The Charles E. Smith Center, located on the campus of The George Washington University (GWU), underwent major renovation in pursuit of Gold certification under LEED for New Construction (LEED NC) version 3.0. The Smith Center has served as the home of GWU’s Department of Athletics and Recreation for over 30 years, hosting both intercollegiate and student club team practices and competitions, as well as special events. The facility is also a valued resource serving the neighboring Foggy Bottom community.
The client brought on Baumann Consulting as the Commissioning Authority (CxA) to organize, coordinate, oversee, and document the Commissioning (Cx) process. The aim of the Cx process is to fulfill LEED-NC requirements as well as support the achievement of the project’s energy efficiency and system operation goals.
As the CxA, Bauman performed design reviews during various design phases and the provision of Cx related documents. Additionally, Baumann also performed extensive functional performance tests and verification applying the company’s unique Operation Diagnostics methodology, an innovative approach to tracking trend data from the building automation system to evaluate and optimize system operations.
As part of the project scope, Baumann also performed Energy Modeling according to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 Appendix G.
Major Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) incorporated into the project include:
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- Replacement of air handling units and related controls.
- Design of a dehumidification air handling unit in the swimming pool area which recaptures energy for pool heating, an upgrade from the previous gas boiler pool heating system.
- Replacement of lighting fixtures, including occupancy sensors for lighting controls in key areas.
- Upgraded building enclosure systems, including improvements in the entrance area and additional thermal insulation.