Columbia University Medical Center, Irving Cancer Research Center

New York, NY

Columbia University Medical Center, Irving Cancer Research Center, exterior


GBA 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.

Renovation Commissioning

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, GBA 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, GBA 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 GBA’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.

View More Projects

Interested in learning more about how GBA can assist with your facility objectives? Our portfolio is a great place to start. 

Skyscraper board room

430 N. Michigan (Realtor Building)

A large-scale vertical expansion called on GBA's analytical, design, and commissioning skills.

Hallway with rehab equipment

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Pediatric & DayRehab Center

This outpatient center serves children and adults; GBA provided engineering design services for the adaptive reuse project.

Exterior of Todd Building, University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building

An ASHRAE Level 1 audit,  retro-commissioning, and a lab ventilation assessment improved sustainability.