White paper: Evolution of commissioning within a school district: provider and owner/operator perspectives

This paper discusses the evolution of commissioning within a school district that is currently responsible for 35 campuses in a fast-growing suburb of Sacramento, Calif.


This paper was originally presented at the 2008 National Conference on Building Commissioning by Vivek Mittal, PMP, CEM, Enovity Inc., and Mike Hammond, Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Enovity has been involved in commissioning of 10 school campuses (more than 500,000 sq. ft) for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) in the Sacramento, Calif., metro area over the past three years. Campuses range from 45,000 sq. ft to more than 175,000 sq. ft and the scope of work includes commissioning of projects ranging from major bond-funded improvement projects (new HVAC and controls) to ground-up construction of new campuses.

This paper discusses the evolution of commissioning within a district that is currently responsible for 35 campuses in a fast-growing suburb of Sacramento. The paper will focus on the perceived value of commissioning within the district by project managers, construction managers, A&E team members, and local contractors. A comparison of two nearly identical projects %%MDASSML%% one that benefited from commissioning and one that did not, illustrates some of the positive impacts of commissioning.

Along with the Enovity commissioning project manager (commissioning authority), this paper is co-written by FCUSD’s facility/energy manager (owner), who has been instrumental in promoting “commissioning as usual” for district projects. He shares his personal experience on how his role as an owner/operator has evolved since commissioning has become required for all new construction and major renovation projects. In addition to providing an insight into some of the challenges faced while integrating commissioning with their design/construction process, he will also share some of the benefits realized by the district since adopting the commissioning process. The study also describes how commissioning has changed the stakeholders’ perception of major construction projects.

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