New York University

Center for Urban Science and Progress, Commissioning

Center for Urban Science and Progress, Commissioning - New York, NY


NYU is renovating an existing facility, built in 1951, to become the home of the applied science arm of CUSP, an academic initiative on cities. G/BA's New York regional office is commissioning building MEP systems for the site's conversion to a 560,000-square-foot research center, including lab, administrative, and meeting space.


The project consists of a gut renovation of a 14-story masonry building.

G/BA has conducted two design reviews of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems: one at the 50% design phase and one at the 100% construction documents phase. All the design issues have been tracked via G/BA’s online commissioning tool, CxAlloy. Issues found during design reviews include:

  • Missing differential pressure transmitter for secondary chilled water pumps.
  • The hydro-pneumatic tank shown at the Cellar Level is not connected to piping.
  • An over-current protective device is required on the primary tap to the 15kva transformer for panel MP214.

G/BA has also conducted submittal reviews for the MEP equipment to be installed, and the shop drawings submitted. Some of G/BA’s findings during conducted reviews include:

  • Factory-insulated barrels on both evaporator and condenser required per mechanical schedule note, dwg.M601.
  • Confirm control center will allow reset of chilled water setpoint based on water temperature rise across evaporator.
  • Verify that existing 4-inch elevator sump pump discharge piping will be replaced per drawing P-402.00