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Commissioning & Green Building Solutions, Inc. (CxGBS®is a nationally recognized leader in commissioning and the application of sustainable design and development principles that meet the owner’s performance goals, reduce the total cost of building ownership, and improve occupant and stakeholder satisfaction. Since its founding in 2002, CxGBS has served as the commissioning professional for over $5 billion in construction and assisted teams in achieving LEED® certification for more than 50 projects.

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Collaboration and Communication for Healthcare Commissioning Projects

May 17, 2017  – Commissioning is a team effort.  For the commissioning team to be effective all members of the team need strong collaboration and communication. In the building construction industry, commissioning is sometimes thought of as a condiment that can simply be spread on top of a finished project. Nothing could be further from the truth. To get the most out of the commissioning process, the entire commissioning team needs to participate in the process. The commissioning team consists of the commissioning authority, owner, architectural and engineering team, and the contractors. A well-run project will have collaborative meetings early in the design phase and continue with consistent communication throughout the construction and warranty phases.

This process can be illustrated by my recent involvement with commissioning on a hospital in Mississippi. The project involved the renovation and modernization of 8 operating rooms for the hospital. The project involved a substantial amount of disruption for the hospital facilities and staff to complete the construction. The project involved new roofing work to install a low temperature chiller for operating room conditioning, temporary conditioning of spaces while units are down, and disruptions to several services including hot water, chilled water, steam, and electricity. I worked with the owner and contractor teams to help forecast the outages week or months in advance so that the owner could make the proper arrangements. Roofing work for the new chiller installation required a temporary relocation of the staff on the floor below. Various mechanical, electrical, and plumbing outages were minimized by only having the systems down at night while the tie ins were being made. These outages were communicated through project email distribution, regularly scheduled project meetings, and follow up communication prior to an event.

In a large hospital, using the term “the owner” does not fully clarify who is being effected. The owner team consists of facility staff, doctors, nurses, outside vendors, and administration. The owner’s staff is additionally accountable to both patients and regulators to keep a healthy environment as the construction work is taking place. Communication involved disseminating information throughout the owner team, providing temporary signage for the patients, and adequately zoning off portion of the hospital while work is taking place. After the project was turned over to the owner for occupancy, we had to put on special protective clothing to walk around the operating rooms and keep things clean while getting the final project issues resolved.

Additional collaboration was required when tying the controls system into the owner’s central facility. Things were made easier by the owner utilizing the same controls contractor that oversaw the entire campus. Even with that continuity, the controls contractor had multiple staff members working on the project and not all of them were familiar with the campus system. We had to work with the controls contractor to get consistent graphics with the existing front end system. We also worked with the owner to determine which alarms were given high priority within their system so that the maintenance staff could promptly respond to the most critical items.

Commissioning is critical in healthcare facilities to help the owner get a quality construction project. The commissioning effort can’t happen in a vacuum, and it can’t happen as a standalone effort. Collaboration and communication are critical throughout the construction process so that the project can be successful.

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LEADERSHIP & LOCATIONS

With a combined century of expertise in sustainable design principles, construction, engineering and building operations, our interdisciplinary teams develop creative, custom solutions for individual project needs. CxGBS’ current staff includes highly-skilled professional engineers, architects, project managers, LEED accredited and certified commissioning professionals.

CHRISTINE
MILEY

Chief Executive Officer
Co-founder

 

GA

H. JAY
ENCK

Chief Technical Officer
Co-founder

 

GA

DAVID
CANTRILL

Branch Manager
Commissioning Professional
Project Manager
 

MS

JOHN
RIPPEL

Commissioning Professional
Project Manager
 

MS

BUDDY
BISHOP

Branch Manager
Commissioning Professional
Project Manager
 

TX

TEAM LEADERSHIP

Leadership:
Christine Miley, LEEP AP CEO
H. Jay Enck CxAP, HBDP, BEAP, CPMP, LEED Fellow CTO
sales@cxgbs.com
770-831-6760

Branch Managers:

Mississippi
David Cantrill P.E., BEAP, CCP
dcantrill@cxgbs.com
770-831-6760 x 140

Texas
Buddy Bishop CxA + BE
bbishop@cxgbs.com
770-831-6760 x 110

Georgia
H. Jay Enck CxAP, HBDP, BEAP, CPMP, LEED Fellow
hjenck@cxgbs.com
770-831-6760 x 101