Northrop Grumman Corporation
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) supported Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) on cleanroom projects with spaces ranging from ISO 6 – ISO 8 classification which are used in developing and manufacturing micro electronic components used in the defense / cyber defense industries.
Since 2019, HEA has been involved in over 25 NGC projects including 10 cleanroom projects.
Our involvement typically includes a combination of both traditional commissioning and enhanced engineering support and includes Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems, Controls, Process Gases, Process Waste including Waste Neutralization and RO/DI Water. Our enhanced engineering services on a project include services from design through post acceptance. During design we serve as an integrated member of the team, participating in a number of internal design meetings, multiple design reviews and lead controls coordination meetings held with the owner and the engineer
of record. In construction, we hold an additional controls coordination meeting; this one with the selected contractor in addition to previously mentioned members. HEA supplemented traditional Construction Administration A/E services through submittal reviews and site inspections prior to beginning actual pre-functional checklist execution. In post acceptance, HEA typically performs a number of trend reviews and typically gets heavily involved in the troubleshooting and investigation of any operational issues that occur during the testing or turnover phase.
Millipore Mobius 5 Cleanroom
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was contracted to support Hoddess Cleanroom Construction (HCC) with commissioning and Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (M/E/P) coordination and troubleshooting services. HEA’s scope included cleanroom HVAC, controls, chilled and heating water, process utility distribution, electrical distribution and a loss of power / blackout test.
In addition to traditional commissioning activities, our services included leading controls integration sequencing review meetings. During the last 60 days of construction we provided daily on site support for MEP coordination, testing and troubleshooting as well coordinating activities between HCC, the owner and their contractors to ensure that all compliance testing and documentation was completed to allow for an on time turnover of the space for production
Multinational Fortune 100 specialized manufacturing company
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was hired by Anonymous Client to provide commissioning services for over 20 projects throughout their upstate NY campus. Facilities include: laboratories, cleanrooms, plant expansions, manufacturing, equipment installation, warehouses and learning centers.
Led the commissioning efforts on several ISO 5 and 6 cleanrooms in support of various Research and Development projects. In addition to traditional Mechanical, Electrical, Pluming (MEP) commissioning, our services included the development, installation and commissioning of a custom designed system to measure temperature uniformity at critical tooling process points.
Led activities associated with the commissioning of a washer system in support of the development of proprietary medical products. The system operated within an ISO8 space and included an ultrapure water system. The experimental system required enhanced troubleshooting support and resulted in a successful implantation that was subsequently scaled and utilized for the support of commercial production.
Led the commissioning of an ISO7 cleanroom that was utilized to manufacturing microscopes using in the inspection process for micro electronic manufacturing.
Anonymous multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company
In conjunction with Cleanroom Construction Associates, Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) provided full life cycle project support on the renovation of an existing ISO 8 clean room used to manufacture commercially approved products classified as medical devices. Our services for this project were as follows:
Developed a User Requirements Specification, Design Concept and Preliminary Project Schedule. Created an RFP and solicited bids and interviewed short list design-build providers, providing recommendations regarding award.
Served as a subject matter expert on the project from an M/E/P and Controls perspective and participated in weekly project team meetings and performed multiple design reviews. Reviewed submittals, shop drawings and other critical project documentation. Provided daily on site support during mechanical system installation and during the actual renovation of the cleanroom space. Led the investigation, troubleshooting and resolution of key issues encountered during start up and commissioning.
Led all compliance activities in accordance with company Standard Operating Procedures using ASTM e2500 as the guiding approach. Developed all critical documentation including System Level Impact Assessments, Commissioning and Qualification Plan, Risk Assessment, Design Qualifications, Commissioning Checklists, and the Performance Qualification Protocol. Executed all commissioning tests and developed individual system and a project summary report after executing.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Davie Patient Tower
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was awarded commissioning services for this 50 bed inpatient facility at Davie Medical Center − Bermuda Run campus.
Construction of the three (3) story, 78,220 sf building opened in spring of 2017. The cost of this addition to the Bermuda Run campus was $47 million. The two (2) premier programs at the new facility are joint replacement and geriatrics, which include an acute care for the elderly, or ACE, unit.
Systems commissioned included air handling units, water cooled chillers, cooling towers, hydronic system pumps, electrical distribution system, automatic transfer systems, lighting controls, isolated power systems, emergency power system, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems, emergency generators, paralleling gear, terminal units, unit heaters, kitchen exhaust and make up air systems, domestic water system, building automation system, medical gas distribution systems and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB) services.
St. Peter’s Health Partners, Troy Campus
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was hired by St. Peter’s Health Partners to perform building enclosure commissioning services for the Troy MFP Project - Samaritan Campus.
Services provided included commissioning of the complete building envelope with respect to moisture air, vapor and thermal control layers associated with the subgrade waterproofing at the foundation systems, the exterior wall systems, storefronts and roof systems to form a complete building envelope.
HEA’s building enclosure commissioning services were modeled on the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Guideline 3 in conjunction with ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx). The services provided also fulfilled the LEED requirements for Enhanced Commissioning, to ensure that all LEED credits for the project were fulfilled.
Yale University, Reese Stadium Upgrades
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) has been contracted to provide complete building envelope commissioning services for the Yale University Reese Stadium Upgrades project in New Haven, CT. The project will include the construction of a new two-story field house and a new natural grass field across the street at the university’s Westville athletics complex. The new field house will contain team rooms, lockers, shower facilities, film rooms, strength and conditioning rooms, and coaches’ offices for the university’s men’s and women’s varsity soccer and lacrosse teams.
HEA’s services will include the commissioning of the complete building envelope with respect to moisture, air, vapor and thermal control layers associated with the subgrade waterproofing, exterior wall systems and roof systems. All services will be modeled on the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Guideline 3 in conjunction with ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx).
Syracuse University, National Veterans Resource Complex
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was contracted by Syracuse University to provide building enclosure commissioning services for the construction of the school’s National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The four-story building houses a cafe, offices, instruction space, a gallery, support areas and a 1,000-seat auditorium. It features two enclosed courtyards, one at the ground level and another on the building’s fourth floor.
Systems commissioned by HEA during this project included: below-grade waterproofing, air/water/vapor barriers, insulation and penetrations of insulation, exterior enclosure systems (doors, curtain walls, masonry, glazing, sealing, control joints, louvers), roof systems, roof penetrations, roof plaza water proofing, expansion joints and allowance for expansion, interior separation between the gallery space and the adjacent areas.
HEA’s building enclosure commissioning work covered all of the necessary requirements to fulfill the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning services. This building achieved LEED Gold certification.
SUNY Cortland, Whitaker Hall Renovations
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was contracted by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland to provide building commissioning services for the renovation of Whitaker Hall. The goal of the project was to transform Whitaker Hall, which was a small residence hall for students at the time, into the new headquarters for the University’s Police Department and Department of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. The new facility gave the police department a more centralized, convenient and functional facility that offered improved office space and better access to the SUNY Cortland community.
HEA’s services began during the project’s pre-construction stages, with the development of the project’s commissioning plan to include the development of the pre-functional and functional checklists. The plan included a timeline, coordinated with the construction team, detailing when and how specific tests would occur. A process for systems turn-over was also designated. During the construction phase, HEA developed construction checklists and pre-functional and functional testing forms, observed equipment to ensure it was installed to design specifications, documented construction process, began operations training and documentation and witnessed the necessary hydrostatic tests and duct leakage tests that the building required. HEA’s presence continued into the turnover phase, training university employees on system descriptions, capabilities, limitations, acceptable tolerances for system adjustments and procedures for dealing with abnormal conditions and emergency situations and use of operating and maintenance manuals.
The College of New Jersey
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was been hired by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) to provide support services investigating outside air ventilation conditions for approximately 10-15 buildings throughout the campus.
HEA’s scope of work included:
- Measuring air flow from supply and return diffusers
- Determining the amount of outside air that is being provided to the system
- Calculating the number of air changes per hour that are being provided in each space
- Inspecting air handling units to ensure proper operation and maintenance, including filter condition and damper operation
- Providing a report of findings, including recommendations for maintaining the indoor environment conditions to adhere to industry recommendations as they related to COVID-9 (ex: ASHRAE, BCxA). These recommendations will take into consideration the capacity and limitation of the existing systems
The measured airflow rates were compared to and verified against the requirements set forth by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. The expectations were to determine if the ventilation systems dedicated to the identified spaces provide sufficient outside airflow to the space to satisfy the ASHRAE requirements. Based on ASHRAE requirements for acceptable outside air flow and the occupancy allowed by NYC Building Codes, results from each location tested have been documented on a room-by-room basis and compiled into a table indicating the final results for each.
