Whose Role is it Anyway?


Ryan Lean, PE, LEED-AP, CCP, EBCP, CEA, Jaros, Baum & Bolles


Dominic Ries, Clark Builders
Matt Napolitan, PE, CPMP, LEED-AP, BD+C
Rick Stehmeyer, Cx Associates

As Commissioning becomes more commonplace, projects become more complicated, budgets become tighter and schedules become more aggressive, the question of scope and responsibilities becomes magnified, often with several parties having differing opinions.  Often times the project contract(s) are not enough to settle these differences.  This panel discussion will include positions on project deliverables from a general contractor, a commissioning provider and a controls contractor, often the three trades left standing at the end of any project.  Specifically, we will be exploring each stage of a construction project – from pre-design/design phase to the warranty period – and questioning who is responsible for setting the goals and objectives and setting the pace of the project, how to deal with insufficient design, who is responsible for supporting the commissioning work, setting the validation practices, and other typical project concerns.  It will be discussed that each role has a critical stake in the commissioning process, and that the overall success of that process hinges on the ability of everyone involved to perform their duties to the best possible extent.  New light will be shed on the neglected and rarely acknowledged roles that other parties play in the success of a commissioning provider.

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