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FSCJ Burnship Project Awarded LEED Gold:

Performance Engineering Group provided LEED energy analysis and modeling services for RS&H in support of submitting the FSCJ Burnship project for LEED Gold.

Article from Jacksonville.com "We're making the Fire Academy of the South the go-to training facility for firefighting in the United States," Florida State College President Steven Wallace said. "The projects we have in the pipeline will set the academy apart from any other facility in the country, and other fire departments will be beating down our door to train here."

Earlier this month, directors from the academy, which opened at the college's South Campus in 1990, unveiled a renovated 13,600 square-foot classroom and administration building for emergency medical services. Construction just started on a four-story burnable ship, with a "burn plane" coming next.

Wallace said the addition of the plane and ship to the academy's already robust slate of firefighting props - which include railroad cars and a building -will make the Jacksonville facility the national standard-bearer for emergency training.

"No one will have what we have," he said.

Professional Engineer in Responsible Charge of Commissioning:

The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) has just released its 3rd quarter publication "The Checklist"

This issue of "The Checklist" includes a commissioning article by David Venters, one of Performance Engineering Group's principals. Specifically, the article addresses the requirement for licensed professional engineers to be in responsible charge of commissioning projects that include tasks which meet the state statute definitions of engineering and professional service.

Click here for a website with information on finding and selecting commissioning firms.


State of Florida Continuing Services Contract for Northeast Florida:

The Performance Engineering Group team including Searcy and Associates and EW Dunn Developments has been selected for a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering continuing services contract with the State of Florida.

The State of Florida, Department of Management Services (DMS) continuing services contract is to provide Professional Services primarily in the Northeast Florida Region. These services may be used for projects anywhere in the State of Florida, however, firms selected during this process will be activated for projects in the Northeast part of the State. The Northeast Region is defined as all counties north of and including Levy, Marion and Volusia and east of Taylor and Madison Counties. A minimum of two (2) firms for the Northeast Florida Region may be selected under this Continuing Contract and will be responsible for assigned projects having estimated construction costs, planning or study fees not exceeding the threshold amounts of $2,000,000.00 (construction) and $200,000.00 (Planning or Study fees) respectively, provided for in Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. This contract will be for an initial period of two (2) years with an option to renew for an additional two-year period.


Westview School Awarded LEED Gold:

Westview K8 school is Duval County Public School's (DCPS) first facility designed to achieve LEED certification. The facility is two stories with a gross area of 154,000 ft². Classes will include students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Mechanical systems include primary-only variable-volume chilled water system serving variable volume air handling units. Outside air intake will be minimized using a demand control ventilation strategy with CO2 sensors and occupancy sensor interlocks.

Performance Engineering Group, on a team managed by Johnson Controls, has been tasked with the execution of LEED "Enhanced Commissioning" in support of LEED certification for the school. The scope of the commissioning has been modeled after ASHRAE guideline 0 and includes OPR review, design review, commissioning specification development, submittal review, prefunctional inspections, functional test writing, systems manuals, training verification and post-occupancy warranty follow-up.

In addition to commissioning, Performance Engineering Group developed the control system design template including sequence of operations, control diagrams, and points list. The sequence of operations scope was to ensure energy efficient operation of the HVAC systems.


Commissioning as a Professional Engineering Service:

Performance Engineering Group's own David Venters, with the help of Eric Coffin of Green Energy Engineering, Inc., went before the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) and successfully argued that the tasks comprising the commissioning process meet the definition of engineering and professional service as defined by Florida Statutes.  As such, the Board agreed that these tasks must be executed under the responsible charge of a licensed professional engineer.

Persons or firms performing commissioning without a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge are subject to prosecution per Florida statutes.  Florida now joins a growing list of state engineering boards that have correctly recognized commissioning tasks as engineering and professional services.


Brooks Health System Facility achieves LEED SILVER Certification:

With a total of 38 points, the Brooks Health System Facility successfully achieved LEED Silver certification. Performance Engineering Group provided commissioning services in support of the prerequisite commissioning for the Energy and Atmosphere section of LEED for New Construction (NC).

Brooks' new $14.8 million corporate headquarters will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building associated with a health system in Jacksonville. The building is part of Brooks' nearly $25 million campus update.