Client was provided a report of findings including recommendations for maintaining the indoor environment conditions to adhere to industry recommendations as they relate to COVID-19 (i.e. ASHRAE, BCxA) These recommendations took into consideration the capacity and limitations of the existing systems.
The College of New Jersey
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) has been providing commissioning services for several Wegmans stores located on the East Coast. Services provided included reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, control systems and balancing verification. Stores include these locations: Natick, MA (146,500 sf), Medford, MA (120,000 sf) and Chantilly, VA (120,000 sf).
The commissioned systems for Wegmans stores include: HVAC systems and controls, refrigeration systems and controls, refrigeration cases, domestic hot water system, lighting controls, emergency power and emergency distribution.
The following are a few examples of how the commissioning process attributed to improved equipment performance and proper operation.
- Power House: A rack was found to not be equipped with an indicator light for the condenser split operations. HEA recommended to Wegmans as well as Hillphoenix that the addition of this function will ease in the operation & troubleshooting of the equipment.
- Air Curtains: Multiple units were found to have the control wiring backwards during testing. One particular air curtain could not function as designed with traditional door switch control, HEA was able to find a solution while working with Emerson that allowed the unit to function and be effective.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Westin Maui Hotel and Spa
Starwood Hotels and Resorts contracted Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) to provide a condition assessment survey of the Westin Maui Resorts and Spa.
The focus of the survey was to review the current operation of the facility with an in-depth review of the major facility systems, sub-components and the manner in which the facility is operated and maintained. The information gathered provides a life cycle cost analysis and is the basis for future capital planning recommendations. Additional scope included an inventory of equipment, including: name plate data, year of installation, present condition and operational narrative with a review of the current preventive maintenance measures. Recommendations for staff training and potential conservations measures were developed as well.
To facilitate this survey, HEA coordinated with the Director of Engineering at both facilities to conduct a recovery of system documentation. Once on-site, HEA initiated the site survey by reviewing each system and logging the condition and nameplate information for each piece of equipment. HEA prepared One-Line Diagrams for each major system to provide an overview of the associated equipment, function and areas served. HEA reviewed the preventive maintenance program with the assistance from the Director of Engineering.
Throughout the survey, a detailed list of issues have been noted and tabulated into a Master List of Findings with associated recommendations for remediation. Overall, the field survey was productive resulting in identifying over ninety (90) operation issues at each resort, bringing light to the physical condition of the mechanical areas with examples of poor or insufficient maintenance measures.
The Westin Los Cabos Resort & Spa
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (Starwood) contracted Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) to provide Building Inspection services for their Westin Los Cabos Resort & Spa (Westin). HEA was contracted with the task of planning and executing field assessments of Air Handling Units (AHUs), Exhaust and Supply Fans, Chiller Plant Equipment, Steam Systems, Domestic Hot Water Systems, Domestic Water generating and distribution systems, along with electrical distribution systems throughout the resort. HEA then generated recommendations for repairs and system/equipment enhancements.
HEA coordinated with the Westin Maintenance Director, as well as, various maintenance and operation staff members, in order to become familiar with the system layouts, locations and past issues or concerns with the equipment and system operation. Throughout the inspection detailed notes and data were generated and tabulated into a Master List of Findings, Equipment Schedules and Single-Line diagrams. Major Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems were reviewed; such as guest room ventilation systems, air handling systems, chilled water systems, domestic hot water, domestic water distribution, and central electrical distribution.
HEA identified one hundred eighty five (185) issues and recommendations during our inspection, some of which included:
- Identified in detail hurricane damaged equipment and systems
- Recommended areas and methods where Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) was not being maintained and methods to repair/improve
- Recommended improvements for control and energy savings of the chilled water systems
- Identified cause of poor domestic hot water availability to guest rooms, and recommendations for improvements
The Westin Los Cabos Resort & Spa
Westin Maui Hotel and Spa
Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge)
HEA is providing commissioning services for all bridge and facility systems. Building systems include bridge systems (power, lighting, intelligent traffic systems, structural health monitoring, security, network communication, radio and facilities systems), building automation systems, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. HEA’s services will provide documented confirmation that building systems function in accordance with criteria set forth in the project documents to satisfy the owner’s operational needs.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
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...
LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B Redevelopment
LaGuardia Gateway Partners, LLC contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for various projects related to the LaGuardia Airport Terminal B redevelopment project. Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant (CHRP): The redevelopment of the Terminal B necessitated the construction of a new CHRP in order to meet the increasing heating and cooling capacity demand of the airport. The facility is an 80,660 sf, four-story multifunctional and critical utility plant that generates and distributes chilled and hot water to the Central Terminal Building and provides remote monitoring and control of the terminal’s HVAC systems....
Brookfield Manhattan West SW Residential Tower
Brookfield Office Properties contracted HEA to provide commissioning and construction management services for the Southwest Tower Residential project. HEA's services included reviewing equipment submittals, commissioning of MEP and control systems and balancing verification. HEA maintained a daily site presence to track ongoing issues related to MEP work; coordinated work with subcontractors to move towards turnover and commissioning; ran weekly meetings to discuss work and resolve issues and also helped to rack and verify turnover documentation.
Brookfield Northeast Office Tower
Brookfield Office Properties has contracted HEA to provide commissioning services that will include the necessary requirements to satisfy the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning for the Brookfield Northeast Office Tower Project. The Northeast Office Tower is the first of two commercial buildings planned for Brookfield's five-acre, mixed-use development, Manhattan West.
Coppin State University, Science & Technology Center
HEA provided LEED commissioning services for the Coppin State University's Science and Technology Center in Baltimore, MD. The Science and Technology Center is an 149,950 sf, six-story structure. The building includes four primary levels occupied by laboratories, classrooms, offices and an upper level mechanical penthouse with a greenhouse and a partially below grade level that includes a loading dock, Vivarium and a Satellite Central Utility Plant (SCUP).
New York City Police Academy
This project is part of the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) construction of a new Police Academy in an effort to incorporate many of the NYPD’s existing training facilities throughout New York City into one 32-acre campus. This project is part of the development of a modern academic and physical training complex for recruits, civilians and active police officers that are currently spread across the city. The 32-acre campus, operated by the NYPD Training Bureau, opened its doors in 2014, consolidating the old Police Academy in Manhattan and existing training facilities throughout the city into one central location. The new facility has nearly three times the amount of useable space as the old academy and features modern classrooms, a gymnasium and indoor track, and a tactical village that emphasizes hands-on scenario-based training. Mock-environment training rooms include a precinct station house, multi-family residence, grocery store, restaurant, park, court room, bank, and a subway car and platform
USTA, Armstrong Stadium
The USTA National tennis Center, Inc. contracted HEA to provide commissioning services as per USGBC NC LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning for the USTA Louis Armstrong Stadium project in Flushing, NY. Services included reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, control systems and balancing verification as well as developing a building systems manual. Throughout the duration of the project, HEA held regular commissioning meetings with the design team, owner, MEP trade firm and controls contractor in order to promote timely responses to major items of concerns. Finally, in accordance to Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning, a systems manual was provided to the owner to assist in continual preventative maintenance and peak energy efficiency of the building.
Westin Peachtree Plaza
HEA was hired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide to provide existing building commissioning (EBCx) for the mechanical systems associated with the Westin Peachtree Plaza. HEA evaluated the systems in the mechanical spaces, guest rooms, meeting spaces, guest services and lobbies by investigating, analyzing and optimizing the performance through the identification and implementation of low/no-cost and capital intensive energy conservation measures.
Systems commissioned included air handling systems, air terminal units, fan coil units, exhaust air, chilled water, heating hot water, domestic hot water and building automation systems (controlled devices, sensors, control loops, logic and graphical user interface).
