- FDA Research Center White Oak
Since 2011, Burns & McDonnell worked with Honeywell to support its energy savings program for the General Services Administration (GSA) White Oak campus for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) main research center. For the existing central utility plant (CUP), Burns & McDonnell coordinated and performed a comprehensive retro-commissioning of the mechanical, electrical, emergency power, plant DDC, SCADA and auxiliary systems associated with the expansion. Major equipment installed as part of the expansion included four 4.5-MW natural gas combustion turbine generators with heat recovery boilers, one 2,000-ton absorption chiller, three 2,000-ton electric centrifugal chillers and a new balance-of-plant control system for integration and automatic control. After reviewing the as-constructed drawings, vendor data and installed systems, comprehensive pre-functional checklists (PCs) and functional performance tests (FPTs) were developed and executed to confirm that the installation performed in accordance with the owner's project requirements. Final deliverables included a full commissioning record with completed PCs, FPTs and issue tracking log as well as a systems manual with operation and maintenance information, as-built record drawings and sequences of operation.
As a follow-on assignment, Burns & McDonnell provided technical design reviews, project total installed cost estimating and enhanced commissioning services for the next phase of the CUP expansion by Honeywell. Within the design reviews, our in-house team verified the design met the project requirements and provided recommendations when required. This new N+1, 25-MW plant consists of three combustion turbine generators with two high pressure and one medium pressure heat recovery steam generator, one 5-MW steam turbine generator, three 2,500-ton electrical chillers, a 2 million-gallon thermal energy storage system, one 25-KPPH auxiliary steam boiler, two 2.25-MW emergency diesel generators and all auxiliary equipment required to support the combined heat and power (CHP) operation. A balance-of-plant control system integrates the subsystems controls into a main supervisory control and monitoring system. The new plant is designed to be fully integrated with the existing CHP plant.
Most recently, Burns & McDonnell provided design reviews and commissioning for the installation of a separate diesel generation distribution system for the FDA main campus. In order to enhance the reliability of the campus electrical system, the FDA contracted Honeywell to install a diesel generator system to provide immediate power to the critical systems throughout the campus in case of a power outage. This new system included five 2.5-MW diesel generators on a common paralleling bus serving eight 15-kV automatic transfer switches at the supported buildings. Since this system supported loads that were on the existing load management system, the installation also necessitated modifications to the load management system. Burns & McDonnell's services included complete commissioning of this generator system: submittal and design reviews, PCs, and FPTs of all components of the system, including re-commissioning of the affected existing load management systems.
- Technical design reviews
- Enhanced commissioning
- Project estimating
- Construction technical support