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Pentagon SOMM Navigation Template:

Performance Engineering Group has been selected by Hensel Phelps Construction Company to develop a web page based navigation system for the Pentagon Wedge 2-5 System Operation and Maintenance Manuals.  Internet application developers Station Four will assist in the development and coding. 

LEED Accredited Professionals:

Performance Engineering Group principal Chris O'Steen has passed the LEED examination and is now a LEED Accredited Professional.  To date, 50% of Performance Engineering Group's employees are LEED Accredited. 

USGBC North Florida AwardsFlorida Awards

Performance Engineering Group is proud to have provided commissioning services for the following two projects that have been recognized with awards by the USGBC North Florida. 

• Innovation in Waste Management - Stellar Commercial Building
• Innovation in New Construction - Duval County Public School New K-8 103rd Street

Click here for news story. http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=52351

Florida School for Deaf and Blind (FSDB) - LEED Commissioning

Performance Engineering Group has teamed with EW Dunn Developments to provide LEED enhanced commissioning services in support of the renovation of the Cary White Complex – Building #51 located on the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) campus in St. Augustine, FL. The facility is 80,330 square foot two story structure which consist of dormitory areas, classrooms, and administrative spaces to serve FSDB students and special needs. HVAC systems include variable air volume with energy recovery wheels.  This project will be the first LEED certified facility for FSDB. 

New Construction - LEED Commissioning

Performance Engineering Group has been selected by RS&H and W&O Supply to provide prerequisite commissioning services in support of LEED New Construction certification for 89,000 sqft combination warehouse and office building in Jacksonville, Florida. Commissioning data including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests are being developed using the custom software Cx Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

Professional Practices Committee

David Venters, PE, LEED AP, QCxP of Performance Engineering Group is now a member of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Professional Practices committee. This committee addresses and reviews engineering related Contractual/Legal Issues, Ethics, Inter Professional, and Legislative/Regulatory Issues

Engineering Organization Memberships

Performance Engineering Group is proud to be a new member of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).  Principal David Venters, PE, LEED AP, QCxP has also joined the Florida Engineering Society (FES).  These organizations represent engineers' interests while promoting and defending the Consultant’s Competitive Negation Act (CCNA).

All engineering firms are encouraged to join these worthwhile organizations.  Applications and information can be found at the following websites:

FICE - > http://www.fleng.org/FICE/ficejoin.cfm
FES - > http://www.fleng.org/membership.cfm
ACEC - > http://www.acec.org/

USGBC LEED NC Project Receives Silver Certification

The Stellar Group Sylvanside Office Building has achieved USGBC LEED for New Construction Silver Certification. Performance Engineering Group teamed with SMI Group to provide LEED commissioning services for the project. The Sylvanside Building is multistory 25,000 sqft office building utilizing a variable air volume rooftop unit. Construction costs were approximately $5 million. Commissioning data, including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests, were developed using the custom software Commissioning Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

Commissioning Jacksonville's Largest Construction Project:

The Jacksonville Business Journal has listed Duval County Public School's AAA Highschool as the largest construction project in Jacksonville by dollar value (read article). Performance Engineering Group, in support of Johnson Controls, has been providing commissioning services since design development phase and will continue through turnover and warranty period.

Commissioning services include:
  • Owner's project requirements (OPR) development
  • Design phase peer review
  • Commissioning specification and plan development
  • Detailed submittal review
  • Field inspections
  • Prefunctional checksheet development
  • Functional/ performance testing
  • Systems manual development
  • Training review and coordination
  • Warrany phase follow-up
Project Data: Location: Off Gate Parkway, Jacksonville
Dollar Value: $76.5 Million
Details: This 264,000 sqft high school will open in fall 2010 with 80 classrooms and technology academny for more than 2,000 students.

Tallahassee Expansion:

Performance Engineering Group has expanded to include full time personnel in Tallahassee, Florida. Currently, personnel will be involved with ongoing LEED commissioning services for the state of Florida and the Department of Management Services. Performance Engineering Group looks forward to providing quality commissioning services to clients in the Tallahassee area.

For more information please contact Aaron Fancher, LEED AP at (850) 524-6721.

Engineering Continuing Services Contract:

Performance Engineering Group has been awarded another continuing services contract with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind located in St. Augustine, FL.   Engineering services will include mechanical, electrical and plumbing.  The Performance Engineering Group team includes John Searcy and Associates.