Jacob K. Javits Center Expansion
AECOM/Tishman Construction Corp. / Lehrer, LLC has hired HEA to provide building envelope commissioning services for the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The expansion will add state-of-the-art exhibit and meeting room spaces to attract large-scale trade shows and conventions, while enhancing the quality of life for the West Side community. The expansion will result in increased economic activity to the city and state while at the same time enhancing the quality of life for the community as traffic flow is improved and pedestrian safety is increased. The project will also re-route 20,000 event-related trucks off area streets each year, reducing the move-in and move-out process for events by 30% and freeing up an additional 20 days for new events.
HEA is also providing ongoing building enclosure consulting and peer review services for the exterior enclosure systems, which includes duties such as:
- Review of curtain wall, metal panels and extruded aluminum infill screen
- Review of architectural glazing
- Review of visual mock-up drawings and specimens including standalone glass sample reviews and factory inspections
- Construction administration services
Target Corporation, New Construction & Existing Buildings - Nationwide
HEA has been providing commissioning services for hundreds of new/remodeled Target stores throughout the county since 2007. The stores consist of various types and sizes ranging from typical Target’s to City Targets, P-Fresh reboots and Super Targets. In addition, HEA has been heavily involved in Target’s end of life HVAC replacement program, serving as an adjunct Owner’s Representative. HEA’s primary objective is for energy consuming systems by ensuring proper installation methods and verifying system performance for energy optimization. The commissioned systems for Target stores include: HVAC (rooftop units, dehumidification units, energy recovery ventilators, air terminal units, split system air conditioners & exhaust fans), refrigeration (walk-in storage freezers & coolers, refrigerated product cases, anti-sweat heating and refrigeration energy management) and lighting (interior controls, exterior controls and occupancy sensors).
50 Hudson Yards
HEA was contracted by The Related Companies to provide independent third-party commissioning services. HEA's commissioning services included the necessary requirements to satisfy the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning. In addition, the scope included an oversight of the Tenant 1 commissioning scope of work with associated hours. HEA was responsible for coordinating the commissioning process, providing comments on submittals to the owner and engineer during the review process, developing test forms, oversight and documentation of test procedures and results and submission of functional test reports.
Pier 17, South Street Seaport
HEA was hired by the Howard Hughes Corporation to provide commissioning services for the transformation of Pier 17. The sleek, four-story building will include patio restaurants, network studio space, performance and public space on the roof (designed for such events as fashion shows, movie screenings, concerts, tennis matches, art installation and will accommodate up to 4,000 people). The mostly transparent facade combines glass with corrugated metal and will be capable of lighting up for special events.
HEA was responsible for commissioning the following building systems: makeup air unit, domestic hot water heaters, exhaust fans, fuel oil pumps, stair pressurization fans, gas booster pumps, chilled water pumps, lighting controls, condenser water pumps, electrical panels, shell/tube heat exchanger, switchgear, split system AC units, switchboard/MDP water source, heat pumps, transformers, hot water boiler & ventilator, emergency generator, heating water pumps, automatic transfer switches, unit heaters and snow melt system.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Expansion
This project added two new buildings (connected via an enclosed walking bridge) with 300,000 sf of laboratory and office space to the Regeneron complex at the Landmark at Eastview in the Town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. This project is officially certified LEED Gold.
HEA provided building commissioning services for all Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection systems. Over 500 deficiencies were reported and addressed by the contractors during construction, start-up and functional testing. With HEA leading the commissioning team the building is operating per design.
Northrop Grumman, 900 International Drive
HEA was hired by Northrop Grumman Corporation to perform commissioning services for this renovation project located at 900 International Drive in Baltimore, MD. Built in 1986, this industrial property spans 57,140 sf.
Reagan National Airport, New North Concourse
HEA was hired by Turner Construction Company to provide commissioning services for the construction of a new North Concourse at Reagan National Airport. This project is part of a larger $1 billion terminal redevelopment plan and involves the construction of a 225,000 sf, 3-level, 14-gate extension to the existing B/C terminal...
United Nations Headquarters, Capital Master Plan
The United Nations (UN) complex spans over 17 acres and includes six buildings totaling 2.7 million sf. The original structures were built in 1950. Because the UN's problems were associated with aging building systems, and not the basic construction, a renovation of the complex was the most cost-effective way of replacing the inefficient equipment.
SUNY Buffalo State Science Building 15
Buffalo State College renovated their existing science building in two phases. Phase I involved adding 90,000 sf of new construction. The multi-story addition now houses new teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices and instrumentation rooms. Phase II included a full renovation to the north wing of the existing building, demolition of the south wing and construction of a second addition of roughly 59,000 sf.
This upgraded facility houses a vivarium and a new planetarium under one roof, which is unique to most college campuses. The facility totals 222,000 sf and house the Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Physics Departments.
University of Utah, L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building
The new Pharmacy Research Building was an addition to the existing Skaggs Hall, a world renowned facility that was built in the 1960’s. The new construction allowed for more space, opportunities for laboratory work and united the entire school of pharmacology into one location. The addition included a four-story atrium connecting the existing building to the new building, four levels of open research and open laboratory spaces, one level of office space, a BSL vivarium, site work and utilities installation. About 80% of the space is devoted to research laboratories, animal facilities and office/support space.
Stony Brook University, Center of Excellence
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.
Dover High School and Regional Career Technical Center
HEA was hired by HMFH Architects, Inc. to provide commissioning services for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building envelope systems in the new Dover High School and Career Tech Center. The new facility was designed to be a community building and supports student learning well into the future and allowed for the addition of three new career technical center programs. In addition to the standard high school programming included in the new facility, the career technical center included auto, electrical, welding and construction teaching spaces, a culinary kitchen, a photography studio and a stand-alone animal science building.
University of North Carolina Charlotte, Atkins Library
The University of North Carolina Charlotte contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the Atkins Library Renewal project. This project is a rehab of two existing air handler units (AHUs). This is a phased project, as the AHUs are hot deck/cold deck with work commencing on the off-season for each. Ductwork, VAVs, piping and control valves are included in the scope of work with TAB verification.
Thaddeus Stevens Technology Manufacturing Center
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) was contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services to provide construction stage commissioning services for the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Manufacturing center project. HEA’s scope of work included pipe/duct testing and commissioning of the following systems: ventilation, cooling, heating hot water, and plumbing, building automation, electrical, fire alarm and fire protection.
NYU School of Medicine, Smilow Research Center (BSL3)
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.
Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museum
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.
Hudson Valley Hospital MRI Replacement
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) was contracted by Group PMX, LLC to provide design phase commissioning services for the Hudson Valley Hospital MRI Replacement project in Cortlandt Manor, New York. HEA’s scope of work includes commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to ensure all that all systems and equipment are installed and operating according to design intent.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Base Building
HEA provided commissioning services on all mechanical systems for this 15-story control tower building. HEA upgraded all the HVAC systems in the tower and the base building. HEA provided the commissioning plan, performed functional testing and provided a final commissioning report on all deficiencies.
The control tower is approximately a 230 sf structure consisting of 15 levels above grade. The cab and penthouse at the upper level is constructed with a steel structure and is clad with sloped glass curtain wall and insulated metal panels. Between the Cable Access Level through the 9th floor, construction is steel structure with precast concrete cladding panels except for the Junction level which is clad with insulated metal panes. Below level 9, the control tower is constructed of precast structural elements with cast in place concrete panels.
NASA Johnson Space Center, Building 12
HEA provided commissioning services for the renovation project for Building 12 in the Johnson Space Center. Building 12 is a two-story, 64,600 sf space that is utilized for human resources, education, training, language labs and financial groups.
HEA's scope of work included the new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and security systems with improved efficiencies, engineered to match the new design of the building and to support sustainable building practices. The HVAC systems design utilizes the underfloor air distribution (UFAD) and energy recovery. Additional duties consisted of developing the commissioning plan, weekly meetings, training for ongoing facility management staff and implementing an on-going commissioning plan to document future operation problems.
Chrysler Paint Shop
The Chrysler Corp. contracted HEA to provide commissioning services as per USGBC LEED 2009 Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1 and Enhanced Commissioning Credit 3 for the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Paint Shop, including a chiller plant serving both the paint shop and body shop.
Services included reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, electrical, and control systems, as well as developing a building systems manual.
Detroit Public Schools High Schools
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.
Stony Brook University Hospital Outpatient Services
Stony Brook University Hospital'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.
Washington University School of Medicine, Specialized Research Facility-East (BSL2)
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.
