Project Spotlight: Manhattan Supreme Court, Energy Conservation Measures (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.

Client: New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC)  

SF: 322,000 sf

Location: New York, NY

Q/A with JT Himelrick, Field Engineer

When first contracted for this project, what did the client express as the main goal/most pressing need for our services to accomplish?

Since my involvement in this project, the most pressing need for HEA has been in the air handling unit controls upgrade. Since each unit has numerous sensors and equipment that are being upgraded, keeping track of the issues that arose and their solutions has proven to be a challenge and the service most needed from HEA.

What has been the biggest challenge faced during this project and how has HEA able to navigate through any problems faced due to this challenge?

Because of the courthouse’s status as an architectural landmark of NYC, receiving adequate access to equipment and the approval to make changes to visible parts of the building have proven to take longer than anticipated and provide a unique challenge to all companies working on this project.

Have there been any lessons learned during the duration of this project that you believe can be applied to future projects to make them even more successful?

Other than the specific controls and mechanical lessons regarding ECM implementation, the most significant lesson I learned has been how important it is to stay on top of the contractor’s schedule so that no time is wasted by revisiting areas that can be difficult to get to. With a project like this, where access if often restricted or limited and there is a large number of one type of equipment, installation checks or functional testing is easiest to perform when the contractors have immediate access to the units and work can be continued instead of revisited.

Based off of client feedback, where do you feel we have been providing the most value to this project?

I feel most of our value has come from the logging of previous issues and solutions, along with status updates of installation and functionally for a project that can easily be derailed.


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