Business of Green Summit:

Performance Engineering Group's own David Venters, PE, QCxP, LEED AP will be participating in a panel discussion on the "Economics of Green Commercial Real Estate Development." David will answer questions and lead discussions related to commissioning, engineering and design for green commercial development. Performance Engineering Group is proud to be involved with this important and worthwhile event.

For full details of the event and other green information please follow this link: Jacksonville BizJournal Events

New Engineer:

Performance Engineering Group is pleased to welcome our new engineer Ben Roseborough. Ben is a licensed professional engineer with experience in HVAC design for Healthcare facilities. Ben has earned LEED accredidation through USGBC as well as Commissioning certification through ACG.

LEED Project Groundbreaking - CCOC:

State and local officials broke ground on a $110 million office complex for the Department of Revenue at the Capital Circle Office Center in Tallahassee   Performance Engineering Group is providing commissioning services in support of the prerequisite and enhanced commissioning point for the Energy and Atmosphere section of LEED for New Construction (NC).

"DOR Executive Director Lisa Echeverri said the state will save $900,000 a year in rent and another $500,000 in energy costs.
Design features, including roof-top solar panels and subterranean air conditioning ducts, will save energy and even allow state employees to adjust temperatures at individual work stations, according to the architects.
"In the end, the people who benefit are the people of the great state of Florida," said Department of Management Services Secretary Linda South.

New Engineer:

Performance Engineering Group is pleased to welcome our new engineer Brian Detz. Brian is a graduate engineer with over 20 years of HVAC related engineering experience. Brian will bring expertise in HVAC equipment as well as system design through his previous employment with Carrier, York and Armstrong Pumps.

Professional Engineering Licenses Expanded:

Performance Engineering Group is now a licensed professional engineering firm in Louisiana. See our About Us webpage for more details.

LEED Project Groundbreaking:

Brooks Health Systems broke ground on their first LEED project   Performance Engineering Group is providing commissioning services in support of the prerequisite commissioning for the Energy and Atmosphere section of LEED for New Construction (NC).

"Brooks Health System broke ground Thursday on the first designated green health care building in Jacksonville.

Brooks' new $14.8 million corporate headquarters will be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building associated with a health system in Jacksonville. The building is expected to be completed by July 2009.

The building is part of Brooks' nearly $25 million campus update.
Gresham, Smith and Partners is charged with the design of the green building."
(Click here for complete article.)

We've Moved:

Performance Engineering Group has outgrown our previous leased space and moved to our own newly constructed office building. The new address is:

Performance Engineering Group, Inc.
9050 Cypress Green Dr. Suite 201
Jacksonville, FL 32256

For a map click here.
(904) 737-8088 :Phone
(904) 737-0558 :Fax

Core and Shell - LEED Enhanced Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has been selected to provide LEED enhanced commissioning services in support of LEED Core and Shell certification for a five story, 165,000 sqft class A office building in Jacksonville, Florida. Mechanical systems are comprised of variable volume packaged roof top units with CO2 based demand controlled ventilation. Commissioning data including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests are being developed using the custom software Commissioning Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

New Construction - LEED Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has been selected by Gresham, Smith and Partners to provide prerequisite commissioning services in support of LEED New Construction certification for a four story, 47,000 sqft administration building in Jacksonville, Florida. Commissioning data including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests are being developed using the custom software Commissioning Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

Professional Engineering Licenses Expanded:

Performance Engineering Group now has engineers licensed in the following states: Louisiana and Tennessee. These states are in addition to the existing licenses in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Kentucky. See our About Us webpage for more details.

Core and Shell - LEED Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has been selected by NewCom Development, LLC to provide prerequisite commissioning services in support of LEED Core and Shell certification for the Greenland Chase project in Jacksonville, Florida. Commissioning data including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests are being developed using the custom software Commissioning Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

New High School Commissioning:

The Johnson Controls team, which includes Performance Engineering Group, has been awarded the commissioning of a new high school for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

New Construction - LEED Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has teamed with SMI Group to provide prerequisite commissioning services in support of LEED certification for a new 30,000 ft² facility in Jacksonville, FL. The Sylvanside Building is multistory office building utilizing a variable air volume rooftop unit. Commissioning data including prefunctional checksheets and functional tests are being developed using the custom software Commissioning Toolkit developed by Performance Engineering Group.

