sf headquarters for the American Cancer Society, and nearly 5,000 sf of ground-level retail space.

    HEA commissioned the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and produced a Measurement & Verification Plan. The plan was developed to identify significant changes to any energy consumption throughout the life of the building. This information provided the owner with the capabilities of monitoring energy consuming factors, identifying ways to lower energy and water consumption, thus improving overall functionality. The Plan will ensure the facility will remain as energy efficient in future years as it is when turned over.

    Project Details

    Client: The Epic
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 574,000 sf, 59 floors
    Project Cost: $177 million
  • The Solaire
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    The Solaire

    Nation's 1st Green Residential High-Rise

    Project Description

    This LEED Gold certified tower is the nation's first green residential high-rise building and a model of sustainable design and construction principles. It has won numerous industry awards, including the 2004 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and a 2004 Excellence in Design Award from Environmental Design and Construction Magazine. HEA served as LEED commissioning authority for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems, and aided with indoor air quality testing.

    Amenities include more light, cleaner air, fresher water, roof gardens, natural materials and dramatic energy savings. It uses 35% less energy than conventional buildings and 65% less electricity during peak demand. An onsite wastewater treatment facility and a storm-water reuse system, together with vigilant water conservation strategies, produce a building that consumes 50% less potable water.

    Project Details

    Client: The Solaire
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 357,000 sf, 27 floors
    Project Cost: $125 million
  • Riverhouse
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    Riverhouse

    One Rockefeller Park

    Project Description

    Riverhouse One Rockefeller Park is a new luxury apartment building that includes 264 residential units and houses retail space, a public library, and space for not-for-profit organizations Poets House and Mercy Corps. The river-facing west wing rises 15 stories above street level; the city-facing east wing rises 13 stories; and the south-facing wing rises 31 stories. The building also includes 350 parking spaces on two below-grade levels.

    The goal for the building is to receive a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. It features a number of sustainable design and construction strategies including a geothermal heat pump system, photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. HEA is providing all commissioning services and is leading the indoor air quality testing in accordance with New York State Green Building Tax Credit requirements.

    Project Details

    Client: Riverhouse
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 624,000 sf, 31 floors
    Project Cost: $235 million
  • Hershey Student Homes
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    Hershey Student Homes

    Milton Hershey School

    Project Description

    Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. Students live in large, comfortable homes with 10 to 14 students in their own age group. A pair of married house-parents oversee each home, providing the structure that children need and take an active interest in their development.

    Commissioning services were provided on behalf of the school for the design and construction of Wave III, ten new student homes and Wave IV, nine new student homes, including the full scope of mechanical, electrical, fire protection and plumbing systems. HEA evaluated the installation process, witnessed the proper start-up of all equipment, and performed pre-functional and functional tests on all systems.

    Project Details

    Client: Milton Hershey School
    Location: Hershey, PA
    Building Details: 190,000 sf
    Project Cost: $26.5 million
  • The Helena
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    The Helena

    Executive Class Luxury Apartment Complex

    Project Description

    Among an exclusive class of landmark green residential buildings rising throughout Manhattan in recent years, this luxury apartment complex earned LEED Gold certification. It is considered a model for resource efficiency, environmental balance and green construction, and was awarded the AIA Green Affordable Housing Award for sustainable design and construction.

    The many sustainable design elements include green roofs, water conserving fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and efficient lighting occupancy sensors and controls. Blackwater treatment technology, micro-turbine cogeneration, a centralized heating and cooling system and photovoltaic panels promote resource conservation. As the building's commissioning authority HEA performed all LEED commissioning services, and post-occupancy O&M coordination and training.

    Project Details

    Client: The Helenda
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 608,000 sf, 37 floors
    Project Cost: $160 million
  • The Verdesian
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    The Verdesian

    Luxury Apartment Building

    Project Description

    Among this new luxury apartment building's many environmental features is a system that conditions fresh air, exceeding New York City energy efficiency standards by nearly 40%. A natural gas microturbine produces 70 kW of power, or 20% of the base load, while recapturing enough bi-product heat to generate 100% of the domestic hot water. Overall the building lowers peak electric demand by 65%.

    The LEED registered building is linked to a nearby black water treatment plant which recycles water from bathrooms and kitchens to re-supply toilets and provide make-up water for the cooling tower. The building also harvests rainwater and can store 10,000 gallons of recycled water for irrigation of the green rooftop garden. HEA performed commissioning services in conjunction with the USGBC LEED rating system, as well as conducted air quality sampling.