University of Michigan, Hill Auditorium
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.
Brightview Senior Living, Bethesda Grosvenor
Hord Coplan Macht, Inc. hired HEA to provide LEED commissioning services for the Brightview Senior Living facility located in Bethesda, MD. The facility will include 98 assisted-living units, with 29 providing specialized memory care. Commissioning services provided will satisfy LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite: Fundamental Commissioning and Verification and Credit: Enhanced Commissioning for LEED v4. Commissioning activities for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and renewable energy systems and assemblies will be in accordance with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005 and ASHRAE Guideline 1.1-2007 for HVAC&R systems, as they relate to energy, water, indoor environmental quality and durability.
Systems included in HEA's scope of work include: HVAC, electrical distribution, emergency electrical distribution, domestic hot water, plumbing piping and lighting controls.
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.
Whitmore Lake High
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.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the Whitney’s building in the Meatpacking District includes approximately 50,000 sf of indoor galleries and 13,000 sf of outdoor exhibition space and terraces facing the High Line.
HEA was contracted by Gardiner & Theobald, Inc. to provide indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to satisfy both LEED for New Construction Indoor Environmental Quality credit 3.2 (IEQc3.2) Construction IAQ Management Plan – Before Occupancy and to verify that buildings indoor air quality met or exceeded the contaminant levels outlined in the ASHRAE – HVAC Applications: Chapter 21 Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries.
Sealed Air, Office Buildings A&B, Research & Development Building
This project included the construction of two, four-story office buildings (109,362 sf each) and a three-story research & development building (167,378 sf). All three buildings are located on a 32-acre corporate campus in Charlotte, NC.
HEA was hired to provide fundamental and enhanced commissioning throughout the project schedule, including the design, construction, acceptance and post-construction phases.
Stony Brook University Hospital Major Modernization
As part of the modernization and expansion of Stony Brook University Hospital, 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.
University of Pennsylvania Health System Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
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.
Haverford College, Athletic Center
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.
NYULH, Brooklyn Infrastructure Upgrades
The NYU Langone Health (NYULH) has contracted HEA to provide commissioning
services for the NYULH Brooklyn Infrastructure Upgrades Power Separation project
at 150 55th Street in Brooklyn, NY.
George Mason University, College of Health & Human Services, Health Science Building
HEA is providing commissioning services to support construction of a new Academic and Research Facility for Health Sciences. The project includes a new, five-story building that will consolidate the various departments within the College of Health and Human Services: Nutrition & Food Studies, Global & Community Health, Rehabilitation Science, Environmental Health & Occupation Safety, Social Work, School of Nursing, CHHC Public Clinic, Health Administration and Policy, and College Central Administration. The facility will feature classrooms, teaching labs, simulation labs, nutrition food studies kitchen/teaching lab, unassigned research laboratories (wet and dry), offices, student work areas, conference rooms, University services and a cafe. A separate two story structure will house Health Services’ Public Clinic. The clinic will include exam rooms, a sleep lab and community meeting rooms. This facility plans to achieve LEED Silver certification.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Ambulatory Care Building
The new Ambulatory Care Building at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue has won several awards including the Best of 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.
White & Case Interior Renovation, 1221 Avenue of the Americas
HEA was hired by White & Case, LLP to provide commissioning services for the commercial interior fit-out of approximately 440,000 sf over 10 floors of interior space and 17,000 sf of below grade services space at 1221 Avenue of the Americas. The new office space includes a combination of private offices, open area work desks located primarily in the interior areas, amenities floors (i.e., conference rooms), dining and pantries as well as utility and support services areas.
University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center
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.
Stony Brook University, Heavy Engineering
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.
NYPQ, Essential Emergency Systems Separation
New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens has contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the NYPQ Essential Emergency Systems Separation project at 56-45 Main Street in Flushing, NY.
HEA’s scope of work included the commissioning of the following equipment/systems: fire alarm, distribution boards, electrical panels, automatic transfer switches, exhaust fan and split system. Duties include: review of design basic/intent, develop the commissioning plan and specs tailored to the project, develop project specific commissioning checklists, conduct installation inspections to confirm equipment is installed according to design and manufacturer’s requirements, witness/conduct functional testing performed by the installing contractors, review testing documentation, as-built and operation manual reviews, verify training is complete and consistent with project requirements, provide field observation reports after each field visit, provide updated deficiency logs, attend project meetings, provide systems manual after project completion and provide a final report after project completion.
71 Smith Street
Flank Development contracted HEA to provide both commissioning services and construction management support for the 71 Smith Street residential project. HEA's scope of work included commissioning of the HVAC systems, in-room hotel automation system, Building Management System (BMS), lighting controls, emergency electrical systems, plumbing and life safety systems. Construction management support entailed a full-time on-site presence as a supplemental MEP super for the General Contractor.
Brightview Lake Tappan Senior Living Community
Shelter Development, LLC contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the Lake Tappan Senior Living Community project. HEA's services included but were not limited to reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, control and building envelope (moisture air, vapor and thermal control layers associated with the subgrade waterproofing at the foundation systems, the exterior wall systems, storefronts and roof) systems and balancing verification.
The Extell Development Company contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the 157 West 57th Street project, now known as One57. This project is a 75-story condominium tower that includes 92 units.
HEA’s services included commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment, control systems, and balancing verification.
The following are three examples of how the commissioning process attributed to improved equipment performance, proper life safety and tighter building envelope:
- An Emergency Power or Pull the Plug test was completed by HEA which ensured all emergency power systems operated as required in the event of a loss of normal power. The systems inspected included emergency lighting and egress, vertical transport, fire alarm, smoke exhaust, UPS, IT, BMS and mechanical systems.
- Inspections for mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment ensured the equipment would operate according to the manufacturer’s required specifications, and was installed as per the Design Engineer’s specifications.
- Sensor calibration and point to point testing for mechanical controls ensured all information depicted at the BMS is accurate and all commands issued from the BMS are executed in the field.
Overall, the commissioning process to date has been a success due to the number of issues that were found and resolved by HEA.
Affinia Hotels & Suites, Dumont Hotel
HEA was contracted by Kings & Queens Maintenance Services to provide Local Law 87 (LL87) energy audit and retro-commissioning services for the Dumont Hotel renovation project, located at 150 East 34th Street in New York, New York. As per the requirements of Local Law 87 of 2009, the objective of the project was to assess and benchmark the building’s current energy use and to reduce the building’s overall energy consumption.
The College of New Jersey, New STEM Building
HEA provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) commissioning services for the new 89,000 sf Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building and chemistry addition project. The building was constructed with multiple laboratory spaces, class rooms, special student manufacturing/engineering development spaces and common areas. HEA was involved in the project through schematic design, design phase reviews and construction phase submittal reviews on the various complex HVAC systems that were installed for this project.
Donald Danforth, Plant Science Center
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.
Element Detroit Hotel
HEA provided commissioning services for the transformation of The Metropolitan, a 14-story neo-Gothic building, built in 1925. The Metropolitan was a showplace to house jewelry showrooms, artisan and milliners studios, dress stores, beauty shops, artists’ studios, advertising agents, and other related businesses. The building has been transformed into Detroit’s first extended stay hotel: Element by Starwood. The hotel has 110 one- and two-bedroom hotel rooms, 2,000 sf of meeting space on the second-floor mezzanine, approximately 7,000 sf of retail space on the ground floor and lower level and a rooftop bar and patio.
Jackson State University, Stewart Hall
HEA was contracted by the State of Mississippi to provide building commissioning services for the renovation of the existing Stewart Hall on the campus of Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. The building was an existing male dormitory built in 1961 & 1962 and will remain a male dormitory for this project, due to shortage of space on campus. The owner is looking for the building to be brought up to existing codes and to be Stewart Hall version 2.0, which includes designing for future technology into the design. The 5-story, 37,033 sf building has approximately 90 rooms and will house approximately 180 male students when complete. The existing building is thought to be slab on grade.
HEA's scope of work includes: space heating, ventilation, air conditioning/cooling HVAC pumps, variable frequency drives (VFD), HVAC controls, domestic hot water, lighting controls, day lighting controls, emergency power and fire alarm. In addition, HEA is providing building envelope review of the exterior window replacements.
