AIA|LA Healthcare Committee: July 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
NBBJ, 523 W. Sixth Street, Suite 300, Los Angeles CA 90014

AIA|LA Healthcare Committee: July 2014
AIA|LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare

Commissioning Healthcare Facilities - Neither Last Nor Least
Presented by Capital Engineering Consultants, Inc.

When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: NBBJ, 523 W. Sixth Street, Suite 300, Los Angeles CA 90014

In this month's presentation of the AIA|LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare we show how commissioning performs a critical function throughout the facilities construction process and fills a need that expanding technology creates. 

Building Commissioning and its Larger Role in Project Success
Building commissioning (Cx) is a quality focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses upon verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet its design objectives or the Owner's Project Requirements. Typically in commissioning, a building undergoes an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations. 

Commissioning ensures that the new building operates initially as the owner intended and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.

Commissioning can play a pivotal role in the way a project unfolds. Being one of the last functions to be performed, prior to project turnover, gives it unique influence in a project's outcome, and doing commissioning right can help owners avoid compromises in performance quality and post turnover call-backs.

Attendees will receive “Commissioning's Critical Path,” a handout that participants can use in planning and evaluating their project construction schedules for more effective commission ability.

  • Attendees will gain a working knowledge of how commissioning is filling a growing gap between bulk facility construction and their operational readiness.
  • Attendees will learn techniques for reducing time between occupancy and fully functional facilities.
  • Attendees will be given a tool to use for evaluating contractor construction schedules for completeness of commissioning inclusion and where they need to be augmented.
  • Attendees will learn a technique for conveying how system complexity is impacting everyone, and through analogy, the problem faced by modern facility operating staff and how commissioning is addressing that. Note: It is not intuitive!
This session will be presented by:
Chuck Shinneman, P.E., CxA, LEED AP BD+C 
Capital Engineering Consultants Inc.; Director of Sustainability and Building Optimization

Chuck Shinneman, P.E. and Certified Commissioning Authority, brings 40 years of comprehensive experience in the engineering and commissioning industry. For the past decade he has focused solely on commissioning. A nine-year veteran of Capital, Chuck brings a broad scope of expertise to the commissioning arena, including an extensive engineering design background which includes HVAC systems, cogeneration systems, and plumbing systems, as well as trend log analysis, energy management, alternative energy systems and LEED certification. Chuck's significant expertise in evaluating equipment from perspectives of first cost, operational cost, warrantee aspects and testing follow through, is of great value in the commissioning process, where evaluation of a system's operational characteristics is integral. Among his recent commissioning projects are 3 acute care and 4 non-OSHPD medical facilities.

Parking is not validated but available at various locations downtown, or take the Metro Red Line/Purple Line to Metro Center/Seventh Street or Pershing Square Station. 

Special thanks to NBBJ for hosting this event at their office.