    Project Details

    Client: The Verdesian
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 300,000 sf, 24 floors
    Project Cost: $75 million
  • Tribeca Green
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    Tribeca Green

    LEED Gold Certification

    Project Description

    New 26-story, 357,000 sf luxury apartment building achieved LEED Gold certification. HEA performed commissioning services in conjunction with the USGBC LEED rating system. The LEED commissioning process was tailored to satisfy environmental requirements of the Battery Park City Authority.

    The systems supporting the 274 residential units reduce energy use by over 25% beyond New York State Energy Code, providing healthier indoor air quality and offering substantially more natural light than typical residential buildings. Photovoltaic panels can generate 5% of the building's energy and renewable energy. A 60kW microturbine cogeneration system provides 10% of the base building energy and electricity and uses waste heat to heat the hot water.

    Project Details

    Client: Tribeca Green
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 357,000 sf, 26 floors
    Project Cost: $120 million
  • The Chase Building
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    The Chase Building

    Park Avenue

    Project Description

    LEED Platinum Certification is being sought from the U.S. Green Building Council for The Chase Building on Park Avenue, owned by JPMorgan Chase. Serving as the commissioning authority for this comprehensive infrastructure improvement project, HEA will accommodate current building occupants as they will remain during the renovation.

    The commissioning scope of work includes renovations to the base of the building's infrastructure, amenities spaces, lobby, plaza, executive floors, data center with raised floor spaces, trading floors and all general offices. Systems will include the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building management, security, and fire safety.

    Project Details

    Client: JPMorgan Chase
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 1,600,000 sf, 53 floors
    Project Cost: $200 million
  • CitiMortgage Progress Point
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    CitiMortgage Progress Point

    Commercial Building

    Project Description

    CitiMortgage's commercial building consolidated the St. Louis Consumer Finance and Consumer Credit operations into one facility and can house up to 5,000 employees. Retro-commissioning of this project followed successful participation by HEA in addressing and resolving HVAC issues, including an underfloor air distribution system, on behalf of the design-build contractor near the end of construction.

    This facility aims to achieve a LEED-EB rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades. It can be applied both to existing buildings seeking LEED certification for the first time and to projects previously certified under LEED for New Construction or Core and Shell.

    Project Details

    Client: CitiMortgage
    Location: O'Fallon, MO
    Building Details: 515,000 sf
    Project Cost: $85 million
  • Alberici Constructors
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    Alberici Constructors

    Headquarters

    Project Description

    Alberici Constructors' new LEED Platinum certified headquarters is the result of transforming a boxy, 50-year-old, metal-covered industrial building into an impressive office structure. The facility uses 60 percent less energy than a comparable building with conventional systems. This project was also named Commercial Project of the Year by Midwest Construction News in its "Best of 2005" awards. HEA's commissioning services satisfied EA Prerequisite 1 and EA Credit 3 of the LEED Rating System.

    Several elements were incorporated to achieve the enviable savings, the most dramatic of which is a wind turbine that has become a landmark for motorists. Others include an HVAC system that combines an efficient under-floor air distribution and natural ventilation; solar panels that use solar energy to heat water; efficient boilers and chillers; and location of the central utility plant in the parking garage.

    Project Details

    Client: Alberici Constructors
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Building Details: 110,000 sf
    Project Cost: $21 million
  • Sofitel
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    Sofitel

    New York

    Project Description

    The Sofitel New York, a stunning midtown Manhattan hotel, received the 2000 Emporis Best New Skyscraper Award for design and functionality. A contemporary statement in limestone and glass, it boasts 400 luxury guest rooms, eight conference rooms, and a 2,500 sf ballroom.

    The commissioning process was so successful that 99% of the hotel's guest rooms were available upon opening for business, and HEA identified more than $200,000 in first-year cost savings related to energy efficiencies and maintenance deficiencies. These savings included approximately $71,000 related to the resolution of piping layout deficiencies; $24,000 related to the resolution of dirty intake air filters; and $10,000 associated with an uninsulated air duct. Most importantly, it took the owner just under two years to recoup the cost of commissioning.

    Project Details

    Client: Sofitel
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 300,000 sf, 30 floors
    Project Cost: $125 million
  • Center of Excellence
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    Center of Excellence

    Wireless & Information Technology

    Project Description

    Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology (CEWIT) is a world leader in innovative research and development. CEWIT is actively involved in fostering regional enterprise and commercialization. The new facility will contain an emerging wireless technologies lab, cyber-security lab, computer networking lab, computational sciences lab, clean rooms, and workforce training rooms.