Yale University, Peabody Museum of Natural History
HEA was contracted by Yale University to provide design-phase commissioning services for the renovation of the University's on-campus Peabody Museum of Natural History, the first major update to the landmark museum in over 93 years. HEA's scope of work will include the commissioning of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and includes the completion of the following LEED requirements: Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite: Fundamental Commissioning and Verification and Credit: Enhanced Commissioning for LEED v4. During the duration of the design phase, HEA will also develop monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) procedures and identify points to be measured and evaluated to assess performance of the facility's energy and water-consuming systems.
Cornell University, Statler Hotel Terrace Kitchen
HEA was contracted by Cornell University to provide commissioning services for the Statler Hotel Terrace Kitchen Exhaust Hood Repairs project. Services included, but were not limited to, reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of mechanical, control systems and balancing verification. The terrace kitchen exhaust riser and fans were damaged in a previous fire and have been inoperable...
SUNY Binghamton, Heating Plant Upgrades Phase 2
HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for the Heating Plant Phase 2 project at SUNY Binghamton. The central heating plant at the State University of New York (SUNY) campus in Binghamton, NY is a high temperature hot water (HTHW) facility originally built in 1965. The plant received extensive renovations in the later 1980's and early 1990's and in general the facility has been well maintained and is functional and reliable. HEA's services included, but were not limited to, reviewing the design design documents, developing the commissioning plan, documentation of the commissioning process and review/approval of the engineer's systems descriptions. HEA was present for all new equipment start-ups including the electrical shut down and replacement of motor controllers. HEA performed functional testing on all new equipment and existing boilers via the new controller upgrades.
Springfield Central High School, Science Lab
HEA was hired by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to provide commissioning services for both the construction of new laboratories (added via an addition to the building) and the renovation of existing labs. The 30,000 sf, three-story addition included 12 labs and associated prep rooms. The renovation of the third floor included renovating 6 existing labs white retrofitting the remaining 6 labs into classrooms. The project consisted of multiple phases, with the school staying occupied during construction. This created challenges for all project team members but due to HEA's planning, the systems were successfully brought online to meet the needs of the school. Consistent coordination and communication between HEA and the project team allowed for the documented issues to be corrected.
Dartmouth College, Irving Institute for Energy and Society
HEA was contracted by Dartmouth College to provide commissioning services for the Irving Institute for Energy and Society project. The institute will employ an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, with knowledge and tools from diverse disciplines. In keeping with this interdisciplinary focus, the institute will be located between the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering in a newly constructed approximately 55,000 sf, three-story academic building. A connection to Murdough Hall is envisioned as an atrium, providing a natural point of convergence for faculty and students from around campus who engaged in issues related to energy and society. The building will also contain several teaching spaces of various sizes, faculty and research office and workplace environments, research and demonstration labs and maker spaces, and a series of spaces designed to foster informal interaction between faculty, researchers and students.
Boston College, Carney Hall
HEA was contracted by Boston College to provide commissioning services for the Carney Hall HVAC Upgrade project. Carney Hall is a four-story, L-shaped office space facility. HEA's scope of work includes: chilled water/heating hot water/steam piping, ducting, air handling units, VAVs, exhaust fans, unit ventilators, re-rated cooling tower, chiller, pumps, control sequences, building automation system, VRF system, fin tube radiation, steam coils and condensate pumps.
William Paterson University - College Hall
William Paterson University contracted Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) to provide commissioning services for the College Hall HVAC Project. Services included commissioning of mechanical, control systems and balancing verification. The goal of the commissioning process was to ensure that William Paterson University received a building that operated and performed per the engineer’s and architect’s intended design as well as to provide the owner’s staff with the training and documents needed for continual maintenance and operation of the building well into the future. All deficient items identified during the commissioning process were documented and as a result, over 15 deficiencies were identified.
Queens Botanical Gardens, Geothermal Well
As part of an umbrella contract with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), HEA was contracted to assist in bringing the geothermal well system at Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) to full operational capacity. The system consisted of a supply well, two dilution wells and a submersible pump located deep within the supply pumps well water through eight heat pumps and into the two dilution well. The supply pump is controlled by a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) which modulates based on demand.
Redford Township District Library
Redford Township contracted HEA to retro-commission the mechanical equipment, controls system and perform an air balancing verification report for the Redford Township Library. The systems and equipment tested included: the heating hot water system and piping (boiler, pumps and reheat coils), the domestic water system and piping (domestic hot water heaters, domestic hot water tank and associated pumps), and the air conditioning and ventilation systems (air handling units, air cooled condensers, humidifiers, fan powered boxes, VAV boxes, unit heaters, cabinet heaters, finned tubes and exhaust fans)...
City of Charlotte, NE Maintenance Facility
HEA has been hired to provide LEEDv4 commissioning services for the construction of the new City of Charlotte NE Equipment Maintenance Facility. When complete, the facility will be the first combination (heavy & light vehicles) maintenance shop built in the city.
MEP systems being commissioned include chilled water, steam generators, air handling units (AHUs), terminal units & VAVs, exhaust fans, pumps, control sequences, building automation, domestic hot & cold water, normal power, emergency power, lighting and fire alarm. HEA is also providing commissioning for the complete building envelope with respect to moisture, air, vapor and thermal control layers. This encompasses the sub-grade waterproofing at the foundation systems, exterior wall systems, storefronts and roof systems.
NYPH, Allen Hospital Boiler CSS
HEA was contracted by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital to perform commissioning services for the Allen Hospital Central Sterilization project. The project was a facility upgrade and renovation that was originally conceived to accommodate the growing requirements for sterilization services and included an MEP upgrade of the existing central sterilization facility to accommodate for new equipment. The upgrades also included the installation of a pre-fabricated high pressure steam boiler plant that provided steam to the new facility in such a manner that allowed for redundancy and did not require a high pressure steam supply or a consistent high pressure operator presence.
HEA was responsible for the commissioning of the facility’s following systems: ductwork, roof top packaged AC unit, VAVs, exhaust fans, electric unit heaters, steam piping, steam boilers, semi-instantaneous hot water heaters, humidifier, building automation, electrical panels, transformers, heat trace, feed water pumps, AC compressor and RO filtration. HEA’s commissioning process included all work required to satisfy the LEED project requirements for EA Prerequisite 1, Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning and EA Credit 3, Enhanced Commissioning.
Caven Point Marine Terminal
The Army Corp of Engineers was pursuing a new Army Reserve Center, which met the requirements for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating under LEED-New Construction (NC) version 2009 (v3.0).
HEA was hired to manage the LEED construction documentation and assist with executing the project requirements, scope of work included:
All Aboard Florida, Miami Central Station
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP hired HEA to provide building envelope commissioning services for the Miami Central Station (a part of the 235-mile network of rail lines that will connect South Florida to Central Florida). This massive elevated station will sit on various blocks of parking lots between the Metrorail tracks and NW 1st Avenue, connecting to the Government Center station. This facility will serve as a place where trains, buses and shuttles will all meet under one gigantic roof.
HEA was hired by the New York City Department of Design & Construction to provide LEED commissioning services on all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, boiler and BMS systems at the Kensington Library in Brooklyn, New York. HEA ensured the systems were installed and operated in accordance with the original design intent. HEA satisfied the LEED Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning. The library achieved LEED Silver certification.
Clyde-Savannah Jr/Sr High School
HEA was hired by Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors to perform independent, third-party retro-commissioning services for the Clyde-Savannah Jr/Sr High School project. HEA provided services from the planning phase through the turnover phase. HEA systematically optimized the building and ancillary systems so that they operated efficiently and effectively in accordance with the owner's project requirements, and to make sure that the facility staff had adequate system documentation and training. Our team ensured that the fundamental systems were calibrated and operating as required to deliver functional and efficient performance.
British Airways, Terminal 7 JFK Airport
British Airways spent $30 million to upgrade its JFK Airport Terminal 7 to look more like the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow. The carrier had its last major upgrade in 1997, when 12 gates were added. The new terminal has maximized the use of natural daylight. The upgrades include a new premium check-in pavilion with a dedicated curb side drop, an enhanced and dedicated check-in area for customers, renovations of the terraces, and first class and concorde lounges based on those operating at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
HEA provided commissioning services of the upgrade to Terminal 7. HEA satisfied the requirements necessary for this project to fulfill the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning services.
