M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — October 22 - November 18, 2021 — 9C


O wners , D evelopers & M anagers

By Keith Nelson, NCARB, AIA, CDT, BCXP and Steve Shanks, CxA, BECxP Urbana Elementary School: 1 st BECx experience for Frederick County Public Schools a resounding success


impacting on the overall proj- ect delivery. In partnership with the owner and project

services provide documenta- tion essential in maintaining and servicing the enclosure assemblies and are the foun- dation of an ongoing mainte- nance routine for the life of the building. BECx services provide built-in protection of your capital investment as well as your most valuable asset: students and teachers. Based on the mutual success of this relationship, ECS is honored to have been selected to provide BECx services on the next three capital improve- ment projects for Frederick County Public Schools. MAREJ

rederick County Pub- l i c School s (FCPS) , located in one of the

team, BECx delivers pos- itive impacts on learning spaces f or s t u d e n t s : ultimately, driving stu- dent success. The build-

fastest grow- ing counties in the state of Maryland, recently part- nered wi th ECS to guide them through the commis- sioning pro-

Keith Nelson

Steve Shanks

ing envelope is the first and last line of defense between the exterior environment and interior spaces. In addition to safeguarding occupants, these

cess for building envelope (BECx) during the replace- ment of Urbana Elementary School. This was the school system’s first time collaborat - ing with a consultant for these services. The BECx team worked with the project team to dis- cuss prior performance is- sues and develop an Owner Project Requirement (OPR) and BECx plan that clearly defined performance metrics and outlined a process to meet or exceed these expectations in the final product. The plan included activities to verify design and construction con- formance with performance expectations through design review, submittal review, on-site performance mockup testing, on-site observations, field performance verification testing, and issue tracking/ resolution. Alongside the architect, the construction manager, and multiple prime trade partners, the BECx team helped the school to achieve LEED Silver Certification in August 2021. Working in concert with all project stakeholders from the very beginning through con- struction yielded the best re- sult by improving energy per- formance, reducing potential health impacts on students, minimizing risks and cost overrun during construction, and ensuring project sched- ule adherence. This strategy helped FCPS to achieve an additional 2 points in LEED v4.0 under Enhanced Commis- sioning - Building Enclosure Commissioning. When working on new proj- ects, the BECx team applies knowledge gained from previ- ous undertakings and imple- ments those lessons learned to create successful outcomes. The process is about under- standing and embracing the risk profile, schedule, budget, and needs of each client to provide on-target building envelope performance without

Urbana Elementary School

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