Boston University CILSE

Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering
Boston, MA

The Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE) is a nine-story, 170,000-SF state-of-the-art facility in which life scientists, engineers and physicians from two campuses collaborate to advance their fields. The building includes neuroscience research, systems/synthetic biology research, a satellite vivarium and a cognitive neuroimaging center. With its own heating and cooling system, all critical components were designed around a N+1 strategy.

Cornerstone was hired as the MEP commissioning agent for this project that saw such challenges as a condensed commissioning schedule, multiple interface issues between the mechanical equipment and the Building Maintenance System (BMS), and operational issues with the chiller heat recovery system.

Cornerstone worked with the Project Team so that commissioning could take place in an organized and comprehensive manner, testing areas and systems as soon as they became available in order to meet the schedule deadlines. To address the BMS issues, Cornerstone met with vendors and facilitated solutions and paths forward for both the vendor and the BMS contractor. Cornerstone also worked with the owner to remediate issues with the chiller heat recovery system so that everything was operating smoothly by the time the building was turned over.