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Commissioning Services

Skyline College B12

The new environmental science building at Skyline College provides striking unobstructed views of the Pacifica Coastline. It is heated and cooled by a heat recovery chiller system, providing the ability to use the heat rejected in the cooling process to be used to heat  the building. The process is reducing the need for fossile fuel and achieves the best possible energy efficiency 

Cañada College

The new flagship building for Canada College opened in 2007. The new 70,000 sf facility is currently hosting the library, student services and some classrooms. The building was designed to maximize daylight but minimize the heat effect of the direct sunlight on the glazing. GRD Energy was hired during construction to commission all energy systems of new building and optimize the building systems several years later to adjust to the change in use over time.

College of San Mateo

GRD Energy has provided Cx, MBCx and other sustainability and energy consulting services for several buildings at the San Mateo campus in San Mateo, ranging from gymnasiums to teaching laboratories and a new Central Plant. The latest new construction building is the student union building in the heart of the campus.

Bently Reserve

A listed national historical building in the heart of the San Francisco financial district, the Bently Reserve has a lot of stories to tell. It was built as a federal bank and has since seen a number of uses. In 2006 the new owners decided to retrofit the existing infrastructure and upgrade most of the building systems such as HVAC, lighting, access control and the fire life safety systems. Energy efficiency and sustainability measures, including LEED certification, are part of the ongoing upgrade efforts. GRD|energy is assisting the design team and the owner to bring an integrated solution for some of these systems and to commission all critical core and shell systems. New tenants include the Smith Group, Energy Foundation and the San Francisco Bar Association.

Postal Distribution Center

In an ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption in federal facilities, the Postal Service hired a national ESCO firm to assist them in upgrading and retrofitting energy systems, including a 910 kW solar system, new energy management system and a number of mechanical and lighting upgrades. GRD|energy was engaged to make certain that the proposed ECM’s achieved their goals by commissioning some of the energy system involved. The projects resulting energy reductions are equivalent to the elimination of 7,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, about the same as could be converted by planting more than 2,000 acres of trees.

Data Center

The facility is located in Tucson Arizona and was hosting a third phase expansion of a datacenter. New 46 kV service was provided to power the third phase build out independent from the previous phase 1&2 projects. The phase 3 datacenter has about 22,000 sf of raised data floor and is designed as a Tier 2/3 facility

San José Environmental Innovation Center
Rinconada Library
Mitchell Park Community Center

The San José Environmental Innovation Center (EIC) is a first-of-its-kind “green enterprise” facility that houses services for residents and clean tech entrepreneurs – all working for a healthy environment and economy in our region. With the help of the federal New Markets Tax Credit, San José transformed a marginal property into a showcase of energy- and water-efficient practices. The Environmental Services Department is the building owner and tenant coordinator. The EIC and services offered by its tenants contribute to San José’s Green Vision goals. These goals include: diverting waste from landfills, creating clean tech jobs, retrofitting buildings to be green, and replacing streetlights with smart zero emission lights. Other benefits accrue from the services offered by the EIC’s three tenants.

The Rinconada Library was upgraded and additional community service spaces were added during the current renovation project. The project is tracking to receive LEED Gold certification. A ground source based heat pump system provides heating and cooling for all spaces. Radiant floors throughout the main library portion and radiant ceilings and active chilled beams in selected spaces, provide comfortable and quiet spaces with minimal energy consumption.

The Mitchell Park Community Center was designed to accommodate community functions and library services within a highly energy efficient and welcoming facility and with LEED Platinum, received the highest available LEED certification. The design team was using renewable energy such as photovoltaics and thermal solar hot water systems to reduce power and natural gas consumption. The building is already piped for reclaimed water to reduce the potable water use for industrial and landscape use. An innovative Night Sky cooling system provides pre-cooled water for the HVAC system, reducing the electric consumption for the chiller system. An extensive metering systems for consumption and production of utilities can be used to determine existing or future potential for additional reduction in consumption of utilities.

Chukchansi Gold Casino

Located in the central valley in Coarsegold CA, the casino was opened in 2003 and is undergoing a substantial expansion to accommodate the increased demand for lodging, gaming and entertaining. GRD||Energy is assisting the owner and the design and construction team to commission the energy systems ensuring that all of the owners guidelines will be met.

San Francisco
City College

Commissioning Authority for Mechanical/BMS retro-commissioning and assessment for most of the main campus’ buildings.

