Building commissioning involves an independent third party testing a building’s systems and materials and the operation of the building as a whole. The MSBA requires and pays for the entire cost of building commissioning for all MSBA-funded projects. MSBA commissioned buildings undergo an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations. Commissioning ensures that the new building operates efficiently and as the owner intended. Commissioning also prepares the building staff to operate and maintain building systems and equipment.

Benefits of commissioning for the District include:

  • Construction cost savings
  • Improved coordination between design, construction, and occupancy
  • Fewer system deficiencies at building turnover
  • Energy savings
  • Improved indoor environmental quality

Building commissioning is a critical component in any “green” building program including LEED and MA-CHPS. The process employs several strategies to reduce a building’s energy use. Early in the design phase, energy issues are discussed among the project team. In design review, they look for design issues that may have an impact on maintenance accessibility or lead to inefficient system operation and wasted energy. 

Commissioning Request for Responses ("RFR")

In September 2011, the MSBA issued an RFR to Provide Building Commissioning Services on public school construction, renovation, and repair projects in Massachusetts.

The MSBA evaluated 29 responses and staff advanced 26 Responses for Phase Two Review. Substantive evaluation interviews were conducted on October 31, 2011 and November 4, 2011 and staff recommended the following to the Board of Directors on November 16, 2011:

Full Building and Partial Building/Single System Commissioning
B2Q Associates, Inc. RDK Engineers
BVH Integrated Services, Inc. Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering, P.C.
Cannon Design Sebesta Blomberg & Associates, Inc.
Consulting Engineering Services, LLC Strategic Building Solutions, LLC
Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc. Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates
Foreman Building Commissioning, LP WSP Flack + Kurtz
Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP  
Building Envelope Commissioning
Building Enclosure Associates Russo Barr Associates, Inc.
CBI Consulting Inc. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Gale Associates, Inc.