Washington University School of Medicine
Biomedical Research Building Commissioning

McClure Engineering provided third party commissioning services for the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The 660,000 square foot shell and core project, which is a LEED Gold Certified research laboratory, included all building major utilities and equipment to support the initial tenant finish package. Installed systems included campus steam connection, a new chilled water plant that was integrated to the campus chilled water distribution system, make-up air handling units, space conditioning air handling units and laboratory exhaust systems.

A 163,000 square foot tenant finish package consisted of wet labs, a Biosafety Level 3 research facility and supporting office areas. Installed systems consisted of conventional VAV terminal units, laboratory tracking pair terminal units, fume hoods, daylighting controls and lighting/HVAC integrated zone occupancy controls.

In addition to tight time constraints on construction as well as the coordination of efforts of multiple phases of shell and core development, some of the unique challenges the commissioning team encountered were:

– Coordination and timing of efforts were complicated since MEP subcontractors selected for the shell and core bid package were different than for the tenant finish packages.

– An unusual, open central stair design made execution and verification of the stairwell pressurization system difficult.

– Operational issues were discovered such as excessive vibration remote from equipment, a deficient condenser water pump and performance of the building envelope.

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Natatorium HVAC Retrocommissioning

University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri

Perform operational check-out and Retro-Commissioning of existing natatorium dehumidification and environmental control system consisting of four packaged dehumidification units, including review of the air balance of all four units, making any necessary adjustments to air flow, review of the original programmed sequence of operation to determine if there are opportunities for improvement in operation, functional testing of the operation of the HVAC units to ensure that they perform as expected and conduct Owner specific training in the operation of these units and recommended maintenance practices.

Touhill Performing Arts Center Retrocommissioning

University of Missouri – St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

The project consists of a Retro-Commissioning survey of the Touhill Performing Art Center, a performance venue of approximately 128,500 square feet that is three stories.  This study will explore equipment utilization, with an ultimate goal of further tuning the HVAC systems to reduce fan energy, heating water and chilled water consumption.  Furthermore, the HVAC system controls, HVAC zone controls, lighting, lighting controls and plug loads will be observed.

Oak Hall Retrocommissioning

University of Missouri – St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

The project consists of a Retro-Commissioning survey of Oak Hall, a residence hall of approximately 130,000 square feet that is six stories and accommodates approximately 400 students.  This study will explore equipment utilization, with an ultimate goal of further tuning the HVAC systems to reduce fan energy, heating water and chilled water consumption.  Furthermore, the HVAC system controls, HVAC zone controls, lighting, lighting controls and plug loads will be observed.

Magruder Classroom Modification and Commissioning

Truman State University – Kirksville, Missouri

The project consists of execution of a reduction in airflow setpoints to the laboratory ventilation system for Magruder Hall affecting approximately 120,000 sq. ft. The goal is to reduce the airflow of the 100% outside air laboratory HVAC units to reduce fan, refrigeration and heating energy.

Ameren ActOnEnergy Retrocommissioning

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The project consists of a comprehensive Retrocommissioning project for St. Joseph Memorial Hospital to be conducted in accordance with the Ameren ActOnEnergy® Healthcare RCx program.  The survey area is 93,547 square feet and will be conducted over a span of two years. Facility personnel will be utilized in the process to facilitate development of Hospital employee skill set with regard to Commissioning activities in an operational facility.

AA AHU Replacement Study

Monsanto – St. Louis, Missouri

Evaluated the performance of four existing Air Handling Units that serve approximately 63,400 gsf of Research Laboratory space. Provided performance specifications for Owner appropriation of replacement equipment, and devised project approach to allow continuous operation of HVAC equipment during construction effort.

Heat Recovery Chiller Commissioning

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Provide Commissioning services to support replacement of an existing heat recovery chiller with a 225 ton heat recovery chiller and Domestic Hot Water System Upgrades based on recommendations made under a previous engineering study. Services will include verification of construction activities and intimate involvement of integration of the systems to the existing central plant operations and BAS programming.

Ameren ActOnEnergy Retrocommissioning

Herrin Hospital – Herrin, Illinois

The project consists of a comprehensive Retrocommissioning project for Herrin Hospital to be conducted in accordance with the Ameren ActOnEnergy® Healthcare RCx program.  The survey area is 234,901 square feet and will be conducted over a span of three years. Facility personnel will be utilized in the process to facilitate development of Hospital employee skill set with regard to Commissioning activities in an operational facility.