Buildings included Rosenberg Library, Batmale Hall, Visual Arts Center, Creative Arts Center, Arts Extension Building, Cloud Hall, Science Building and the Community Health and Wellness Center, including gyms and a Nanatorium.


Commissioning Authority for MEP/BMS commissioning of various new and existing campus buildings. Buildings commissioned had a variety of uses ranging from labs and clean rooms to offices to a day care center. Systems included traditional MEP/BMS, but also extended into Whole Building Commissioning (WBCx) including fume hoods, medical gases, air compressor/driers, vacuum systems, reverse osmosis, emergency power, sterilizers, P&ID walkdowns and asset tagging.

Building Technology

SFO is the second busiest airport in California with an annual passenger volume of 57 million in 2018.

As part of their Net Zero Strategy the EMCS project embarkes on a mission to consolidate four different BMS vendors and more than 2,500 power, gas, water and Btu meters into one single platform. The end goal is to provide better intelligence to the facility and engineering department about the use of utility resources within the airport. Part of the project also includes the updating of selected sequences of operations for the HVAC equipment at the terminal facilities with new ASHRAE guideline G36 based sequences of operation


The project started with the intent to provide the College district with a new platform for the BMS system and integrate the utility metering system. Both systems were no longer supported by their manufacturer and the client decided to upgrade to the SE SmartStruxure and PME for utility services. The project also included the addition of more comprehensive metering with power, gas, water and Btu meters for all 50+ buildings.

Butte College BMS

Butte College needed to upgrade their outdated proprietary BMS infrastructure to allow for an upgraded user interface and open the architecture to add new BACnet based IP controllers, while maintaining as much of the existing proprietary DDC infrastructure as practical.

We eventually suggested and provided RFP/Q and design documents allowing the owner to migrate their existing field controllers onto the new BACnet platform under the Niagara VYKON system and provide all testing and verification services to ensure the existing and the new controllers are operating the intended SOO’s.


Additional Representative Projects

Cherryland Fire Station | CxA – Government
Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library | CxA – Government
Google NOC | CxA – Mission Critical
Symantec Phase 3 | CxA – Mission Critical
Genentech Vacaville Seed Lab | CxA – Pharma
S.F. Central Subway | Controls – Specialty
Oakland Airport T I | Controls – Specialty
Priva Marketing Study | Study – Specialty
Palo Alto Main Library | CxA – Government
San Francisco Mark Hopkins | CxA – Hospitality
Google SOC | CxA – Mission Critical
Genentech Building 79 | CxA – Pharma
Casa Weisel
Building Systems |Residential
SFO Boiler Replacement Building Systems | Industrial
SFO Terminal A 
Building Systems | Industrial
Building Systems | Commercial
San Jose Innovation Center CxA | Government
SF Intercontinental Hotel |Building Technology
PG&E Generator Upgrade
CxA | Mission Critical
Genentech Sample Booth CxA
St. Regis |
Building Technology
Microgrid Project
Building Systems  |
Building Systems | 
Building Technology
1 Landmark Plaza
Building Systems |

Representative Projects

Previously Performed by our Associates

EPA Headquarters, DC | O&M Assessment – 2 million SF
EPA NAREL – AL | O&M Assessment – Government
Charles Schwab Data Center, AZ | CxA – Mission Critical
LA County Men’s Central Jail | RetroCx – 3 million SF
Anaheim City Hall West | CxA – Government
FDA Radiological, MD | Cx Testing/Documentation
Google HQ, CA | Cx, Software – High Tech
NASA, Goddard, MD | Cx Testing/Documentation
St. Francis Med. Cntr., VA | CxA – MEP, Smoke, Fire – Medical
Penn State Chiller Plant | CxA – Educational
St. Joseph Med. Cntr., MD | RetroCx – Medical
Washington State Data Center | Test Scripts – Mission Critical
Virginia Baptist Hospital | CxA, TAB – Medical
Va. Tech Engineering Building | CxA – Educational
Winthrop University, SC | RCx – Coliseum
North Tahoe MS/HS | CxA – Educational
World Wildlife Fund, DC | RetroCx, Testing
Richfield Communities, VA | RCx, Chiller Plant Upgrade
Smyth County Hospital, VA | RCx, BMS/Controls Upgrade
Liberty University, VA | BMS/Controls – Educational
Public Schools, VA | BMS/Controls in over 50 Schools
Intuit HQ, Mountain View CA | CxA, Software – High Tech
Apple, CA | CxA, Software – Mission Critical
Station Place 3, DC | Cx Testing, Documentation
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