NASA Johnson Space Center, Building 45 North Wing
HEA was hired by the Gilbane Building Company to provide building commissioning services for the renovation/refurbishment of the North Wing of Building 45 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The 15,445 sf North Wing of Building 45 was transformed into a new facility to house the combined Space Flight Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Behavioral Health Groups from several other facility locations as part of the Johnson Space Center Central Campus Revitalization plan.
NJ DEP Building HVAC Upgrade
HEA was hired to provide retro-commissioning (RCx) and commissioning services for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) building. HEA provided survey and testing of existing HVAC and lighting controls. The following systems were included: water source heat pumps, heating & ventilation unit, stair pressurization fans, cooling towers, condenser water pumps, plate & frame heat exchangers, heating hot water pumps, shell & tube heat exchanger, unit heaters and emergency generator (testing of Building Management System integration only). HEA presented the findings of the testing in a report, which included the project specific retro-commissioning checklist forms completed for the equipment listed above, as well as, a deficiency log indicating all observed issues with the equipment inspected and tested.
HEA also coordinated with the design consultant, construction team, State of NJ and EI Associates, as needed, to help validate performance of the new HVAC and lighting controls. HEA ensured that the HVAC and lighting controls met the design intent and facility operating requirements.
Manhattan Supreme Court ECM Implementation
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) contracted HEA to provide existing building commissioning services for the Manhattan Supreme Court ECM Implementation project in New York, NY. Services being provided include the commissioning of the following systems: electrical, demand control ventilation, chillers, condenser water pumps, cooling tower, and HVAC sensors and controls.
Olney Community Library
Montgomery County Maryland contracted HEA to provide commissioning services to satisfy LEED Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 1 and Enhanced Commissioning Credit 3 for the Olney Community Library renovation project. The library underwent a selective demolition and complete interior renovation. The facility interior features adult, teens and children's book collection, two group study rooms, a 100-seat meeting room, a bridge feature overlooking a landscaped bio-retention pond for stormwater management and several other features for public use.
Ford Wagner Place
HEA was contracted by Roncelli, Inc. to provide building commissioning services for the Ford Wagner Place project, a mixed-use urban development project designed to foster collaboration and walkability during the workday for 600 Ford employees in downtown West Dearborn, Michigan.
Department of Sanitation, Queens District 5 & 5A Garages
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the rehabilitation of HVAC systems at Queens District 5 and 5A Garages. Services included reviewing design documents, submittals, commissioning of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as developing a building systems manual. In addition to LEED required services, HEA also commissioned the fire alarm and security systems.
Navy Operations Support Center, Female & Male Locker Rooms
HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for the Syracuse Navy Operations Support Center (NOSC) Female and Male Locker Room Repairs project. Services included but were not limited to reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, control systems and balancing verification, as well as, developing a building systems manual. The goal of the commissioning process was to ensure that the client received a building that operated and performed per the engineer's and architect's intended design and that the owner's staff would have the proper training and documents needed for continual maintenance of the building well into the future. All deficient items identified during the commissioning process were documented and provided to the contractors for correction.
Systems commissioned included existing dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) unit (functional testing), existing roof top unit (functional testing), air cooled condensing unit, cabinet unit heaters, split systems, domestic hot water system, evaluation of existing controls, testing of new controls and TAB verification.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fisher Building
HEA was contracted by Jonathan Rose Companies to provide LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1 and Enhanced Commissioning Credit 3 for the Brooklyn Academy of Music - Fisher Building. Services included but were not limited to reviewing of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of all mechanical, control systems and balancing verification, as well as developing a building systems manual.
Mercedes-Benz Paint Shop
HEA was contracted by Eisenmann Corporation to provide commissioning support services and testing, adjusting and balancing services of the ventilation systems for the relocated Wax Application Work Deck and new Rain Testing Booth. These projects were part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans campus expansion in Charleston, SC. The expansion brought the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter manufacturing process to the U.S. for the first time, eliminating the need to assemble the vans twice.
Park Avenue Elementary School
HEA was hired by the City of Danbury, CT to provide commissioning services for the renovation and expansion of Park Avenue Elementary School in Danbury, CT. The project included the renovation of the current building as well as the construction of a new two-story addition with a media/computer/audiovisual center, storage room and 12 classrooms. The upgrades greatly enhanced the ability for the school to deliver educational programs. HEA commissioned all mechanical and building envelope systems in the school.
Minnechaug High School
HEA was hired by the Massachusetts School Building Authority and provided commissioning services for this new high school facility. The project included construction of a completely new school building on the site of the existing school.
In addition to the state-of-the-art classrooms in the new school, the building also features an impressive auditorium, a large media center and a new swimming pool. The building includes many sustainable features and is seeking certification under the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performing Schools (MA-CHPS) Program.
Town of Plainville, Town Hall & Public Safety Complex
HEA was hired by the Town of Plainville to provide commissioning services for the construction of a new 21,000 sf Town Hall facility and 43,000 sf Public Safety facility (police and fire departments) with an adjacent 5,500 sf auxiliary structure.
HEA's role began at the beginning of the construction phase and was extended through the warranty phase of the project. During construction, HEA developed and coordinated the execution of a testing plan, which included observing and documenting all systems' performance to ensure that the systems were functioning in accordance with the contract documents.
Vistana Signature Experiences, Kaanapali Ocean Resort Lot 3
This luxury resort project encompassed 780,000 sf with a construction cost of $73 million. HEA was hired to provide MEP commissioning services for their 390 luxury villas, 10,000 sf lagoon-style pool, beach bar, restaurants, retail and fitness spaces located on 16 acres of Maui’s Kā‘anapali Beach.
HEA provided MEP commissioning services, including: co-generation system, air handling units, VAVs, smoke control, variable and fixed speed exhaust fans, condenser water pumps, water source heat pumps, booster pumps, source and rejection well equipment, backup hot water boilers, heating water pumps, industrial water pumps, electrical main and distribution gear, emergency generator, electrical sub-station, domestic water booster pumps and piping, pool and spa equipment, fire protection, fire alarm, lighting control system and building management systems.
University of Rochester, Golisano Children's Hospital
Back in 2012, Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) was contracted to provide commissioning services for the Golisano Children’s Hospital project, the largest capital project in the University of Rochester’s history. The new 8-story tower has approximately 245,000 sf and contains a two-story atrium, imaging suites, conference centers, operating rooms, neonatal intensive care unit, private patient rooms, resource library and playrooms.
Now completed, HEA provided LEED commissioning services to satisfy the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning for the project. Systems commissioned included plumbing, BMS/controls, lighting controls, fan coil units, VAV boxes, electric heaters, AHUs, exhaust fans, snow melt and chilled water pumps.
The Turkish House
HEA was hired by the Consulate General of Turkey to provide commissioning services for all MEP and building envelope systems for the Turkish House, a new 32-story consulate building. In addition to features such as a visa and passport office, the building will also feature an auditorium, a cultural center with rotating exhibits of Turkish art and artifacts, and an open terrace on the building's podium for events. It is planned to be a building that features Turkish culture, history and multiplicity with Turkish architecture motives. This green-friendly building is seeking LEED Silver certification.
The College of New Jersey - Brower Student Center
HEA was engaged by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) to provide both MEP and Building Envelope Commissioning Services (BECx) for the Brower Student Center project in Ewing, NJ. This project includes a major renovation that will provide a transformative change to the interior and exterior of the building, as well as a 25,000 sf addition. The program includes meeting and event spaces; student spaces; co‐curricular support; lounge / social spaces; and dining in addition to mechanical/circulation/building support. TCNJ was particularly vigilant about ensuring that the BECx is performed by qualified personnel with building envelope experience.
HEA was first engaged during the design phase and continued through the completion of construction and post occupancy. In regards to the BECx process, HEA played a role in ensuring that the systems were designed in accordance with the owner’s requirements. In addition, HEA confirmed that the systems were installed in a manner that met the high expectations of the University.
PA Department of General Services, New PEMA Building
The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (PADGS) contracted HEA to provide commissioning services as per USGBC NC LEED energy and atmosphere prerequisite 1 and enhanced commissioning credit 3 for the New Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Building project. HEA's commissioning services also provided PEMA staff with the training and documents needed for continual maintenance and operation of the building well into the future. All deficient items identified during the commissioning process were documented by HEA on a commissioning log maintained throughout the project. As a result, the commissioning process identified over 200 deficiencies.
