Desired Qualifications

It is GSA’s desire for the person(s) designated as the site commissioning agent to satisfy as many of the following requirements as possible:

  • Acted as the principal commissioning agent for at least three projects of comparable size, type, and scope.
  • Extensive experience in the operation and troubleshooting of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and energy management control systems.
  • Extensive field experience is required. A minimum of five full years in this type of work is required.
  • Knowledgeable in building operation and maintenance and operations & maintenance (O&M) training.
  • Technical training in fire protection engineering, and/ or past commissioning; field experience, and knowledge in national building and fire codes, as well as egress systems, water-based fire extinguishing systems, fire detection systems, fire alarm systems, and smoke management systems.
  • Knowledgeable in national building and fire codes as well as water-based fire extinguishing systems, detection systems, and alarms systems.
  • Knowledgeable in testing and balancing both air and water systems.
  • Knowledgeable in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and sustainable design criteria.
  • Experienced in energy-efficient equipment design and control strategy optimization.
  • Specific experience with specialty systems relative to the particular facility type (i.e., federal blast and progressive collapse requirements, security systems, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with a total building commissioning approach, including building envelope, data and communication systems, and other specialty systems
  • Direct experience in monitoring and analyzing system operation using energy management control system trending and stand-alone datalogging equipment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Highly organized and able to work with both management and trade contractors.
  • Experienced in writing commissioning specifications.
  • A bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is strongly preferred, and a P.E. license is desired; however, other technical training, past commissioning, and field experience will be considered.
  • Membership with the Building Commissioning Association is desired.
  • Membership with the U.S. Green Building Council is desired.
  • LEED Accredited Professional certification is desired.

The required expertise for this project will be based on the skill and experience set of the full team making the proposal. A member of the prime firm will be the designated commissioning agent who is the member of the team that will coordinate the commissioning activities from the technical perspective. This party may not necessarily be the team’s overall project or contract manager. The commissioning agent must have significant in-building commissioning experience, including technical and management expertise on projects of similar scope. If the commissioning agent or prime firm does not have sufficient skills to commission a specific system, the prime firm shall subcontract with a qualified party to do so. Subcontractor qualifications shall be included and clearly designated in the response to this statement of work.

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