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Commissioning at AU

What is commissioning?

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Commissioning at American University is a collaborative quality assurance process which helps the university to ensure that its projects and facilities are consistent with the University's Design and Construction Standards, emphasize life cycle cost-based decision making, meet operational needs and sustainability goals, and ultimately achieve their design and construction intent. In other words, commissioning is another way for AU to ensure that it is building and maintaining the best facilities it can to support learning, living, and working on campus.

How Commissioning is implemented at AU

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Facilities Management coordinates commissioning services for all of the University's Capital Projects, ensuring that operations and maintenance teams are engaged in projects as early as possible to enhance their input and understanding of each building and its systems. Facilities Management has been involved with the commissioning of all the Capital Projects listed below which encompass 13 new buildings:

  • School of International Service
  • Cassell Hall
  • Nebraska Hall Addition
  • 4401 Connecticut Ave (WAMU)
  • McKinley, School of Communications
  • Washington College of Law (Tenley Campus)
  • The East Campus Expansion

In addition to capital projects, the Facilities Management Staff performs in-house commissioning efforts on Capital Reserve and Deferred Maintenance (CRDM) and other university projects. AU's commissioning program will continue to grow by integrating retro-commissioning and ongoing commissioning into planned maintenance activities. Retro-commissioning is commissioning of existing facilities that weren't initially commissioned when built.

AU Master Commissioning Plan

The Commissioning Plan is intended to be a roadmap for the parties involved in the Commissioning process. It lists the systems to be commissioned, the Commissioning process activities, and the roles and responsibilities for each party involved.

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