Begin at the Beginning: Design Phase Cx

  • Craig Hawkins, CxA, CCP – McKinstry
  • Sean Whelan, PE, CCP, LEED AP – Columbia University
  • Anthony Avendano, LEED AP BD+C – Columbia University

The first of two presentations in this session focuses on “When, Why, and especially How” for conducting a high quality, complete commissioning design review. The speaker shares a broad base of experience that guides novices and seasoned professionals through the process. A comprehensive Cx design review is detailed, technical and perceptive –communication skills are important as you work with the design team and owner’s representative to match up the Owner’s Project Requirements, the Basis of Design, Design Documents, and catch issues that may otherwise impact the cost, schedule, and quality of the delivered building.

The second speaker follows up to present Columbia University’s unique and inclusive process for commissioning design review. Their process, which includes dedicated staff commissioning engineers, results in a streamlined construction schedule and insulates risk should a project require re-evaluation or modifications during the design phase – prior to costly errors during construction. University MEP operations management is consulted for review and input, and they contribute comments for the design review. Learn from this owner’s experience how an internal design review, coupled with other Cx tasks and publication of design requirements, is ideal for the university campus and portfolio owners, facility managers, and operations personnel to deliver value and high performance.