Chiller Plant Commissioning
The Chiller Plant Commissioning project provided commissioning services during the construction of a 4,000-ton central chiller plant at University of Michigan's North Campus. The central plant consisted of three (3) 1,300-ton variable-speed electric centrifugal chillers, with associated cooling towers, pumps, filters, and other appurtenances. The distribution system consisted of over a mile of direct-buried underground pipe (up to 30" diameter), and carried chilled water to 11 campus buildings (about 1,000,000 sq. ft. total building area). Commissioning tasks including participating in system start-up and trouble-shooting for chilled water (above and below ground), condenser water, water treatment, free cooling, and digital control systems.)
Scope of Work
- Develop check/test/start procedures for major mechanical equipment.
- Develop and update tracking lists for construction issues.
- Witness and document equipment start up.
- Develop and implement piping flushing/ cleaning plans in conjunction with piping contractors.
- Coordinate implementation of change orders for mechanical systems.
- Coordinate and witness testing and balancing, vibration testing.
- Develop and update controls commissioning check sheet.
- Coordinate data trending during plant start-up and controls Commissioning.
- System check/test/start.
- Construction commissioning.
- Direct Digital Control (DDC) commissioning.
- Creating and maintaining progress documentation.
- Coordinating the work of various contractors.
- Supporting the University's maintenance staff.
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Dale W. Niethammer, P.E.
Dale is Senior Principal and Vice President with expertise in mechanical engineering and project management for educational, energy management, commercial, industrial, laboratory, and chemical industries.