BCxA 2022 Annual Conference

The Future of the Built Environment―Phoenix Rising to the Occasion!

By Diana Bjornskov

Conference Recordings for those who attended online and in person will be available next week. We will send out an email when they are available. Watch your inboxes!

Pre-Conference Day

The BCxA Annual Conference begins with a day of mixed work and play, and this year was no exception. This year our pre-conference workshop was on the Commissioning of the Enclosure, presented by Ish Kenner, Intertek. The traditional morning golf event and recently popular axe-throwing contest filled out the day. Our Annual Dinner, with entertainment by the local Yellow Bird Native American ensemble, featured songs, stories, and dances from Apache culture.

 

“There was an energy from the in-person event that you don’t get by attending virtually. The dinner on Wednesday night and
Native American presentations were well done and tied in nicely with the DEI session on Friday.”
Nicole Imeson, P.L.(Eng.), Principal, Vertica Engineering.

 

“For me, the axe-throwing event stood out…we needed alternates for the non-golfers, and the event was a huge success. Networking, friendly competition, and an axe-throwing tournament for the ages. Can’t wait for the pre-conference event next year in Orlando! Ryan Lean, PE, LEED AP, CCP, Associate Partner JB&B.

 

Half-Day Building Enclosure Workshop

The Building Enclosure Commissioning Workshop, taught by Intertek’s Ish Keener PE, SE, focused on
BECx activities from predesign through the operation. Attendees learned how to determine and implement
BECx tasks to manage risks; describe tests and testing schedules; and the impact of LEED v4.1 and other
programs on BECx.

 

Sessions, Days 1 and 2

Opening Keynote Session

A distinguished panel of industry professionals addressed outstanding issues that affect the building
industry today. building performance compliance; finding talented people – being a “welcoming
profession” for new entrants; Cx as a team effort; women in the industry; sustainability and Cx; water
conservation and systems; commoditization of Cx; the value of soft skills, and the use of artificial
intelligence (AI), e.g., “data is not valuable until it’s used to answer a question.”

Left–Right: John Runkle, Intertek, BCxA President; Dennis Knight, WBS & 2023 ASHRAE President; Eddy Santosa, Climate and Nature-Based Design Lead, US West Mott MacDonald; Kara Brooks, Senior Associate Director, Sustainability, ASHE

Sessions

Over two days of simultaneous sessions, presentations included 5 tracks (25 sessions) covering technical
topics, case studies, and building issues from electrical Cx to decarbonization, digital facility networks,
DHW systems, cybersecurity, Cx training methods, controls coordination, and much more. Read each
event and speaker description. 

Awards and Recognition

BCxA’s Commissioning awards are based on member-solicited nominations, and Awards Committee
review.


The 2022 Building Commissioning Excellence Awards honored four commissioning firms for recent projects
completed:

New Construction Commissioning

Factory Zero, General Motors
Commissioning Provider – Horizon Engineering Associations, LLP

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) North Satellite Modernization, Port of Seattle
Commissioning Provider – Glumac

Existing Building Commissioning

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Regional Medical Center
Commissioning Provider – Commissioning WorCx

Ongoing Commissioning

Kaiser Hesperia Medical Office Building, Kaiser Permanente
Commissioning Provider – Altura

The Benner Award recognizes outstanding achievement in making building commissioning “business as
usual.”  This year, one organization (McKinstry) and one individual (Diana Bjornskov) were selected to
receive this honor.

Final Session, Town Hall
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