Bowdoin College, Whittier Field Support Building
Bowdoin College undertook a phased project to renovate the historic Whittier Field and Magee-Samuelson Track and construct a new wood-framed, single-story support building housing locker rooms, training areas, equipment storage, and public restrooms. SGH provided building enclosure commissioning and testing services to support the project’s LEED certification.
As the building enclosure commissioning provider, SGH worked with the project team during the design documents phase through completion of construction and performance testing. Highlights of our work include the following:
- Helped establish performance expectations by developing the building enclosure commissioning (BECx) plan and specification and outlining testing requirements, roles and responsibilities for the project team, and procedures for documenting and resolving construction-related issues
- Reviewed the enclosure design, including the owner’s project requirements and the basis of design at critical phases, and provided recommendations to improve its performance, energy efficiency, and constructability
- Reviewed enclosure submittals, including those outlining plans for the building enclosure performance testing
- Provided construction phase services, including coordinating commissioning activities with the contractor, observing ongoing building enclosure construction to compare with the project requirements, and helping the contractor resolve field concerns
- Performed air infiltration and water penetration performance testing of the fenestration systems, an infrared survey of the exterior walls, and a whole-building air-leakage test to help the owner verify that they achieved their performance goals
- Prepared a final BECx report summarizing completed work, construction deviations, and site observations
- Performed a follow-up review of the enclosure ten months after occupancy
Key team members
University of Connecticut, Fine Arts Building
The University of Connecticut’s (UConn’s) Fine Arts Building is a u-shaped, two-story building built in 1974. UConn also wished to explore options to revitalize the landscaping around the building, which had become overgrown.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building NW21
When MIT personnel observed large cracks in the interior plaster finishes and binding interior doors at Building NW21, the university asked SGH to investigate the cause of the distress.