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Central Plant Construction

Risk Management for Central Plant Systems During Construction

By | Central Plant Construction, Central Plant Design, Design-Build Construction, Invitation For Bid

Central utility plant construction involves the installation or modification of mission-critical systems that must continue to perform during buildout.  Boilers, chillers, cooling towers and similar infrastructure can occasionally go off-line for planned maintenance, but certainly not for the extended time periods required in new construction.  Unfortunately, in many cases a new plant must occupy the existing footprint, adding to the planning required and increasing the potential for service interruptions or complications. Read More

Bid Evaluation: Successful Experience Counts

By | Boiler Plant Construction, Central Plant Construction, Invitation For Bid, Project Management

Evaluating bids for a central plant construction project is a complex endeavor for any facilities director or selection committee.  There are a number of criteria being reviewed, including costs, equipment and materials, and the competing firms themselves.  One of the areas where we feel project stakeholders should spend time is identifying the successful experience of those submitting bids.  Read More

Packaged Utility Plants:  Are They Really Plug-And-Play?

By | Central Plant Construction, Central Plant Design, Design-Build Construction, Packaged Utility Plants

Over the past few years, the central utility plant construction industry has experienced increased use of pre-manufactured, or “packaged”, central utility plant strategies.  This factory-built approach to delivering central cooling, heating and power has the potential to positively impact project schedules, costs and quality.

However, there are some misconceptions.  For example, owners and contractors may be tempted to think these packaged solutions are “plug-and-play” – where all the coordination happens before shipment, driven completely by the packaged plant manufacturer.  In that case, on-site field work for assembly, start-up and commissioning is more of an afterthought. Read More

The Perils of Invitation For Bid

By | Boiler Plant Construction, Central Plant Construction, Cooling Tower Construction, Design-Build Construction, Invitation For Bid

For many organizations contemplating a central utility plant, boiler upgrade or similar infrastructure project, an invitation to bid appears to be the best option to find the right price/value.  Unfortunately, the invitation to bid process often leaves building owners with a poor construction experience. Read More

The importance of Design in Central Utility Plant Construction

By | Boiler Plant Construction, Central Plant Construction, Central Plant Design, Design-Build Construction

Commercial construction is a complex endeavor, made even more so when you consider the mechanical systems needed to effectively control large commercial and industrial spaces.  Consider a hospital, or large university dormitory — each has very specific needs for heating, cooling, electricity, water, wastewater and fire suppression systems.  However, the nature of the building’s use significantly changes the construction approach needed. Read More