    Since many companies in the New York region are on the leading edge of technical innovation, they are required to make substantial investments in R&D. CEWIT assists by making their services available to large and small companies seeking wireless or IT research and development focusing on three major markets: health care, transportation and mobile/electronic commerce systems. HEA is commissioning all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems at this new facility.

    Project Details

    Client: Stony Brook University
    Location: Stony Brook, NY
    Building Details: 100,000 sf
    Project Cost: $23 million
  • Smilow Research Center
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    Smilow Research Center

    New York University

    Project Description

    New York University School of Medicine's new biomedical research center won a Best of 2007 – Award of Merit: Higher Education award from New York Construction Magazine. A striking new architectural addition to the medical campus, the facility contains laboratories, conference rooms, classrooms, a common area, and a landscaped courtyard. Specialized research programs range from cancer and cardiovascular biology to genomics and stem cell biology.

    Complete commissioning services were performed for the facility, the BSL-3 (biosafety level 3) laboratories, and the vivarium. The scope also included the pressure monitoring systems, special lighting controls, door interlock systems, cagewash and bedding systems, special filter systems, animal racks and cages, special plumbing fixtures, and autoclaves and hoods.

    Project Details

    Client: New York University School of Medicine
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 230,000 sf, 13 floors
    Project Cost: $160 million
  • Plant Science Center
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    Plant Science Center

    Donald Danforth

    Project Description

    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a global vision to improve the human condition. The research facility was designed to increase understanding of basic plant biology, apply new knowledge for the benefit of human nutrition and health, and to improve the sustainability of agriculture worldwide. This facility was designed and tested to BSL-2 standards. Airflow patterns and pressurization were commissioned and the building envelope integrity was tested, leaks were found and resolved.

    In addition to building commissioning services, the scope of work was expanded to include oversight of the mechanical design/build contractor, as well as assuming the duties of engineer-of-record for the completion and redesign of the electrical construction documents.

    Project Details

    Client: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Building Details: 150,000 sf, 3 floors
    Project Cost: $146 million
  • Research Support Building
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    Research Support Building

    Brookhaven National Lab

    Project Description

    Brookhaven National Laboratory's new Research Support Building consolidates frequently visited administrative and support functions into a single location. The facility provides more efficient administrative services to employees and visiting scientists. About 150 employees were relocated to the new building including Human Resources, Badging and a new banking facility.

    Commissioning services for the new facility satisfied both the LEED prerequisite and additional point. The scope included the HVAC, central building automation, occupancy sensor lighting controls, steam, electrical power, data and communication, chilled water, and vertical transportation systems.

     

    Project Details

    Client: Brookhaven National Lab
    Location: Upton, NY
    Building Details: 65,000 sf, 2 floors
    Project Cost: $12.5 million
  • School of Medicine
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    School of Medicine

    Washington University

    Project Description

    Washington University School of Medicine's new state-of-the art Specialized Research Facility - East includes BSL-2 (biosafety level 2) animal laboratories. This facility was originally designed to BSL-3 standards but was modified by the owner to maintain budget. Unique testing procedures included smoke bomb testing to demonstrate the airflow patterns and pressurization airflows, simulated loads in animal holding rooms to verify temperature and humidity sensor accuracy and stability, and electrical receptacle and floor drain flood testing.

    There were several key benefits resulting from performing commissioning. The simulation of animal holding room loads confirmed the ability of the mechanical and control system to control and respond to the thermal load. The animal holding rooms' design criteria were also revisited and the airflows and air changes were reduced, lowering energy consumption.

    Project Details

    Client: Washington University School of University
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Building Details: 40,000 sf
    Project Cost: $20 million
  • Ambulatory Care Building
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    Ambulatory Care Building

    Bellevue Hospital

    Project Description

    The new Ambulatory Care Building at Bellevue Hospital has won several awards including the "Best of 2005 Projects" by New York Construction News. An integral part of the hospital's major modernization, it offers state-of-the-art facilities for the healthcare institution's patients, staff and visitors, and serves as the new main entrance for the entire hospital complex.

    Featuring a 90-foot-tall atrium for the main entrance, the new building contains more than 400 exam rooms, is wired with advanced medical information systems, and houses the new Bellevue Hospital Cancer Center. HEA provided commissioning services on all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, vertical transportation and building management systems during construction of this important facility.

