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1 State of Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management DFCM -- Our Mission To provide professional services to assist State entities in meeting their facility needs for the benefit of the public. The Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) is the building manager for all State owned facilities and is responsible for: All Aspects of Construction and Maintenance of State Buildings Assisting the Utah State Building Board in Developing its Recommendations for Capital Development Projects and Allocating Capital Improvement Funds Overseeing all Non-Higher Education and Non-Judicial Branch Leases Controlling the Allocation of State Owned Space

2 New Building Key Components OWNER – DFCM AGENCY OR INSTITUTION– – Higher Education includes all State Universities and Colleges – Correctional facilities – State Parks – Office Space – Courts – Hospitals – Museums FACILITY MAINTENANCE GROUPS – HVAC Shop – Electrical Shop – Carpenter Shop DESIGN PROFESSIONALS (A/E’s) – Architects – Engineers – Consultants GENERAL CONTRACTOR – Sub-contractors – Suppliers – manufacturers

3 Reasons/Goals for Building Commissioning Energy Efficiency to minimize utility costs Ensure building components performance Documented demonstration of system performance Improve equipment life cycle costs Improved construction schedule management Improve building start-up and turn over Warranty claims are reduced Improve building occupant thermal comfort levels Improve indoor air quality (IAQ) Requirement for LEEDS Documentation for applying for Utility Rebates

4 Utilizing a Cx Agent to meet the Goals Identify a scope of work Timing for a Cx Agent’s involvement Selection Costs

5 SCOPE OF WORK Owner must identify the expectations for the project What basic systems are included – HVAC, Electrical, Fire Alarm, Emergency Power Expanded Cx Required – Elevators, UPS, Envelope Who Contracts the Cx Agent – Owner, Agency, General Contractor

6 Timing Pre-design Phase (programming, Owner/Agency Project Requirements) Design Phase Construction Phase Occupancy and Operations Phase

7 Selection Process Selection Committee (DFCM, Facility Maintenance, Architect, Contractor) Qualification Based Selection Cx Team Member Qualifications Cx Documentation Process Communication/interactions Past Experience and References

8 National report 2009 Median Cost $1.16/sf DFCM Costs: – Classroom, tunnel, Central Plant - $2.08/sf – Housing Unit - $1.14/sf – Housing Unit - $1.68/sf – Housing Unit - $1.85/sf – Science Bldg. - $3.75/sf – Library/classroom/Admin. - $1.49/sf Cx Costs

9 Cx Agent’s Areas of Impact Cx Agent’s Impact to Project Quality Schedule Value Communications Owner’s Goals Energy Efficiency Ensure building performance Documented performance equipment life cycle costs Improved schedule management Improve building start-up and turn over Reduced Warranty claims Improve thermal comfort levels Improve indoor air quality (IAQ) Requirement for LEEDS Applying for Utility Rebates

10 Quality Meets Requirements of Construction Documents Good tracking and reporting process Training is done timely and completely for Facility Staff Facility Understands system better Input during programing and design will improve project

11 Schedule Work to project schedule Input to GC’s Schedule for commissioning Identify problem areas in schedule Improve system start-up Ready for occupancy to end user with a fully functional bldg. Problems identified early before they impact project schedule

12 Communications Timely notification of problems Be a part of the system flow Attend project meetings and coordination meetings Anticipate and inform Follow-up proceedures

13 Value Energy efficiency is improved (8% - 20%) Optimizes value received for each construction dollar spent Early involvement in project has greatest impact Properly operating equipment improves life cycle cost and decreases maintenance costs Good/Bad for suppliers and contractors – level field Simplifies utility rebate process


15 PROGRAMMING DOS Speak English Establish a quality process Develop the OPR within the framework of the AE’s program Develop the scope of commissioning Assist in the development of your commissioning team: the AE, user’s project construction manager, the user’s operating and maintenance personnel, vendors of complex and/or specialty equipment, etc. DON’TS If you’re lucky enough to be hired at this stage, don’t stand idly by and let the opportunity slip away.

16 DESIGN DO Speak English Update the OPR Review the basis of design documents Prepare detailed commissioning specifications Participate in design reviews at the SD, DD, and CD phases Develop the commissioning plan and define the contractor’s related responsibilities Be involved with the interstitial space planning and the AE clash detection process Assist the designers to include elements in the design/construction documents that meet both good engineering principles and are maintenance/operations friendly Be certain you’re working on the most current set of documents and specifications

17 Provide a detailed description of the responsibilities of all parties Specify that the training will be filmed and by a professional filming firm Some tests are very expensive, be specific as to what the tests are and their procedures Review equipment specifications and control sequence requirements before documents are put out for bid to assure compatibility of requirements between pieces of equipment – often what’s requested is not possible to achieve with the equipment, this is especially true in remodel or addition projects where some systems already exist DESIGN DOS cont

18 DESIGN DON’TS Don’t think of yourself as the design engineer Do not develop an adversarial relationship with the engineers‘ of record You do not approve the design or design criteria You are not responsible for code compliance Don’t forget to keep the user’s maintenance and operations staff involved as well as all of the members of your commissioning team

19 CONSTRUCTION DOS Speak Eng..... you get the picture, it’ needs to be communication that’s clear, concise, understandable Begin your work shortly after the ductwork, mechanical lines, etc. are being installed Stay involved with the review of the contractor’s BIM coordination drawings and make certain that the contractor included all work scopes in the BIM review. Visit the site frequently (especially if you’re from out-of-state): Bring up issues early on so they don’t become major issues at the end of the project – the sooner the contractor knows the problem, the sooner it can be resolved Be a problem solver, not just a problem reporter Develop a relationship with all project shareholders rather than just furnishing a report Encourage the contractor to walk the site with you Your shop drawing reviews must be timely and should be coordinated with the engineers’ of record

20 CONSTRUCTION DOS CONT Insist on coordination meetings with the subs, engineers, architect, etc. – attend as many MEP meetings as possible We like consistency and seeing the same face – we need a go- to-guy even though you may have specialists When it’s your responsibility to wear the black hat, then do it and don’t try to pass it off to the owner unless the contractor refuses to respond to you Keep the user’s maintenance and operations staff informed and involved

21 CONSTRUCTION DON’TS Don’t start late on the project and then play catch up DO NOT BLOW PAST DIFFICULT ISSUES because they are controversial – tough problems need time to be resolved The owner/architect/contractor meeting is not the time to surprise the contractor with an issue – it should be brought to the contractor’s attention so they have time to respond before it comes to the attention of the owner/architect. Do not wait for multiple incorrect practices or installations before raising a concern When the engineer and commissioning agent have not agreed on an approach to an issue, there’s trouble and it’s difficult to know who controls


23 POST CONSTRUCTION DON’TS We don’t want to be the ones to remind you that it’s time for your seasonal testing/commissioning Don’t write a final report and disappear Don’t forget to review the O&M’s for completeness And finally, If you really want us to be satisfied with your performance...


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