Paladino has worked for more than 20 years to establish its reputation as a global leader in sustainability and green building. What fewer people know is that we have also developed a strong and highly capable commissioning team, staffed by some of the brightest building systems experts in the business.
For the past ten years, Paladino has successfully acted as commissioning authority for hundreds of projects across a range of diverse building types, including university buildings, multifamily residential, retail, museum, commercial office, federal and defense buildings. Our hard working team has acted as the commissioning authority for more than 500 projects pursuing commissioning as part of a green building certification effort.
The commissioning process is a critical component of delivering a successful green building: it ensures the building and its systems are constructed, installed and operated to meet both the performance requirements of the owner and any third party certification requirements.
And since Commissioning services are provided on-site, our Cx team is often the face of Paladino for our clients’ facilities and property management teams.
Until you have the chance to meet them in person, here is a roundup of our Cx experts!
Darren Bruce PE, LEED AP BD + C
Division Leader, Commissioning
Darren leads Paladino’s commissioning program through the performance of all commissioning tasks required to achieve various green building certifications. He is responsible for planning, creating and implementing commissioning and retro-commissioning programs, resource optimization, monitoring and verification and certification strategies for building portfolios.
With a mechanical engineering background and expertise in building automation systems, Darren provides general engineering services in support of his clients’ high performance building projects. This support includes technical assessment and validation of energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality and building automation strategies and systems; design review for mechanical engineering related requirements for LEED certification of new construction projects; and ASHRAE Level I and II audits for existing buildings.
“Commissioning is not a single task that is inserted into the contractor’s project schedule; it is an ongoing process that starts in the design phase and continues through the life of the building – Our goal is to provide a building that continuously and efficiently meets the needs of its occupants.”
Commissioning Project Engineer
Brian provides commissioning services for clients around the world. Having worked on both the commissioning and owner’s side, he has a unique goal-oriented perspective that allows him to communicate well with owners and contractors to achieve the highest building performance results possible.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science, Applied Science and Technology degree from Thomas Edison State College, where he majored in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology. Brian served with the US Navy for more than eight years serving aboard a nuclear submarine and is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve.
“We’re all on the same team. The general contractor, the subs, the owner. We all want to build the best building we can. I’m here to help you do that.”
Michelle Christopher, LEED Green Associate
Building Performance Project Manager
As a mechanical engineer and energy modeler, Michelle specializes in optimizing building performance. Through energy analysis and feasibility studies, she helps influence project designs in order to enhance energy savings. Michelle also uses building energy simulations to estimate energy consumption over time to verify code compliance and determine required utility resources for a building or campuses.
In addition to energy modeling, Michelle has experience with providing commissioning services and energy audits. Through the evaluation of building systems and operations, Michelle is able to recommend and evaluate energy conservation measures to reduce reliance on utilities and ultimately reduce total energy costs.
“Data can reveal fascinating insights into a building and its users. There are a lot of ways to solve a problem, and modeling solutions in advance is a great tool to help us achieve that!”
Brian Walker, EIT, LEED AP BD + C, CPMP
Brian strives to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction while optimizing building performance through innovative solutions.
With a mechanical engineering background, Brian provides general engineering services in support of his clients’ high performance building projects. This support includes technical assessment and validation of energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality and building automation strategies and systems; design review for mechanical engineering related requirements for LEED certification of new construction projects; and ASHRAE Level I and II audits for existing buildings. Brian also supports Paladino’s commissioning work through the performance of fundamental and enhanced commissioning tasks.
Prior to joining Paladino, Brian was a project manager at Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., a company ranked by the Washington Business Journal in 2012 as the region’s no. one mechanical contractor by revenue. There, he served as project manager of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project (also known as the “Silver Line”), and played a key role in the Northern VA Forensic Laboratory.
“Commissioning is where the design meets the operations. Good commissioning supports future operators, the owners, and the tenants because it verifies that everything is in working order and can operate as planned.”
Paladino takes a holistic approach to commissioning, acting as the owner’s representative for quality assurance throughout design and construction to ensure end goals are met. The process includes conducting drawing reviews during the design phase to ensure design solutions will meet the owner’s sustainability objectives; performing functional tests to ensure equipment is installed correctly during construction; providing training to the owners and operators on properly using the systems, and evaluating building operations after turnover to identify any final issues.
You want your buildings to perform as intended, and this team makes that happen!