In support of the “Assure/Expand Chilled Water Capacity” project at the NIH Bethesda Campus RMF was contracted to provide full time on-site Construction Quality Management (CQM) and Commissioning (Cx) Services. The key components of the Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) consisted of the following:
- Demolition of existing Building 34.
- New eight million gallon chilled water storage tank, 1 inch thick steel. The TESS Tank was 120 feet in diameter and 100 feet tall.
- New two-level building, housing: pumps, piping, related equipment, controls, electrical distribution system and an emergency generator.
- Chilled Water piping, direct-buried and in trench.
- Site work, including excavation, sheeting, shoring, retaining walls, concrete screen wall.
RMF’s CQM services included:
- Construction field inspection, problem solving and safety monitoring.
- Providing activation / occupancy services; including planning, scoping, scheduling and coordinating.
- Resolution of problems throughout the duration of the contract and advising of the Project Officer immediately of any problems, disagreement or potential delays.
- Cost estimating, design reviews and, constructability and coordination reviews
- Monitoring performance schedules of the GC and recommending appropriate action when the GC failed to meet performance milestones, including specific use of Primavera scheduling software.
RMF’s Construction Phase Services included:
- Project Management Plan
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Services
- Constructability reviews
- GC schedule optimization
- GC’s monthly report review
- Project Manual
- Budget control and reporting
- Long lead procurement items
- Meetings and conferences
- Contractor payments
- As-Built drawings
- Change-order negotiations
Commissioning services were provided for all MEP and specialty systems. RMF ensured completion of all Commissioning requirements by the subcontractors, including start-up, testing, O&M manuals, training, spare parts, tools and record documents.