Project Profile: Seattle Children’s Research Institute: The Building CURE Tenant Improvement
This project had several hurdles involving the building's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and equipment.
Engineering firm: Engineering Economics Inc. (EEI)
2022 Commissioning Giants rank: 10
Project: Seattle Children’s Research Institute: The Building CURE Tenant Improvement
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Building type: Hospital/health care facility; research facility/laboratory
Project type: Tenant improvement
Engineering services: Commissioning, retro-commissioning; energy, sustainability
Project timeline: October 2019 to October 2021
Commissioning services budget: $34,860
The commissioning process identified a small number of concerns regarding the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and equipment. EEI’s analytics software quickly identified starved VAV boxes, units not getting adequate heater water flow, and scheduling issues. Throughout testing, any variant or outstanding issue was brought to the attention of both the design and construction teams and quickly resolved.
EEI’s team integrated into all aspects of this project, beginning during the early design phase. Our involvement continued through submittal reviews, system start-up, testing, Cx and close-out. We chaired regular Cx meetings to discuss relevant issues and progress throughout the project. Our team also performed transition to occupancy services for the Building CURE. This process involved integrating the construction data into the owner’s CMMS system and verifying the quality of the contractor-provided building data. Specific benefits delivered to the Building CURE included increased occupant comfort, a higher level of confidence the building equipment and controls operate correctly, and increased energy savings.