Carl C. Schultz, P.E., CxA, Chief Mechanical Engineer, URS Corporation, Columbus, Ohio
Commissioning is great business for consulting engineers. One problem, however, is selling clients on why they should pay extra for commissioning. But if the building is a laboratory, then the sales job becomes much easier. This is because safety is paramount in a lab and depends on properly operating ventilation systems to protect occupants and—in the case of bio-containment labs—the environment. The modern laboratory is composed of many systems and subsystems bound together in complex ways.