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Commissioning Symposium

The National Capital Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) and the Penn State College of Engineering, recently hosted a Commissioning Symposium on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Borton-Lawson’s A.J. Speicher is currently the president of the National Capital Chapter of BCA and helped coordinate the commissioning event.

Attendees listened to speakers present updates on PHRC activities, background on the Penn State Continuous Commissioning program and an overview on the new Architectural Engineering Master’s Degree in Facilities Engineering and Management. The group was also able to tour the Department of Architectural Engineering’s building components lab and the recently commissioned on campus data center.

Commissioning is a systematic quality assurance process to verify that building systems are fully operational and perform interactively according to the design intent and owners requirements.

ASHRAE Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process, defines commissioning as “a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria”.

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