COMMISSIONING AND CONSTRUCTION COORDINATION
Northampton Senior Center Commissioning, Northampton, Massachusetts
This project consisted of construction of a new 24,000 sq. ft. senior center for the City of Northampton, Massachusetts. The facility was served by a 60-ton closed loop water-to-water ground source heat pump system with two 30-ton heat pump units providing hot water and chilled water. Space conditioning was provided primarily by VAV air handling units with supplemental radiant floor heating. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. provided complete system commissioning, satisfying the LEED Enhanced Commissioning Credit as well as the Fundamental Commissioning Prerequisite. Commissioning tasks included troubleshooting systems with the installing contractor and design engineer, functional testing via DDC system trending records, and spot checks of the air and water balancing report with on site measurements made by an independent balancer. The Lindgren & Sharples commissioning agent discussed HVAC system and lighting control operation with employee occupants and created a systems manual for use by maintenance employees. A follow-up and close-out commissioning review meeting was held after the building had been occupied more than 10 months. This building received a LEED Silver Certification and was one of the first public projects in the State of Massachusetts to achieve this award.
Northeast Veterans Rehabilitation Facility, Gardner, Massachusetts
This project includes 10 duplex houses and a Rehabilitation Center with indoor swimming pool located in Gardner, Massachusetts. The project is undergoing a LEED Gold certification process, with the final set of duplex houses presently under construction. A total of 103 kW of photovoltaic panels were installed on this project. All buildings utilize closed loop geothermal heat pump heating and cooling systems. The Rehab Center features day lighting controls and occupancy sensors. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. is providing LEED Fundamental Commissioning for the project. Commissioning tasks included monitoring of factory heat pump start-up in the Rehab building as well as checking and adjusting controls settings for thermostats and HVAC equipment programmable controllers.
New England Environmental, Amherst, Massachusetts
This project received LEED Platinum Certification. This project is a 15,800 square foot super insulated building envelope consisting of professional office spaces and one 1,400 square foot residential apartment. Sustainable features include occupant lighting sensors, photovoltaic panels, high efficiency variable refrigerant volume (VRV) heating/cooling with individual office control of wall-mount heating/cooling units, and energy recovery ventilators; waterless urinals; dual flush toilets; and low volume faucets. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. provided LEED Fundamental Commissioning of the building. Commissioning tasks included monitoring system start-up and air balancing work, as well as on site functional testing of the HVAC controls with the controls contractor. Lindgren & Sharples personnel attended Owner’s systems training and provided documentation of all owner preferences for system setpoints and schedules.
Westfield State College Ely Library and Campus Center, Westfield, Massachusetts
This project involved new construction of a multi-story connector between the campus center and the library, as well as partial renovations of the two buildings. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. engineers provided independent design review for the Construction Manager at Risk, and served in the role of Mechanical Electrical Coordinator (MEC) called for on this State of Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) project. Review comments and design team responses were listed on spreadsheets for documentation of the review process, with follow up and back checking. The Lindgren & Sharples Mechanical Electrical Coordinator (MEC) attended construction meetings, as well as meeting with subcontractor project managers and trade foremen on site on a continuing basis and serving as a liaison with the design engineers. The MEC was also responsible for coordinating training and for coordinating all activities of the Owner’s independent commissioning agent.
Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut
This project added fire protection sprinklers to the 30,000 square foot East Wing at the QVCC main campus. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. filled the role of on site project engineer, monitoring the progress and quality of construction and serving as the State of Connecticut’s representative for witnessing on site tests as needed.
Department of Youth Services, Springfield, Massachusetts
This project included new construction of two secure residential treatment facilities as well as multi-phased HVAC and fire alarm upgrades to the existing buildings. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. served the role of Mechanical Electrical Coordinator (MEC) called for on this State of Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) project. The Mechanical Electrical Coordinator (MEC) attended project meetings and coordinated resolution of mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) construction issues among the Construction Manager at Risk, the Architect, the Design Engineers, and the MEP Trade Contractors.
University of Massachusetts Morrill Vivarium, Amherst, Massachusetts
This project renovated a portion of an existing laboratory building to serve as a new Animal Biosafety Level 2 and Level 3 research facility. Lindgren & Sharples, P.C. filled the role of Mechanical Electrical Coordinator (MEC) for the project, attending construction meetings and overseeing the coordination drawings process among the trades. The MEC also served as the primary construction team point of contact with the Owner’s commissioning agent and worked with the Owner, Architect, Design Engineer, General Contractor, and MEP Subcontractors to resolve construction phase issues.