This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B November test for HVAC applications to replace an existing cooling tower at a pharmaceutical facility. The project delivery method is design-build (D-B) with a guaranteed turnkey cost. The D-B firm will assign a project manager with pharmaceutical and infection control (IC) background to the project. The D-B firm has in-house engineering, technicians, estimator staff to be involved in the design and cost estimate the initial design phase. The scope of work will be a basis of design to meeting the owner’s need to replace this antiquated unit with a 150-ton, modular blow-through cooling tower to serve the existing closed loop condenser water system.
Prior to the D-B team’s concept document submission, the facility manager and his O&M staff will want to contribute information to the D-B team’s writing of the contract specification/basis of design document and, more specifically, to the following activities: service contracts, parts inventory, and as-built drawings requirements. Reviewing the design phase documents, this O&M staff will want to be assured that equipment serviceability is adequate and safe (e.g., equipment located on the roof, Legionnaire’s concerns).