System Testing and Commissioning

Los Angeles Unified School District, Headquarters Tower, Downtown LA, CA


The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) headquarters implemented improvements to support its massive mission critical data center, and entire system required commissioning.

As the project’s Commissioning Agent (Cx), MEP uncovered numerous discrepancies, equipment malfunctions, calibration issues, and programming glitches. Within five days, MEP was able to resolve the issues in collaboration with all contractors and the building engineering staff.

Facility Description

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Headquarters’ building, also known as the Beaudry Building, is located in downtown Los Angeles, California. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the nation and enrolls more than 650,000 students in over 1,000 schools.

The rectangular tower is 29 stories high and accommodates over 3,400 employees in its 928,000 square feet of office space. The building was estimated at $154 million at the time of the project.

Project Origin and Goals

LAUSD purchased the building in 2001 and performed a series of capital improvements particularly to support the mission critical datacenter environment. The project consisted of new chillers, standby generators, associated pumps and VFD’s, chilled water and condenser water automation valves, HVAC equipment and a new building energy management and automation system.

The installation of the HVAC and BMS equipment was completed in 2006 and required to be commissioned.


MEP Engineering’s principal, Mr. German Chaikin, P.E., was assigned to be the commissioning agent (Cx) for the project. As the Cx of the project, Mr. Chaikin produced the commissioning matrix, schedule and human resource protocol to be utilized during the live equipment performance exercise. A mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer were members of Mr. Chaikin’s team during the equipment performance exercise.

The commissioning effort took five days to complete and was supported by the controls contractor, mechanical contractor, building engineering staff, mechanical engineer of record and Mr. Chaikin’s team. Numerous discrepancies, equipment malfunctions, calibration issues and programming glitches were identified during commissioning.

The collaboration of all parties involved eased the commissioning process and all of the issues were rectified to the satisfaction of Mr. Chaikin. The project was delivered to LAUSD on the targeted scheduled date.