Optimizing System Performance

Our Approach

Because we are engineers by training, we fully understand the design process from conceptualization through completion as well as what it takes to optimize operations once systems are installed and ready to perform.

We fight for the users. It is our job to look at the whole project process, see how the pieces best fit together, and ensure the owner is fully aware of their options and conclusions. We’re full-time owner advocates, invested in your needs, ready to learn what matters to you most, and eager to help you achieve your goals.

On every commissioning undertaking, we bring the full breadth of our experience to bear, leveraging our lessons learned and applying our background in mechanical and electrical engineering design. We place a firm commitment on full-team cooperation, up-front coordination, and clear communication. Our greatest strength is exceptional people, management, and team leadership skills.

Since the early 1990s, Wood Harbinger’s commissioning team has been developing proactive relationships with owners and delivering successful commissioning projects. Over the years we’ve seen the combination of building systems and controls become more complex. Our commissioning team has developed proven, systematic processes to ensure that the interconnected systems function in harmony with each other.

Commissioning By the Numbers

  • 26% of our work includes commissioning
  • >30 presentations for professional organizations in the past 5 years. Wood Harbinger is taking the lead in commissioning thought leadership.

Our Services

  • Commissioning of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, utility infrastructure, low voltage, and electronic security systems
  • Existing building commissioning (EBCx)
  • Retrocommissioning
  • Owner’s project requirements (OPR) development and review
  • Design phase contract document review
  • Commissioning specifications
  • Commissioning plans and reports
  • Construction submittal review
  • Electrical equipment factory witness testing
  • Equipment start-up observation and review
  • Operational performance testing
  • Integrated systems testing
  • Systems manuals
  • Operation & maintenance personnel training
  • Protection systems acceptance testing observation of certified technicians
  • Post-occupancy review
  • Equipment performance warranty review
  • LEED prerequisites, Fundamental and Enhanced commissioning

Facility Types

  • Central utility plants
  • K-12 schools and district facilities
  • Higher education campuses
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Military facilities
  • Municipal facilities
  • Airport terminals
  • Aircraft maintenance facilities
  • Corporate campuses and offices
  • Commercial & industrial facilities
  • Data centers
  • Laboratories
  • Manufacturing/production facilities
  • Maintenance facilities
  • Water & wastewater treatment plants

LEED Commissioning

  • Commissioning activities can be used to satisfy non-commissioning credits. Examples: ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ), measurement and verification.
  • Systems manual for LEED credit and to provide ongoing support for maintenance staff to sustain optimal building operations.

Commissioning Benefits

  • Design and construction cost savings
  • Energy savings
  • Reduction in operating costs
  • Improved workplace environment
  • Improved maintenance staff training

Building Commissioning Association (BCA) Leadership

  • Bruce Pitts: President of the BCA and member of the Board of Directors
  • Jeff Yirak: Vice President of BCA Pacific Northwest Chapter

Commissioning Projects

Hamilton International Middle School Commissioning
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA

Lynnwood High School Commissioning
Edmonds School District
Bothell, WA

Nathan Hale High School Modernization Phase 1B and 2 Commissioning
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA

Ocean Engineering Support Facility Commissioning
Naval Base Kitsap
Bremerton, WA

  • By the Numbers

    38 employees

    5 LEED Accredited Professionals

    13 Professional Engineers

    45+ LEED Certified projects

    20+ engineering awards in the past 5 years

    Consulting and commissioning on more than $1 billion in construction value in the past 5 years