Building Commissioning

We have commissioned over $1 Billion of new construction over the past 10 years. In addition, we have performed Retrocommissioning for 800,000 GSF of mixed office and communications facilities for NASA.

In all cases we use the principles of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) guided by the specifications and construction contract which are based on the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) and Design Intent (DI) to identify and develop the necessary testing and inspection documents to validate functional performance of the integrated facility, systems and components. Specifically, we identify and quantify the required functional performance of each systems and component, develop the necessary testing documents and procedures to verify the As – Built condition indeed meets the DI, OPR, specifications and contract.

As a matter of practice, we identify all single points of failure and provide design recommendations as well as continuous commissioning to evaluate and mitigate the risk associated with critical single points of failure.

The PMA approach to commissioning goes beyond thermodynamic performance and Sequence of Operations validation. We look holistically at the facility and system using a variety of technologies and techniques. Some examples of this total approach used in PMA Commissioning are:

  • Vibration analysis – rotating equipment and structural analysis
  • Thermography
  • Tribology
  • Airborne ultrasonics
  • Electrical circuit testing
  • Development of base line Statistical Process Control (SPC) limits

We at PMA believe for the owner to achieve the most reliable facility with the lowest life cycle cost achievable given the design restraints, one must look past the standard one size fits all commissioning process. We believe Commissioning based on classical RCM principles is the most thorough and cost effective approach for both the end user and the general contractor as rework and warranty claims will be significantly reduced.