The purpose of commissioning a project is to ensure the newly installed building systems conform to, and function per the project plans and specifications. Commissioning is the systematic process of ensuring the building systems i.e., HVAC, lighting, plumbing and fire protection are designed, built and operated as intended.
Level of Commissioning:
The Northeastern University Facilities Commissioning Group is committed to identify each potential project and determine the appropriate level of commissioning required. Ideally, the Commissioning group is notified of a project early on in the project phase. This could be as early as the planning and feasibility study or once the project is assigned to a project manager. Based on the level of complexity and affected systems, the Commissioning group will determine the level of commissioning required. Once the level of commissioning is determined, the university will either utilize in house resources or issue a Request for Proposal for commissioning services to qualified commissioning agents. Northeastern University’s commissioning group has pre-determined that every project shall conform to one of six categories of commissioning effort and the level of commissioning shall be determined by the Assistant Director of Commissioning prior to the start of the commissioning effort.
The Commissioning agent is an integral member of the project team. Based on project schedule, scope and availability, a Commissioning agent could be assigned any time within the design phase or while the project is in construction. The commissioning agent’s main goal is to ensure the project functions and operates as intended. Proper system operation and functionality is accomplished through the development and use of an effective commissioning plan. The commissioning plan will have well defined testing procedures, staff training as well as comprehensive pre-functional and functional testing criteria of the newly installed equipment. Once the systems are deemed to be constructed and functioning per the design documents, the Commissioning agent will schedule systems training for the Northeastern University trade personnel.
Training and Operations & Maintenance Manuals:
The training effort is coordinated and led by the commissioning agent. A representative from the sub-contractor will conduct the actual training for each specific trade. For example, the Mechanical, Electrical, plumbing and fire protection, etc. contractors will conduct the trade specific training.
Once the project is determined to be substantially complete, the commissioning agent will review the Operations & Maintenance Manuals for completeness and submit a final commissioning report. The Northeastern University Trade Operations will then receive a copy of the Operations & Maintenance Manuals, Commissioning report and as built drawings.