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Incorporate Commissioning into A/E and CM Scope of Services

GSA commissioning activities may be more rigorous than Architect/Engineers (A/E) and Construction Managers  (CMs) typically include in their scope of services.  Design, Construction & Post-Construction commissioning activities must be defined and written into the A/E and CM scopes of work and executed contracts. 

By this stage of project development, the GSA Project Manager must have an awareness of how commissioning services will be delivered.  GSA’s preferred method for engaging a Commissioning Agent is to arrange for the Construction Manager to contract directly with a Commissioning Agent, however there will be exceptions based on project specific drivers.  Should the project team determine that the CM will contract the commissioning agent, this must be written into the CM’s scope of work.

Commissioning services for Design and Construction Management professionals shall minimally include, but are not limited to the items listed on the following page.

 Design Professional

1. Participate & aid in the documentation of the Owner’s Project Requirements.

2. Document revisions to Owner’s Project Requirements and obtain GSA Approval.

3. Document the Basis of Design.

4. Integrate Cx process requirements & activities provided by the CxA into the contract documents.

5. Attend Commissioning Team meetings (3 Design Review Meetings and monthly Construction Stage Cx Team meetings).

6. Specify & verify that the operation & maintenance of the systems & assemblies have been adequately detailed in the construction documents.

7. Review & incorporate as appropriate the CxA’s comments into the contract documents.

8. Participate in the operations and maintenance personnel training as specified in the training program.

9. Review test procedures submitted by the contractor.

10. Review & comment on the CxA’s progress reports and issue logs.

11. Witness the functional testing of all commissioned systems and assemblies.

12. Review and accept record documents as required by the contract documents.

13. Review and comment on the final Commissioning Record.

14. Recommend final acceptance of the systems to GSA.

15.  Verify systems are installed as specified.

Construction Manager

1. If appropriate, lead the RFQ process for commissioning services and award a contract to a Commissioning Agent directly under the Construction Manager.

2. Include commissioning process activities and requirements into all General Contractor Bid Packages.

3. Work with the Commissioning Team to develop a schedule for commissioning activities and incorporate commissioning activities into the overall project schedule

4. Provide personnel with the means and author-ity to coordinate implementation of the commissioning process as detailed in the contract documents.

5. Attend Commissioning Team meetings (3 Design Review Meetings and monthly Construction Stage Cx Team meetings).

6. Coordinate with the Commissioning Agent in development of a Commissioning Plan.

7. Perform quality control functions, particularly in the areas of design reviews for constructability and inspection.

8. Participate in and assist with the functional testing of all commissioned systems and assemblies.

9. Provide technical expertise such as testing, cost estimating and resolving disputes.

10.  Coordinate & document Owner/Operator training.

11.  Issue a statement that certifies all work has been completed and the facility is operational, in accordance with the contract documents.

12.  Coordinate General Contractor remedies for deficiencies identified by the Commissioning Agent during their verification of the installation or tests.

13.  Review and comment on the final Commissioning Record. 

CONTACTS

Patrick Fee
(202) 501-0038


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