This month’s Facility File will focus on an industrial facility capital project to furnish and install an emergency generator within its own generator room. The project delivery method is design-build (D-B) with a guaranteed turnkey cost. The D-B firm will assign a project manager with emergency generator background for this project. The D-B firm has in-house engineering, technicians, and estimator staff to be involved in the design and cost estimate of the initial “design” phase. The scope of work will be a basis of design to meeting the owner’s need to design-build a new generator room to house the owner’s pre-purchased 500 kW generator to be used for backup emergency electrical power, as well as to be used for electrical peak demand periods.
Prior to the D-B team’s concept document submission, the facility manager and her 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, 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.