Mississippi Delta Community College, New Administration Building
HEA was hired by the State of Mississippi to provide building commissioning services including building envelope, through construction administration for the new two-story New Administration Building on the campus of Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) located in Moorhead, MS. The building was originally supposed to house a campus bookstore as well, but after careful consideration, taking into account what it would take to reinforce an internal area to support the second floor, they decided it would be more economical to build a standalone retail facility adjacent to the administration building instead.
HEA's scope of work includes: building management system, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building envelope systems. Building envelope commissioning services are being modeled on the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Guideline 3 in conjunction with ASHRAE Guideline 0 with consideration for the upcoming ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning.
City of Charlotte, Convention Center
HEA has been hired to provide commissioning services for the expansion of the City of Charlotte's convention center. The project will add 93,000 sf of space along Stonewall Street, including large windows in what's now mostly a blank wall facing the sidewalk. Fifteen new meeting spaces with movable walls that can be further subdivided will also be included. A pedestrian bridge across Stonewall Street will connect the center to the Novel apartment and retail development, as well as the Blue Line light-rail station and the 700-room Westin Hotel.
350 Park Avenue
Horizon Engineering Associates was hired by Citadel LLC to provide commissioning services for 350 Park Avenue, a 211,000 sf commercial high-rise building in New York City.
Scope of work includes all mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems, and more.
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New York City Hall
The New York City Hall underwent a renovation project that upgraded the building's outdated operating systems for the first time in nearly 200 years. The historic building had previously underwent emergency safety repairs and encountered more serious deterioration of the systems.
In addition to new electrical, heating and cooling systems, City Hall got a new elevator between the basement and second floors, a second elevator to connect the second floor with the third, a new fire alarm system and sprinklers.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction hired HEA to provide LEED commissioning services on all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, BMS, fire safety, vertical transport, chiller, boiler, cooling tower and security systems in the building. All services performed by HEA were in accordance with the ASHRAE Guideline 1-1996, the HVAC commissioning process as well as laws and regulations of New York City.
East Hampton High School
HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for this 9th-12th grade high school. This project involved multiple phases and new construction, as well as major renovation work. HEA's scope of work included all HVAC, chillers, boilers, cooling towers, computer room air conditioning units, building automation system, direct digital controls, emergency generator, lighting controls, fire protection, security and telecommunications systems. Services adhered to the Connecticut High Performance Building Standards (CTHPBS).
Volvo Paint Shop
HEA was contracted to provide commissioning engineer labor to assist with the Dry Side process HVAC equipment and controls associated with the Volvo Cars paint shop facility located in Charleston, SC. This 700,000 sf building has four floors where cars are cleaned, heat treated, sanded, sealed and painted.
HEA is working with the Eisenmann commissioning technicians and controls contractors to demonstrate proficiency in effectively commissioning the Dry Side HVAC equipment and controls including: AHUs with exhaust units and the oven heater units.
Commissioning tasks include:
- Verification of control sensor: location, mapping, calibration and operation
- Confirmation of damper: functionality and position set-point
- Confirmation of air flow based on feedback from control and reference points
W Hotels & Element by Westin, 1441 Chestnut Street
HEA was hired to provide LEED commissioning services for this 52-story tower that will total 780,000 sf. Once completed, it will have 700 rooms of which 240 rooms will be dedicated under the W Hotel flag and 460 rooms under the Element by Westin flag.
HEA's scope of commissioning services includes the necessary requirements to satisfy the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning and Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning. Systems to be commissioned include: building automation, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, interior and exterior lighting and controls, emergency lighting, domestic hot water for plumbing efficiencies and visual and audible fire alarm systems.
Ford Motor Company, Safety & Innovation Lab
The Ford Motor Company, Safety and Innovation Laboratory is an existing facility which went through a major renovation one year prior to HEA providing retro-commissioning services. Included in this major renovation was a complete controls upgrade for the building and significant HVAC equipment replacements and modification.
Anderson Corporate Headquarters
HEA was hired by The Andersons, Inc. to provide commissioning services for the construction of their new headquarters. The facility provides a variety of usages, including open space plan offices, a Tier III data center, commodities trading floor, cafeteria, multi-use training areas and board room.
Scope of work Included all HVAC&R systems, potable water system, sanitary drainage and sewer system, testing & air balancing and lighting controls. The Tier III data center is conditioned by a chilled water system with redundant pumping, refrigeration and terminal cooling units to provide uninterrupted operation. The chillers are equipped with water side economizers to reduce refrigeration component usage during allowable weather conditions. Data center power system consists of dual redundant UPS with a dual bus distribution. An emergency generator system provides backup power in the event of a utility interruption. The facility is heated and cooled by a variable volume air system in conjunction with perimeter hot water radiant ceiling panels.
33 Flying Point Road
HEA was hired to perform testing and balancing services of HVAC-1 and associated VAVs and supply diffusers serving the 1st floor of the 33 Flying Point Road office building complex. This project included the following suites:
- Suite 101 A/B
- Suite 102
- Suite 103
- Suite 104
- Suite 105
- Suite 107
HEA's scope of work included:
- Field measure each suite
- Measure and record room air flows
- Balance air systems based on suite requirements and system availability
- Provide a final balancing report
St. George Ferry Terminal
As part of an $81 million modernization of the St. George Ferry Terminal, HEA was responsible for developing a commissioning plan, assisting in developing the design intent, providing focused reviews of the design, developing commissioning specifications and developing the pre-functional inspection sheets. The project incorporated sustainable design in the upgrade of all mechanical systems throughout the facility. The terminal was the first LEED Certified transportation facility in the country.
George Washington Bridge, Bus Station
The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (GWBBS) is located in Upper Manhattan and averages more than 20,000 customers per day. The existing GWBBS totals 294,000 sf including public circulation, retail/commercial space and bus operations. The facility is housed in two separate structures on the east and west sides of Broadway...
Logan Airport, Terminal B Optimization
HEA was hired by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to provide commissioning services for the improvements at Logan Airport, Terminal B. Massport is modifying and upgrading Logan Airport to meet airlines’ needs while improving efficiency and security.
Department of Sanitation, Queens District 7 Annex Garage
The two-story Queens District 7 Annex Garage was constructed in 2000. The building functions as a garage and repair shop. The majority of the floor space is dedicated to the storage, cleaning and maintenance of the Department of Sanitation’s trucks, while the remainder contains space for personnel, including offices, locker rooms, storage spaces and a mechanical equipment room. The building is primarily cooled by eight (8)gas-fired absorption chiller modules that supplies chilled water to the air handling units and fan coil units in the personnel areas.
General Motors, Lansing Delta Expansion
HEA was contracted to provide commissioning services for the General Motors, Lansing Delta Township Assembly, C1Yx building expansions. This project included the construction of an addition containing several press pits and the installation of a new chiller, cooling tower, pumps and associated controls/modifications to the central power plant.
One Blue Slip, Greenpoint Landing G1
Brookfield Properties contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the Greenpoint Landing G1 project, also known as One Blue Slip. One Blue Slip is a 29 story residential building located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. The building is approximately 360,000 sf; it is comprised of 359 apartments, and 10,000 square feet of amenities space.
HEA was hired by Wallack Management Co., Inc. to provide existing building commissioning services for The Knickerbocker. The Knickerbocker is an apartment complex for residential condominiums. It is a 21-story, red brick building with 75 apartments.
HEA was hired by Wallack Management Co., Inc. to provide existing building commissioning services for The Knickerbocker. The Knickerbocker is an apartment complex for residential condominiums. It is a 21-story, red brick building with 75 apartments.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) contracted HEA to provide commissioning services for the Phase 1 and Phase 2/Core Keystone Project. Phase 1 consisted of the construction of a 50,000 sf addition and renovation, creating loading docks, art storage and handling facilities, as well as mechanical and electrical service spaces. Commissioning services included, but were not limited to, review of design documents, shop drawings, commissioning of mechanical, electrical, and control systems; as well as performance testing and balancing verification.
St. Regis Hotel, Bal Harbour
The 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. With the heightened level of anticipation and expectations, HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for all three glass towers.
