Construction Phase Commissioning
The Construction Phase Commissioning Plan will include the Commissioning Team and updated construction information obtained from review of Construction Documents, review of submittal data and controls submittals per commissioning scope, data from specific equipment being installed, complete controls sequences of operation, change order work to date, and any approved as-built modifications. FCG will provide submittal reviews for applicable systems to be commissioned for consideration and action by the Design Team and owner representatives. Design and submittal review documents will not be included in the Construction Phase Commissioning Plan document placed onsite for contractor execution of the SVC’s, but these submittal reviews are contained in the Commissioning Report delivered to the Owner during the Post-Acceptance Phase of the project.
The Construction Phase Commissioning Plan is presented to the contractor and explained during an onsite Commissioning Kick-Off Meeting where Commissioning Team Members are identified, roles and responsibilities are explained and communication protocols are established.
The Commissioning Plan contains project specific System Verification Checklists (SVC’s) prepared by FCG to be filled out by installing contractors, and manufacturer start-up checklists provided by installing contractors for equipment and systems included in the commissioning scope. System Verification Checklists (SVC’s) ensure that systems have been installed properly, conform to the specifications and are ready for safe start-up. Contractors carry out point-to-point control checks and document their results. The Owner and Design Team review the Commissioning Plan for approval to distribute to all commissioning team members during a Construction Phase Commissioning Kick-Off Meeting led by FCG onsite.
The Commissioning Authority observes installation progress frequently to assess construction compliance with the OPR, specification requirements, and prevailing industry standards. The CxA conducts commissioning meetings in conjunction with regular progress meetings to discuss upcoming commissioning milestones, start-ups, resolution tracking form issues, and tests required for the project. A consistent onsite CxA/CxT presence during construction provides owners, contractors and designers an additional avenue for communicating design intent concerns.
The contractor is responsible for starting equipment and systems in accordance with the project specifications. The Commissioning Authority witness’s start-ups and documents the results using the start-up checklists and provisions in the commissioning plan.
FCG writes and submits Functional Performance Tests (FPT’s) for Commissioning Team review for each system that details the tests to be undertaken to demonstrate correct operation under designed modes of control, specified sequences of operation, and the applicable pass/fail criteria for compliance with the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). The Commissioning Authority verifies installation test results reported by the contractors, includes appropriate information in the Commissioning Report.