Envelope investigation included thermography, extensive functional testing, and a building envelope skin investigation to evaluate installation techniques. Paladin’s investigations revealed that incomplete installation of details on the metal-panel cladding would require reskinning.
Our mechanical systems investigations included operating conditions documentation and the functional testing of utility services and air distribution. Paladin identified the need for revised sequences of operations, the reclamation of 40,000 cfm in unidentified exhaust, CAV/VAV retrofits, and central plant chiller replacement.
The work Paladin completes at the lab involves multiple phases intended to establish clear causality of system issues prior to implementing a commissioning or engineering solution. This is particularly important to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in order to preserve capital budgets and ensure that funds are applied to the highest and best use.
To keep the improvements in place, each of Paladin’s projects has involved extensive owner training and legacy documentation. Owner training modules are customized describing how to run the building in multiple scenarios. Legacy documents are specific to the building and include items like room-by-room air flows, record sequences of operations, and continuously updated current facility requirements.