Commissioning Services for Eastern Michigan (EMU) Pray-Harrold Project

Apr 30, 2015 10:47:00 AM


Classroom / Office Building Benefits from Commissioning

Peter Basso Associates provided commissioning services for Eastern Michigan University's Pray-Harrold renovations project. 

When constructed in 1969, the 237,108 square foot building was said to be the largest classroom building in the United States. The building is currently used for classrooms and the offices for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Department of African American Studies; Department of Computer Science; Department of Economic Department of English Language and Literature; Department of History and Philosophy; Institute for Diversity and Business Services; Department of Mathematics; Department of Political Science; Department of Sociology; Anthropology and Criminology.

Commissioning of the Pray Harrold Renovations project met LEED NC Version 2.2 Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1 Fundamental Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems; and Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3 Enhanced Commissioning. The scope of commissioning encompassed all the mechanical systems and select electrical systems, including HVAC systems, heating systems, refrigeration systems, temperature control systems, exhaust systems, plumbing fixtures, domestic cold water booster pumps, domestic hot water systems, fire suppression systems, electrical components serving the mechanical systems, emergency generator with transfer switches, uninterruptible power systems, lighting controls and fire alarm.

In summary, the commissioning of this project was a success. PBA's commissioning and retro-commissioning services team identified many items, which were corrected, prior to building acceptance by the Owner, and provided recommendations for both operations and future projects that would benefit the university.

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