Columbia University Medical Center

Irving Cancer Research Center, Renovation Commissioning

Irving Cancer Research Center, Renovation Commissioning - New York, NY


G/BA provided commissioning services to the newly constructed 2,200-square-foot animal imaging facility in the Irving Cancer Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center.


The Irving Cancer Research Center is a 300,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2005, as part of Columbia University Medical Center. The gut renovation project in an existing research building created a new MRI suite for animal imaging, which was completed in early 2015.

  • As part of its commissioning work, G/BA conducted two design reviews: one at the 50% design phase and one at the 100% construction phase. The reviews documented issues such as ferrous materials inside the MRI suite, reversed transitioning for the cryogen vent, and inconsistencies between plan designations for VAV reheat coils.
  • With construction under way, G/BA performed several site visits and noted issues found through our online commissioning tracking tool, CxAlloy, which allowed issues to be documented and distributed to the team within 24 hours of each visit. This technology allowed items found to be addressed quickly in this fast-paced project.
  • Issues identified through G/BA’s field inspections included pinholes along stainless steel fume hood exhaust ductwork, missing branch installations, VAVs uncapped/sealed and exposed to site debris, and reheat coils not installed.