American Online (AOL)

LEED-CI Enhanced Commissioning

The project was a complete gut renovation of approximately 110,000 sf on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of an historic high-rise in the garment district that was the site of the first commercial radio station in New York. AOL outfitted the space for their offices and a completely, new, self-contained state-of-the-art broadcast studio on the 4th floor. Due to the 24×7 nature of the facility the client has redundant mission critical electrical and cooling. Cooling is provided by building chilled water during normal working hours but the client switches to their own air-cooled chillers during the nights and weekends. In emergencies, they have their own power supply and are completely independent of the local grid.

Ron Wilkinson provided Enhanced LEED-CI Silver commissioning for AOL, including design reviews and full commissioning of their mission critical development of their system manual. The project employs several new rooftop air cooled chillers and a new variable air volume HVAC system. Individual A/C units serve various voice/data equipment rooms.

Google, Inc.

Retro-Commissioning for NYC LL87

The project consisted of retro-commissioning for early compliance with NYC LL 87 and to establish a baseline for superior performance for the newly acquired buildings of Google’s East Coast Headquarters. The scope of work required compliance with LEED EBOM Prerequisites, EAp1 and EAp2, and all three possible LEED commissioning credits, EAc2.1, 2.2 and 2.3. Space included nearly 500,000 SF of office space in an historic Chelsea district building. The facility is one of three headquarters buildings for the international internet giant, the other two being in California and Europe.

Ron Wilkinson developed the scope of work including HVAC, lighting and domestic water heating and supervised the creation of the test sheets for the project. He attended weekly project meetings with the client, the LEED consultant, the third party O&M contractor and the client’s O&M staff and defined the details of the RCx process.

He also reviewed the operation of the existing building management system (BMS) and made recommendations for changes to the system to accommodate the new, increased, demands of building performance. He also coordinated the changes recommended by the RCx process with the existing capital improvement plan.