Innovation and Design

Tactical Equipment Maintenace Facility


US Army Corp of Engineers


Fort Sam Houston, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson




Project Goal:

USGBC’s LEED Green Building Rating System is a benchmarking and design assistance tool for building owners, designers, and construction professionals. The US Army Corp of Engineers has recognized the effectiveness and benefits of LEED to achieve an energy efficient and healthy building. To achieve a LEED rating, a whole-building approach must be used to evaluate a building's environmental performance using six categories: Site Selection, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design Process.


Alutiiq understands the commissioning process is a highly effective method to improve the performance of building systems and equipment to meet USACE expectations. The intent of this prerequisite, as stated in the LEED Reference Guide, is to verify and ensure that fundamental building elements and systems are designed, installed and calibrated to operate as intended.” As the Commissioning Authority, Contects is leading the commissioning efforts for the project to meet the Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning LEED prerequisite. The commissioning tasks are: 1. Review the design intent and basis of design documentation and document the USACE's requirements for each commissioned system in the building. 2. Indentify the systems to be commissioned, the various requirements related to schedule, review submittals, testing, training, review O&M manuals and warranties. 3. Develop and utilize a commissioning plan. 4. Verify installation, functional performance, training and documentation for each commissioned system or component, verify proper installation, functional performance in accordance with the design intent, training of owner’s designated operation and maintenance personnel, and completion of useful operation and maintenance manuals. 5. Prepare a commissioning report and submit it to USACE once the commissioning plan has been fully executed.

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