    Project Details

    Client: Bellevue Hospital
    Location: New York, NY
    Building Details: 207,000 sf, 5 floors
    Project Cost: $115 million
  • Advanced Medicine
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    Advanced Medicine

    Perlman Center for Advanced Medicine

    Project Description

    The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine is the largest capital project undertaken in the history of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. It is designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among health professionals and will house the health system's Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine, and an outpatient surgical pavilion.

    HEA is commissioning authority for the LEED registered facility which will feature a unique glass atrium topping the structure, permitting sunlight to stream to all corners of the facility. In addition, the firm will be providing commissioning services to the Proton Accelerator building, the first-of-its-kind proton therapy center for the treatment of cancer.

    Project Details

    Client: University of Pennsylvania Health System
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Building Details: 525,000 sf
    Project Cost: $278 million
  • C.S. Mott Hospital
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    C.S. Mott Hospital

    Children's and Women's Hospital

    Project Description

    The University of Michigan Health System's massive new C.S. Mott Children's and Women’s Hospital is needed to meet increasing patient demand and accommodate future research, education, and clinical care innovations. The facility will enhance the inpatient and outpatient services within the current hospital, the world-renowned Michigan Congenital Heart Center, the Birth Center, and the Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    The new facility will span the length of two football fields. It will consist of two conjoined towers, including a 9-story clinic tower and a 12-story inpatient tower that will bridge inpatient and outpatient services within the same disciplines. This will create a programmatic approach to patient care on each floor. HEA is the commissioning authority and LEED consultant for the entire project.

    Project Details

    Client: University of Michigan
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Building Details: 1,000,000 sf, 12 floors
    Project Cost: $498 million
  • Cardiovascular Center
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    Cardiovascular Center

    University of Michigan

    Project Description

    The University of Michigan's Cardiovascular Center is poised to become a national flagship facility for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Housed within the facility are ambulatory care clinic modules, non-invasive diagnostic and testing suites, cardiac catheterization laboratories, electrophysiology laboratories, operating rooms, intensive care beds, and office space.

    Among HEA's key contributions were a comprehensive review of the facility and operations throughout design of the building and coordination of training for the operations staff. HEA commissioned all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm, oxygen, vacuum, medical air, nurse call and code blue systems. The firm also provided mechanical engineering field services to expedite responses to RFI's and design conflicts.

    Project Details

    Client: University of Michigan
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Building Details: 350,000 sf, 8 floors
    Project Cost: $215 million
  • Major Modernization
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    Major Modernization

    SBU Medical Center

    Project Description

    As part of the modernization and expansion of Stony Brook University Medical Center, HEA provided commissioning services for this multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary project. The two main elements include renovating and expanding the Emergency Department Make Ready and the Hospital Expansion. HEA also commissioned a two story parking garage and helipad.

    Phase II will begin in 2008 once these new additions and expansions are constructed and are operational. This phase will consist of interior renovations and a new permanent emergency department. The project will also include a three-story expansion of existing facilities to accommodate a new Emergency Department and Women & Infants Center, and the expansion and renovation of the hospital's surgical suite and main hospital lobby.

    Project Details

    Client: Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Location: Stony Brook, NY
    Building Details: 400,000 sf
    Project Cost: $125 million
  • Outpatient Services
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    Outpatient Services

    SBU Medical Center

    Project Description

    Stony Brook University Medical Center's new Center for Outpatient Services offers a Cancer Center, Outpatient Imaging Center, and Pain Management Center. Designed for the needs of the community, the facility provides patients who are currently receiving care in Nassau County and New York City with the opportunity to remain in their own community.

    HEA provided commissioning services for the entire facility which includes the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, outpatient medical, surgical and pediatric oncology, and a cancer clinical trials office. The Outpatient Imaging Center includes the latest in MRI, CT and other imaging modalities along with a digital picture archiving communications system. The Pain Management Center offers the comprehensive treatment and management of chronic pain.
     

    Project Details

    Client: Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Location: Stony Brook, NY
    Building Details: 65,000 sf, 2 floors
    Project Cost: $22 million
  • Ambulatory Surgery
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    Ambulatory Surgery

    SBU Medical Center

    Project Description

    Stony Brook University Medical Center's new Ambulatory Surgery Center offers a full range of surgical and perioperative facilities. The center includes six operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and 130 beds for pre- and post-operative care. HEA performed extensive commissioning services from initial design through operational training.

