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CFS Recommissioning Project at IUPUI


Campus Facility Services is made up of a very diverse group of people doing diverse tasks across campus every day. Some people you see everyday going about their daily routines of cleaning restrooms, moving snow from the sidewalks, parking cars or repairing toilets. But there is one group of people that you may never see. They are the CFS engineering staff.

The CFS engineering staff is constantly working to improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (hvac) systems on campus. Recently, CFS completed a "recommissioning" project in Inlow Hall. Recommissioning entails reviewing all pieces and parts of hvac mechanical equipment, such as fans, coils, valves, pumps, damper controls, etc., to ensure they are operating as designed and seeking ways to improve the systems to gain efficiencies in operation.

Ken McKnight, Assistant Director for Engineering and Construction Management, reported that CFS has a goal of recommissioning all buildings on campus. "We plan to address the buildings that use the most energy first, such as Cancer Research Institute, Medical Research & Library, Van Nuys Medical Science building, Dental School, Gatch Clinical and University Library. These projects are detailed and require an amazing amount of time, but the payoff for the campus is substantial."