Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Civic Building in Billings, Montana Received Design-Build Honor Award


Setty performed Total Building Commissioning for the new 146,742 gsf U.S. Federal Courthouse. The scope of work encircles commissioning of Design, Construction and Post-Occupancy stages to deliver all program goals for the new Courthouse. 

The U.S.Federal Courthouse Civic building in Billings, Montana received Design-Build Honor Awards from Design-Build Institute of America.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A Case Study on Total Building Commissioning: U.S. District Courthouse in Salt Lake City


Introduction
Principles and procedures of Total Building Commissioning (Cx) are presented as a case study of the U.S. District Courthouse, which is being constructed in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, as a design-bid-build project.  This 10-story building has a floor area of approximately 357,000 gross square feet and has an estimated construction cost of $177 million. The construction is to be completed in July 2014. Setty performed total building commissioning to Commissioning (C x) to evaluate the integrated performance of building systems.

The new courthouse was designed in accordance with the PBS Facilities Standards P100-2005 and the 2007 U.S. Court Design Guide.  It has also  been  designed  to  achieve  “gold certification”  in  accordance  with Leadership  in  Energy  and  Environmental  Design (LEED®),  which, through  its  requirement  for  commissioning,  is  intended  to  verify that  the building  has  been  designed  and  built  using  strategies  aimed  at improving overall performance compared to a baseline design. 

This case study  focuses  on  commissioning  of  several  systems  during  the  design  phase,  and partial commissioning of the envelope system, which was the only system available for  performance  testing  during  the  early  stage  of  construction. Findings and conclusions are presented regarding performance enhancements of several systems attributable to commissioning during the design phase, and performance testing of the envelope system during the early construction stage.

Conclusions
1)  Successful Total Building Commissioning (C x ) is highly dependent on the clarity and timeliness of the criteria and procedures that are defined in the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR).  The 10-year gap  from  start  of  initial  design  to  start  of  construction  was  an impediment to the C x  process in this case study.
2)  C x is more than a design process.  Commissioning of the physical systems to pre-set criteria at the onset and duration of construction is critical to successful building performance. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library achieves LEED Gold certification


The energy efficient District of Columbia Public Library receives LEED Gold Certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its sustainable design.

Setty in collaboration with Adjaye Associates and Wiencek + Associates has succeeded in earning environmental praise by turning DCPL’s Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library facility into an energy efficient building.    
             
The new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library encircling an area of 26,372 SF has become an eminent example for showcasing efficiency in preserving state-of-the-art and intriguing design without down grading the high-performance features of the building. Design could achieve 23.25% on energy savings and 18.34% on cost savings highlighting Setty’s contribution.

The DCPL’s program to dedicate architecturally distinctive structure in Washington neighborhood by seeking to transform the small civic building from just repositories of books into incubators for learning as well as community interaction was achieved by the collaboration of MEP expert Setty with architectural big guns such as Adjaye Associates and Wiencek + Associates.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Recent Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contracts

Setty has recently been awarded with Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract for the following projects:
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, A/E services, VA
  • International Monetary Fund, Office Renovation, Washington, DC with DBI Associates
  • Baltimore County Public School, Mechanical/Electrical Consulting, Baltimore, MD
  • City of Rockville, A/E and Other Related Service, Rockville, MD
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, RFEOI for On-Call Planning and Programming Services, Washington, DC with Ricondo & Associates, Inc.
  • Loudoun County Engineering Services, VA
  • County of Stafford, A/E services, Stafford, VA

Friday, 24 May 2013

Setty: Company Introduction


Setty is an Engineering firm that provides building design consulting services for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. Setty is headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Setty has the means and experience to deliver a full spectrum of services, whether associated with planning, design, permitting, construction inspection, construction management, energy management, commissioning, or post occupancy evaluations.

Having an experienced staff of Registered Professional Engineers, Registered Architects, Certified Commissioning Agents, Certified Energy Managers, LEED Accredited Professionals, Certified Peer Reviewers and Certified Construction Managers, Setty's responsiveness to customer needs is a strong and feasible business principle throughout the firm. We commit to timely coordination of efforts on a moment's notice, as we want to function as an extension of the owner's property development staff.