    The commissioning process resulted in a number of significant benefits to SBUMC. HEA identified nearly $125,000 in annual cost savings through the detection and mitigation of over 150 deficiencies. Moreover, SBUMC realized an immediate return on its investment in commissioning, yielding approximately $83,000 in first-year savings.

    Project Details

    Client: Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Location: Stony Brook, NY
    Building Details: 55,000 sf, 2 floors
    Project Cost: $25 million
  • DPS Elementary & ELC
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    DPS Elementary & ELC

    Detroit Public Schools

    Project Description

    Fourteen schools were involved in this Detroit Public Schools project. HEA provided commissioning and consulting services to the DPSPMT for the new construction of six early learning centers that serve students from Pre-K to 8th grade, and retro-commissioning and new construction commissioning at eight elementary schools within the district.

    Functional performance testing forms and documents were developed for equipment within the mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, and kitchen systems and on-site field engineering support was provided to oversee and coordinate the functional testing. HEA helped ensure that the underfloor air distribution system was installed and working properly saving approximately $52,000 per year or $0.19 per sf in utility costs.

    Project Details

    Client: Detroit Public Schools
    Location: Detroit, MI
    Building Details: 630,000
    Project Cost: $80 million - combined for 14 schools
  • DPS Middle Schools
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    DPS Middle Schools

    Detroit Public Schools

    Project Description

    Two new three-story, 150,000 sf middle schools were involved in this comprehensive project for Detroit Public Schools. The program consisted of administrative office space, classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, media center and mechanical rooms. HEA performed construction phase commissioning of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety and control systems.

    The purpose of commissioning was to inspect each system and component during construction and then functionally test thereafter to ensure that the equipment operated as intended. All deficient items found were documented and corrected to optimize building efficiency and improve the comfort of the occupants. As a result of commissioning, HEA has estimated the savings for Detroit Public Schools to be approximately $64,000 per year.

    Project Details

    Client: Detroit Public Schools
    Location: Detroit, MI
    Building Details: 300,000 sf
    Project Cost: $40 million - combined for 2 schools
  • DPS High Schools
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    DPS High Schools

    Detroit Public Schools

    Project Description

    Five high schools were involved in design phase commissioning for the Detroit Public Schools bond program. HEA also performed construction phase commissioning at two of the five, Cass and Central High Schools. The scope included the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, and control systems in these new and renovated schools consisting of office space, classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, media center, and mechanical rooms.

    The purpose of commissioning was to inspect each system and component during construction and then functionally test thereafter to ensure that the equipment operated as intended. All deficient items found during the commissioning process were documented and corrected to optimize building efficiency and improve the comfort of the occupants.

    Project Details

    Client: Detroit Public Schools
    Location: Detroit, MI
    Building Details: 750,000 sf
    Project Cost: $140 million - combined for 5 schools
  • Whitmore Lake High
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    Whitmore Lake High

    Project Description

    The new Whitmore Lake High School has achieved LEED Silver certification, and was designed for both sustainability and environmental sensitivity. One of the most interesting features is a 590-foot by 490-foot geothermal field of tubes and pipes buried near the school building which transfers heat from the ground to the high school through heat pumps. This system is expected to save the school district a significant amount of utility costs.

    HEA provided building commissioning services of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems throughout the design phase through construction and turnover. The program for the school included classrooms, science laboratories and lecture rooms, a media center, a cafetorium and stage, a two-court gymnasium, an elevated walking and running track, and a six-lane pool.

    Project Details

    Client: Whitemore Lake Public Schools
    Location: Whitmore Lake, MI
    Building Details: 150,900 sf
    Project Cost: $38 million
  • Hershey Memorial Hall
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    Hershey Memorial Hall

    Milton Hershey School

    Project Description

    The expansion of Fanny B. Hershey Memorial Hall at The Milton Hershey School nearly doubled the size of the elementary school. The project included classrooms, auditorium, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, swimming pool, and music and health suites. Commissioning resulted in a large number of important savings for the client, including more than $85,913 in annual cost savings through the identification and resolution of 300 deficiencies.

    It took The Milton Hershey School less than 2 years to recoup the cost of commissioning. The process led to more efficient operation of the HVAC system, improvement of indoor air quality, and reduced energy consumption. The scope included all mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and plumbing systems, systems installation inspection and performance assessment, and maintenance planning and operations training.

    Project Details

    Client: Milton Hershey School
    Location: Hershey, PA
    Building Details: 93,000 sf
    Project Cost: $19.6 million
  • Heavy Engineering
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    Heavy Engineering

    Stony Brook University

    Project Description

    The Heavy Engineering Building at Stony Brook University houses a number of teaching programs for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The facility also serves major research programs financed by government and private industry sources. HEA provided commissioning services for a 60,000 sf addition and 112,000 sf renovation.

