2018 CxAlloy User Conference

Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, November 12

7:00pm | Dinner

Tuesday, November 13

7:30am | Breakfast

8:30am | Opening & Roadmap

9:30am | Break

9:45am | CxAlloy Presentation 1 | Tips & Techniques

11:15am | Porsche Experience & Lunch

2:00pm | Case Study 1 | Orlando Airport | Robert Knoedler, P.E., EMP, CxA | Hanson Professional Services, Inc.
  • Hanson, their joint venture partner CMTS, and their subconsultant, Construction Moisture Consulting Inc. commissioned the new South Airport APM / ITF Complex (SAC), establishing the infrastructure for the upcoming South Terminal C at Orlando International Airport.  Commissioned systems include all major building envelope, mechanical (HVAC), plumbing, electrical and life safety systems.        
  • This project involved the design and construction of several facilities with a total area of approximately 335,000 square feet, including:       
    • Automated People Mover (APM) Facility – Integrated with the ITF, these combined facilities consist of a 4 story building with mezzanine of approximately 200,000 square feet (conditioned space).  The combined facilities operationally accommodate two rail modes of transportation initially, the APM (connected to the airport’s north terminal) and the Intercity Rail (All Aboard Florida), as well as Ground Transportation consisting of public busing, shuttle busses, taxis and limousines. 
    • Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF) – Integrated with the APM, see description above.
    • Passenger Drop-Off Lobby (PDL) – The Passenger Drop-off Lobby consists of a multi-story atrium and several shell space areas.
    • Central Energy Plant (CEP – The free standing facility will include chillers, pumps and field erected cooling towers.  The initial capacity for the Plant will be approximately 1,400 tons.
    • Parking Garage – Six level concrete parking garage with approximately 2,400 spaces.
  • A large project (approximately $650 million) divided between two CMAR firms, it presented a number of challenges; also offering valuable Lessons Learned:
    • Portions of the CHW loop were installed by four different mechanical contractors; each responsible for flushing and treating their portion of the system;
    • With chilled water mains sized for the ultimate 8,100 ton build-out, proper adjustments were required to achieve the required velocity in the piping system;
    • Although the design presented challenging envelope details, the lack of strong specifications delayed and compromised design of the mock-up wall, ultimately resulting in it having limited value;
    • When finally started with limited cooling load on the system, the central chiller plant had to be manually operated to monitor load on the chillers and prevent surging;
    • Delays in getting required power, fiber and conditioning of MDF and data rooms delayed the Controls’ contractor;
    • Verifying controls integration between the SAC and the north terminal where the front end central station resides; 
    • Logistics in functional performance testing and ‘tuning’ systems within a partially opened complex; working at night and on weekends.   
    • The project has been certified under LEED v4 for ‘site’ certification.    
  • Learning Objectives
    • Importance of designated Cx Coordinators for both CMAR firms; acting as liaisons with the CxA and BECxA, as well as coordinating with the multiple subcontractors on site.
    • Importance of regular Tag-Up, Readiness and Pull Planning meetings to monitor system progress and adjust critical schedule activities for testing preparation.  
    • Use of cloud-based Cx web application, CxAlloy, to track and manage the large amount of commissioning data, both envelope and M/E/P/FP, associated with the project (issues, checklists, tests, etc.)
    • Employing Lessons Learned from this South Airport Complex project for the next project: South Terminal C – Phase 1 (1.5 million SF).

3:00pm | Case Study 2 | Retail Distribution | Dustin Lilya | DC Engineering

4:00pm | Break

4:15pm | Case Study 3 | Data Center | Robert DiFazio | Critical Solutions Group, a Division of BGIS

7:00pm | Dinner

Wednesday, November 14

7:30am | Breakfast

8:30am | Case Study 4 | University | David McElroy | Northwestern University

9:30am | Case Study 5 | Hospital | Robert Langford | HCA
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) currently owns 180 hospitals across the United States and United Kingdom. The yearly construction budget program wide per year reaches $1.5 Billion. This presentation will focus on how HCA utilizes Cx Alloy to assist two commissioning agents with this workload.  HCA is also applying Cx Alloy to improve the Cx process by identifying and eliminating common issues as well as monitor contractors performance. 
  • Learning Objectives:
    • How HCA implements their MEP Guidelines
    • Use of cloud-based Cx web application to track and manage the large amount of projects HCA builds every year
    • How HCA organizes meeting minutes and site visit observations on Cx Alloy
    • How HCA sorts Common Issues and better ways to input issues for more accurate categorization

10:30am | Break

10:45am | Case Study 6 | Soup to Nuts | Phil Kang | WorkingBuildings

11:45am | Lunch

12:30pm | CxAlloy Presentation | FM 2.0

1:30pm | Conclude


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