Abington-Jefferson Health Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
HEA is providing commissioning services to support construction of the Cancer Center Pavilion for Abington- Jefferson Health. The project includes the construction of a two level building. The outpatient center will provide chemotherapy and radiation therapy services. The facility will also feature an oncology pharmacy, gardens, café and a community space for support and therapy groups.
Atrium Health Huntersville Oaks Nursing Home
This 100,000 sf nursing facility was built to replace an aging nursing home. The interior features living spaces, kitchen areas, an exercise facility, dining areas, common spaces, nursing areas and offices.
The Clubhouse at Liberty National Golf Course
The ultra-exclusive Liberty National Golf Club is known for its breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
HEA was contracted by Fireman Capital Partners to perform functional testing of the mechanical systems at the Clubhouse at Liberty National Golf Course. The facility includes a pro shop, cigar terrace, library and several dining rooms and lounges. The focus of HEA’s scope of work was the inspection of equipment condition, verification of equipment functionality, as well as HEA’s ability to interface with the building management system based upon approved submittals and sequence of operations.
C.S. Mott Children's & Women's Hospital
HEA performed commissioning and sustainable consulting services for the LEED Silver certified $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. This full service, specialty hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It is home to inpatient and outpatient services including the Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Birth Center and Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art
HEA was hired by Corning, Inc. to provide existing building evaluation and to develop solutions to fix this 150 year old, beautifully restored, 19th century Old City Hall building that underwent a major renovation in 2001. This three-story museum houses a diverse collection of contemporary and Native American art.
The facility had difficulties maintaining space humidity and temperature setpoints. This affected their ability to have certain collections displayed.
Michigan State University, Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University hired HEA to commission the new, LEED Silver certified, 49,000 sf, two-story art building in East Lansing, Michigan. The facility is a premier venue with a focus on modern and contemporary art and attracts major exhibitions and collections and serve as a showcase to enrich the educational experience and aesthetic enjoyment of art. It is comprised of collection areas, services/support areas, public areas including displays, art handling and administration/offices.
Duke Farms encompasses over 2,740 acres of farmland and woodlots, nine lakes, and 45 buildings. Duke Farms Foundation transformed the site into a model of environmental stewardship for the 21st century.
HEA provided design assistance, commissioning and maintenance consulting services to help ensure their building systems and horticultural/ecological systems are fully functional and optimized for both new construction and existing buildings. HEA satisfied the requirements necessary to fulfill the LEED Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning services. This project is LEED Registered.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum, built in 1895, is the second largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the United States. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one-and-a-half million objects and approximately 500,000 patrons visit the museum each year.
The University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
The Utah Legislature approved a new, 155,000 sf building to replace the College of Law’s current 98,000 sf facility. The new building immediately improved the learning environment for College of Law students. The new facility includes classrooms, library, research facility and conference center all within an efficient design that promotes sustainability and energy and water conservation.
HEA was hired to provide commissioning services through the design and construction phases of this project. The scope of work included all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, BMS, fire alarm, fire protection and building envelope systems.
HEA provided services to satisfy the necessary requirements to fulfill LEED NC: Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Prerequisite 1: Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems and EA Credit 3: Enhanced Commissioning; which helped to earn this project a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lab Renovations
HEA performed commissioning services for the HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems during the two-phase renovation of laboratories and offices for the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. To reorganize the 24,000 sf facility, the architect divided the department into wet laboratory and dry laboratory, office, conference center and administration components along a central corridor. On one side of the corridor are offices and dry labs; on the other side wet labs and a conference center. The department administration is located in a suite at the south end of the corridor. The dry labs are computer intensive research facilities, and the wet labs are designed as open lofts with adjoining enclosed specialty spaces including an environmental room and areas for doing research in nuclear medicine and for performing tissue cultures.
DASNY CUNY 395 Hudson Street Data Center
HEA was hired by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to provide comprehensive mission critical commissioning services for the 395 Hudson Street data center project in New York City.
HEA executed construction phase testing activities and provided summary review services for contract documents. HEA reviewed approved shop drawings and submittals that focused on identifying any potentially significant issues that could have impacted the client from an operational or reliability prespective. If a significant issue was identified in an approved submittal, the issue was brought to the project team for review and comment; minor issues were noted for correction in final O&M documentation.
George Mason University, Academic and Research Facility for Health Sciences
HEA was hired by George Mason University to provide commissioning services to support construction of a new Academic and Research Facility for Health Sciences on their Fairfax Campus. The project is described as a new five-story building of approximately 165,000 sf located on a five acre site between University Hall and Rogers Hall. The facility will feature classrooms, teaching labs, simulation labs, nutrition food studies kitchen / teaching lab, unassigned research laboratories (wet and dry), offices, student work areas, conference rooms, University services, and a café. A separate two-story structure will house Health Services’ Public Clinic. The clinic will include exam rooms, a sleep lab, and community meeting rooms. The facility plans to achieve a LEED Silver certification.
HEA's scope of work includes commissioning all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, lighting, fire alarm and building envelope systems.
RTS Transit Center
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.
Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
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.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Engineering Building and Vadalabene Center
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.
EPA, Science & Technology Center
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.
NY State Supreme Court
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.
University Residence Halls
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hershey Student Homes
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.
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.
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.
The Strasburg Railroad Museum
The Strasburg Rail Road features rides aboard an authentic steam locomotive that travels to Paradise, Pennsylvania and back. The museum is filled with engines, traincars, historical photos and displays from the age of the locomotives.
HEA provided commissioning services for the construction phase of the Strasburg Railroad Museum. HEA’s scope of work included all mechanical and electrical systems. Some specialty systems being focused on by HEA included geothermal and chemical feeders.
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.
The Chase Building
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.
CitiMortgage Progress Point
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.
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 hotels 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.
Brookhaven National Lab, Research Support Building
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.
Stony Brook University Hospital Ambulatory Surgery
Stony Brook University Hospital's 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.
Detroit Public Schools Elementary & ELC
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.
Detroit Public Schools Middle Schools
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.
Hershey Memorial Hall
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.
University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate Studies
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.
NYULH, Environmental Medicine OPH
NYU Langone Health (NYULH) has contracted HEA to provide commissioning
services from design phase through close out for the NYULH Environmental
Medicine Old Public Health (OPH) laboratory project located in New York, NY.
This project is a renovation of the OPH building at 341 25th Street to support the
Environmental Medicine lab relocation including infrastructure improvements to the
fire protection, HVAC and electrical systems.
Northrop Grumman, Cleanroom Design & Advanced Lab 6-Inch Expansion
HEA was hired by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) to provide commissioning services for two projects:
- Design phase commissioning services for NGC's new cleanroom project. The new 10,000 sf cleanroom was constructed within an existing building and was adjacent to areas that were in use during construction
- Construction phase services for ductwork, air handling units, exhaust fans and building management systems of the 6-inch expansion of NGC's advanced lab
Evangelical Community Hospital, PRIME Project
Horizon Engineering Associates (HEA) was contracted by Evangelical Community Hospital to provide building enclosure commissioning services for the hospital’s Patient Room Improvement, Modernization and Enhancement (PRIME) project in Lewisburg, PA. The $72 million project consisted of a nearly 112,00 sf, 4-story new addition as well the renovation of 20,000 sf of existing space. While the expansion did not add to the bed count of the hospital, it allowed them to provide private rooms and private bathrooms to all patients.
Services provided by HEA included commissioning of the complete building enclosure with respect to moisture, air, vapor and thermal control layers associated with the subgrade waterproofing, exterior wall systems and roof systems. All of HEA’s building enclosure services were modeled on the guidelines set forth by the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Guideline 3 in conjunction with ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx).
White Rodgers Technology Center
HEA was hired by Emerson Electric Company to provide Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) services to the White Rodgers Technology Center, a two-story building consisting of two (2) sections, a new 69,000 sf office building and a 30,000 sf renovated lab area. There was excessive equipment and system noise and vibrations in the office area, as well as noise in the cafeteria courtyard outside. The building also had compressor failure and duct condensation.
HEA commissioned the HVAC system, calculated cooling loads, found deficiencies and performed testing and balancing on all sound and vibration systems.
HEA identified the sources of excessive sound and vibration were coming from the three AAON units located on the roof of the building. Once located, HEA provided recommendations with cost to reduce the noise and vibrations generated by the roof top units to tolerable levels. HEA also gave additional recommendations to improve the HVAC system operation and how to reduce the operating cost of the equipment.