    HEA's scope of services included a detailed analysis of the building operation, functional testing of the mechanical and electrical systems as well as services to test, adjust and balance the airflow and water distribution systems within the building.

    Project Details

    Client: Stony Brook University
    Location: Stony Brook, NY
    Building Details: 172,000 sf
    Project Cost: $17 million
  • Athletic Center
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    Athletic Center

    Haverford College

    Project Description

    The LEED Gold certified Integrated Athletic Center at Haverford College has received a 2006 Award of Merit by Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine and a 2007 Architectural Showcase award by Athletic Business Magazine. The facility includes a dramatic lobby area focused on interactive exhibits and historic displays, a 1,200-seat arena with three courts, and a variety of other recreational, treatment, and support spaces.

    HEA's scope included commissioning services for the LEED EA Prerequisite 1 and EA Credit 3, as well as LEED documentation services. The firm performed a number of related tasks including a review and audit of the project manual and drawings. The firm then provided a detailed report on the findings relative to the LEED process, a list of deficiencies, a recovery plan, and an independent audit assessment.

    Project Details

    Client: Haverford College
    Location: Haverford, PA
    Building Details: 100,000 sf
    Project Cost: $28 million
  • Hill Auditorium
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    Hill Auditorium

    University of Michigan

    Project Description

    Built in 1913, the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium is known world-wide for its excellent acoustics. The expansion and renovation work completed in this comprehensive project received national recognition by the American Institute of Architects with a 2005 Honor Award for Architecture. The project replaced most of the plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical distribution systems, provided air conditioning, and introduced a new sprinkler system.

    HEA identified $72,452 in cost savings for the client through a substantial reduction in energy inefficiencies. The firm's specific duties included design review, commissioning plan and specification, pre-functional/functional inspection sheets, facilitation of testing procedures, a training regiment, and review of all O&M manuals and as-built documentation.

    Project Details

    Client: University of Michigan
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Building Details: 125,000 sf
    Project Cost: $38.6 million
  • Rackham Graduate Studies
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    Rackham Graduate Studies

    University of Michigan

    Project Description

    Originally completed in 1938, the historic Rackham School of Graduate Studies is one of the most beautiful and impressive of the University of Michigan's buildings. The complex is on a direct line with the University Library, and the area in between is a landscaped parkway known as the Mall. Extensive renovation, restoration, and rehabilitation were performed as part of the project.

    The main interior spaces involved in the renovation include a 1,200-seat first-floor auditorium, three second-floor study halls, third-floor gallery spaces and three significant conference spaces, and 240-seat amphitheater on the fourth level. HEA commissioned all mechanical and electrical systems, and provided extensive inspection, verification, and testing, deficiency management, and O&M manuals and training.
     

    Project Details

    Client: University of Michigan
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI
    Building Details: 170,000 sf, 5 floors
    Project Cost: $24.2 million

Throughout design and construction for the Morgan State University CBEIS project, HEA and Barton Malow developed a respectful and collaborative relationship while maintaining the Owner’s expectations. The end result was the turnover of a fully commissioned building at Substantial Completion.

Amy J. Shearer, Senior Project Manager — Barton Malow Company


HEA was very effective on the retro-commissioning projects performed for my client (Washington University School of Medicine). HEA provided all of the fieldwork and reporting required for the Owner. The project got better as HEA keyed into our needs.

Eric G. Utterson, PE, LEED AP, President — 8760 Engineering, LLC


HEA worked closely with my team and the Construction Manager to ensure that project requirements were met and that a functioning facility was turned over to the school district. They were very effective in helping to drive schedules, resolve issues quickly and effectively and provided a very detail oriented approach to project management and deliverables.

David Helmke, Senior Project Manager — Loudoun County Public Schools


The operational experience brought to the project by HEA provided a high level of expertise to the commissioning, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the mechanical systems. Through the implementation of commissioning, this project has been one of the most effective and valuable construction experiences to date. The benefits of commissioning greatly outweigh the costs of services.

Rick Hansen, Director of Engineering — The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort


During my work on two Accenture projects and my 5 years with Workstage, I have worked with a variety of commissioning firms. Horizon Engineering Associates stands out from the others based on the team’s professionalism, communication skills and clarity of deliverables.

CG Clare, LEED AP — SeaGreen Consulting

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