Continuing Services Contract - LEED Commissioning:

The Dickens and Associates, Inc. team, which includes Performance Engineering Group, has been awarded a continuing services contract with Volusia County. Performance Engineering Group will provide mechanical engineering design and commissioning services as well as LEED support for facility certification.

Commissioning Toolkit:

Performance Engineering Group has developed and launched the first phase of the comprehensive web-based commissioning toolkit. http://www.cxtoolkit.com.  The first phase provides online reporting for tracking commissioning data including:

  • Equipment/ Systems
  • Owner Project Requirements
  • Issues
  • Specifications
  • Drawings
  • Specification Tests
  • Pre-functional Checklists
  • Functional Tests
  • Certifications
  • Training
Additional reporting modules are being developed and will be released as they are completed. The Cx Toolkit is available exclusively for clients of Performance Engineering Group. 

Central Energy Plant Boiler Replacement:

As part of our engineering continuing services contract with Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB), Performance Engineering Group will engineering the replacement of existing steam boilers which use heat exhangers to serve heating hot water to the entire campus. The new boilers will be more efficient and sized to better match the campus load profile. Operational life-cyle savings will also found in the removal of a water softening system which serves the existing steam boilers. The project team includes electrical engineering support from John Searcy and Associates.

Professional Engineering Licenses Expanded:

Performance Engineering Group now has engineers licensed in the following states: Alabama, South Carolina and Kentucky. These states are in addition to the existing licenses in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Maryland, Mississippi. See our About Us webpage for more details.

Engineering Continuing Services Contract:

Performance Engineering Group has been awarded an continuing services contract with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind located in St. Augustine, FL.   Engineering services will include mechanical, electrical and plumbing.  The Performance Engineering Group team includes John Searcy and Associates.

LEED Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has been awarded the LEED commissioning scope for Phase Three of Capital Circle Office Center in Tallahassee, Florida.  Phase III consists of 3 multistory office buildings with a total area of 500,000 ft².  The HVAC system will tie into the existing central chilled energy plant.  The AHU distribution will be uunderfloor air distribution with desiccant units providing the conditioning of makeup/ ventilation air.  The use of desiccant AHU's will also capture energy that normally would have been lost in the exhaust air.  The Performance Engineering Group commissioning team includes John Searcy and Associates, EW Dunn Developments, and SMI Group.

LEED Accredited Professionals:

Staff engineers Eli Baumgardner and Aaron Fancher have passed the LEED examination and are now LEED Accredited Professionals.  To date, 33% of Performance Engineering Group's employees are LEED Accredited. 

New School Commissioning:

The Johnson Controls team, which includes Performance Engineering Group, has been awarded the commissioning of a new K-8 school for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).  DCPS is considering LEED certification for this project.

Commissioning Presentation:

Performance Engineering Group principal, David Venters, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, delivered a presentation titled "What, Why and How of Commissioning" for the Florida Association of School Business Officials at the University of Central Florida campus. Click here for links. 

Construction Phase Commissioning:

Following successful completion of the design phase commissioning, Performance Engineering Group has been awarded the construction phase commissioning scope for the Eastern Processing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This facility will be used to process rockets and payload prior to launch.

Performance Assurance Continuing Services Contract:

The Johnson Controls team, which includes Performance Engineering Group, has been awarded a continuing services contract with Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida. Services include commissioning of new facilities and retro-commissioning of existing schools.

Facility LEED-EB Registration:

Performance Engineering Group has registered two JEA facilities for LEED-EB.  These projects are the second projects in the state of Florida and the first in Jacksonville to be registered for LEED-EB.  The projects are targeting LEED Silver and will be commissioned by Performance Engineering Group.

LEED Accredited Professional:

Performance Engineering Group principal, David Venters, PE, QCxP, has passed the LEED examination and is now a LEED Accredited Professional.

Qualified Commissioning Provider:

Performance Engineering Group principal, David Venters, PE, has passed the examination for Qualified Commissioning Provider (QCxP). The course and exam was a jointly sponsored by the Building Commissioning Association and University of Wisconsin.

Design Phase Commissioning:

Performance Engineering Group has been awarded the design phase commissioning scope for the Eastern Processing Facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This facility will be used to process rockets and payload prior to launch.

Mechanical Engineering Continuing Services Contract:

Performance Engineering Group has been awarded a continuing services contract with JEA in Jacksonville, Florida. The contract includes three years with two one-year options. Services include district chilled water support as well as mechanical engineering design.
 
 
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