FDA Research Center White Oak ESPC

Client: Honeywell Building Solutions
Completion Date: 2013
Location: Silver Spring, Md.


Burns & McDonnell provided third-party, independent retro-commissioning services for the previously completed $70 million central utility plant expansion at the General Services Administration-owned Food & Drug Administration Research Center White Oak.

Honeywell implemented Phase II of an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) per the Department of Energy energy efficiency program, which consisted of a major expansion to the existing central utilities plant serving the Food and Drug Administration campus. Major equipment installed under this 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 all auxiliary equipment required to support the expansion. The expansion also included the addition of a balance-of-plant control system for system integration and automatic control.

To confirm operational performance for the ESPC, Burns & McDonnell performed a comprehensive retro-commissioning of the newly installed equipment. Scope included these systems:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Emergency power
  • BAS


  • Retro-commissioning
  • Warranty and operation-phase commissioning
  • Commissioning plan
  • Equipment checklists
  • Vendor review and documentation coordination
  • OPR and BOD review
  • Corrective issues log
  • Commissioning meeting leadership
  • Pre-functional startup tests
  • Functional performance tests
  • Functional test witnessing
  • Test and balance verification
  • Operation and maintenance manuals
  • As-built review
  • Commissioning report