Commissioning: Publications

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Commissioning Critical Facilities
An important factor in achieving a reliable 7x24 facility is an infrastructure Commissioning Process: a systematic process ensuring that infrastructure systems perform as per design and planning intent. Current industry practices, often shaped by the vendor-contractor perspective, means the Equipment Start-Up Process can be insufficient to detect latent failures and prevent costly operational incidents. This white paper offers a comprehensive explanation of Commissioning phases, levels of testing and benefits; and a sample protocol for optimum system Commissioning.
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News Articles

Training is Often Missing in Critical Planning
Today's Facility Manager - Oct 08, 2014
Jim Szel's article in Today's Facility Manager magazine describes optimal staffing, training and assessment practices for mission critical facility management.

Problems Found In The Field: How Retrocommissioning Can Solve Them
Engineered Systems - Feb 01, 2014
In the last few years, major cities throughout the country have passed new energy code requirements mandating that commercial buildings perform regular retro-commissioning audits.

An Rx for Cx (Commissioning) (PDF, 870 KB)
Medical Construction & Design - Jul 16, 2012
The healthcare Cx process is the Rx for better quality of care in that it focuses team efforts on the verification of systems performance to prevent failures that can compromise the patient environment. Read about best practices for the healthcare environment in this article. (Turn to page 46.)

How Should I Grow My Data Center (PDF, 253 KB)
7x24Newslink - Nov 10, 2011
Knowledgeable data center owners and operators have learned, to their regret, over many years that building too much or too little data center critical IT load capacity (simply called capacity in this article) at one time often causes major problems. This article examines the typical problems encountered, proposes a strategy for rational growth, and illustrates an example of how to implement the strategy.

Critical Facilities: Data Center Security (Parts 1-4) (PDF, 856 KB)
Data Center Journal - Nov 08, 2011
What Drives the Data Center? A holistic approach to protecting the mission critical environment.

Making Sure you get your money’s worth in the Commissioning Process
Today's Facility Manager - Mar 28, 2011
How do you know if the commissioning is being done correctly? What guidelines can be built into the process to maintain the right checks and balances? The answers lie in a greater understanding of the commissioning process itself. More than just testing systems and securing energy efficiencies, commissioning is the holistic process of assuring full reliability and functionality throughout building systems and equipment and beyond baseline LEED commissioning.

Part 1: Commissioning: From Optional to Mainstream article
Today's Facility Manager - Feb 28, 2011
Current business financial pressures and uptime demands have created an environment where owners can no longer afford for a building to go through its classic phases of design and construction and then progress through a “teething” stage to become fully functional. Instead, owners must be sure that their complex systems and infrastructure are performing as designed on day one.

Press Releases

Syska Hennessy Group's Princeton Office Moves to College Park Location
Dec 07, 2009
Our regional office has made 105 College Road, within the College Park complex at Princeton Forrestal Center its new home.

Sep 24, 2009

Syska Hennessy Designing Building Systems/Lighting for UCLA, Terasaki Life Sciences Building
Aug 11, 2009
Syska Hennessy was awarded a contract to design architectural lighting for a new University of California, Los Angeles, Terasaki Life Sciences Building.

Syska Hennessy Group Launches New Web Site
Apr 22, 2009
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., a global leader in consulting, engineering, technology and construction, announces the launch of its new web site, The new site is not only more visually exciting, but expresses a clear and concise message of the firm’s Vision and its Mission.

Syska Hennessy Completes Lighting Design for San Diego Banner Art Display
Mar 11, 2009
The Port of San Diego engaged Syska Hennessy Group to illuminate the Banner Art Display for the Imperial Beach Art Walk.