In this ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam Prep course you will learn about the topics covered in the ARE 5.0 CE exam division. A complete and comprehensive curriculum, this course will touch on each of the NCARB objectives for the ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam.
Instructor Mike Newman will discuss issues related to bidding and negotiation processes, support of the construction process, and evaluation of completed projects.
When you are done with this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the content covered in the ARE 5.0 Construction and Evaluation Exam including construction contract execution, construction support services, payment request processing, and project closeout.
When establishing procedures for building commissioning, you will review and coordinate how commissioning will be performed, coordinate attendance of appropriate team members, and finally be present for all testing and commissioning. The first step in organizing commissioning during close out is to review and coordinate how commissioning will be performed. You should have a meeting with the project team to determine who the commissioning agent will be. It's likely this may have already been decided prior to the beginning of the project. If it was not previously decided to do commissioning, you may need to explain the benefits of it to the owner and get their acceptance to proceed.
You will need to select a commissioning agent at this stage. You will need to go through the process of soliciting proposals, reviewing qualifications and bids, and awarding a contract. The roles and responsibilities of the commissioning agent should be verified and coordinated. All stakeholders should understand what systems need to be commissioned.
To do this, you will need a commissioning plan as defined in the contract and any owner specific project requirements. This also might be commissioning requirements defined by the AHJ, authority having jurisdiction, which would be included in the commissioning plan, such as commissioning medical gas systems in a hospital installation. As an architect, you will conduct commissioning meetings with the contractors to review the commissioning schedule with any open items.
You will also need to perform site visits to review conformance of the systems installation with the design intent of the construction documents. After this has been reviewed, you will need to coordinate the attendance of the architects and consultants for testing and commissioning. This involves knowing who needs to be present for each test. If you are unsure, you can refer to the C401 agreements. You will need to understand the testing procedures and if they are being conducted properly.
During commissioning and testing, it would be necessary for you to attend equipment start ups for major systems like MEP and fire protection, monitor all issues and deficiencies and help coordinate their resolution, review operation and maintenance manuals, assist with owner training and provide the owner with commission related documentation, conduct seasonal testing, such as heating and air conditioning, and provide end of warranty review.
If you don't organize the commissioning and testing or follow the proper steps, the appropriate project team members might not be in attendance, the owner may not receive the proper documentation for maintenance and operation which could result in poor or improper building performance, or there could be delays in the project completion. To recap, when establishing procedures for building commissioning, you will review and coordinate how commissioning will be performed, coordinate attendance of appropriate team members, and finally be present for all testing and commissioning.
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