• GW Smith Center
    Washington, D.C.

    The client brought on Baumann Consulting as the commissioning authority to support the LEED for New Construction certification process and support achievement of the project’s energy efficiency and system operation goals.

  • GW Smith Center
    Washington, D.C.

    The client brought on Baumann Consulting as the commissioning authority to support the LEED for New Construction certification process and support achievement of the project’s energy efficiency and system operation goals.

  • GW Smith Center
    Washington, D.C.

    The client brought on Baumann Consulting as the commissioning authority to support the LEED for New Construction certification process and support achievement of the project’s energy efficiency and system operation goals.

  • GW Smith Center
    Washington, D.C.

    The client brought on Baumann Consulting as the commissioning authority to support the LEED for New Construction certification process and support achievement of the project’s energy efficiency and system operation goals.

The Charles E. Smith Center, home of The George Washington University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation for over 30 years underwent major renovation in 2009. The Smith Center hosts special events on campus and both intercollegiate and club team practices and competitions.

As part of the project scope, Baumann performed energy modeling according to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 Appendix G. Major energy efficiency measures (EEMs) incorporated into the project include:

  • Replacement of air handling units and related controls
  • Dehumidification air handling unit in the swimming pool area recapturing 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

Baumann also carried out commissioning for this project, including multiple design reviews and extensive functional performance testing. The team utilized our unique Operation Diagnostics methodology, an innovative approach to tracking trend data, to evaluate and optimize the operation of the building systems. Some issues resolved included:

  • Simultaneous heating and cooling by the AHUs
  • Systems running 24 / 7 unnecessarily
  • Chilled Water system not operating upon demand
  • Thermostats communicating with the wrong HVAC units

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