The new class-A commercial building at 2050 M Street NW, in Washington, D.C., developed by Tishman Speyer, includes offices, retail space, and the new broadcast studios for CBS News.
The project was executed in two main phases: (1) the construction of the new CBS broadcasting studio, while the existing one right next to it is in full operation, and (2) the office development next to and on top of the new CBS studio, while ensuring full broadcasting capabilities and functionality of the shared MEP systems.
Based on Baumann’s peak cooling load study, the team was able to procure temporary cooling equipment with 37% less capacity than initially planned. This led to reduced costs to purchase and operate the equipment.
Baumann used energy modeling to conduct an envelope optimization study and evaluation of different HVAC system options during the schematic design and design development. As a result, the project achieved an energy reduction of approximately 32% compared to the ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 baseline.
Our commissioning team provided full scope commissioning from early design through occupancy. Functional performance verification of systems was performed for the new CBS studio and again after completion of the whole building and included:
- Detailed controls system review
- Integrated systems testing
- Pull the plug testing for CBS’s mission-critical operations
- Hybrid on-site and remote commissioning in response to COVID-19
- Trend data analysis for optimizing air handling equipment and mechanical plant operations