Chinook serves facilities in any industry or Critical Infrastructure sector. The projects we support all have one thing in common: A need to get it right the first time.
Chinook helps our Government clients optimize ongoing facility operations and secure building and access control systems to support their mission critical functions.
Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, The Pentagon – Arlington, VA
Chinook has provided an array of life-cycle facilities engineering services to the DoD’s Washington Headquarters Services for over 20 years. During this time, Chinook’s scope has included comprehensive commissioning, retro-commissioning, and re-commissioning services for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems. Chinook also pioneered the Pentagon’s Ongoing Commissioning (OCx) program and manages comprehensive operations and maintenance, and energy management initiatives. Chinook has executed approximately 40 concurrent projects at any given time, across three primary locations encompassing over 10M SF of space under constant renovation. WHS has since licensed and implemented Chinook’s Quicx project delivery platform for more than 300 internal users who manage over 240 projects and 100,000 documents.
NOAA Satellite Operations Facility – Suitland, MD
The home for NOAA's around-the-clock, environmental satellite operations, which provides data critical for weather and climate prediction. Each day, NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) processes more than 16 billion bytes of environmental satellite data from NOAA's geostationary and polar-orbiting spacecraft, and the Department of Defense's Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP). The NOAA National Weather Service uses these data for constant tracking of severe weather, and as inputs into models for medium to long range forecasts for weather and tracking climate change.
General Services Administration, Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse – Detroit, MI
The 700,000 SF Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, a 10-story complex occupying an entire city block, was originally built in 1934 and houses several critical federal judicial tenants. The facility recently completed a multi-phased renovation of critical building infrastructure systems and historic elements to ensure the courthouse remained a viable federal property and serves the needs of the judiciary in fulfilling its mission. Chinook served as the third-party independent commissioning agent for LEED Enhanced scope to verify and document compliance with the GSA’s performance objectives throughout design, construction, start-up, and initial operations.
U.S. Coast Guard, Base Portsmouth – Portsmouth, VA
The U.S. Coast Guard Base Portsmouth turned to Chinook perform comprehensive retro-commissioning and a Building Automation System assessment to identify and address vulnerabilities and deficiencies in six buildings, including educational/training, housing, industrial, and equipment storage facilities. The scope included evaluating and analyzing the buildings' BAS network and equipment; performing strategic testing of HVAC systems, equipment, and terminal devices; and reporting the findings, and recommending solutions to optimize performance and create cost savings.
Patient safety and HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), a standardized methodology for measuring patients’ perspectives on hospital care, are of the highest priority for Health Systems throughout the country. This includes items such as communications, quietness and cleanliness; all of which drive the day to day management of hospital facilities.
Chinook helps our healthcare clients manage their facilities and portfolios from implementing best practices, to lean construction, to capital planning, condition assessments, and lifecycle cost analysis. Through our retro commissioning program, we take advantage of local utility incentives available across the country to help reduce the cost of implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs). Many hospitals with aging central plants are also prime candidates for combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Typical paybacks on our turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) projects are less than 3 years.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Bethesda, MD
To provide the highest medical care for our uniformed service members, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) has undergone an extensive new construction and renovation program. The integration of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the former National Naval Medical Center, forms the largest Department of Defense health care organization. The facility attained a LEED Silver rating when completed in 2011. Chinook served as NAVFAC's commissioning representative for the project. In this role we oversaw the complete commissioning program in support of BRAC construction contracts at WRNMMC.
George Washington University Hospital – Washington, DC
The George Washington University Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center and consists of acute care services, 371 beds, and 17 operating rooms. Chinook’s ongoing relationship with the hospital includes multiple purchase orders for comprehensive energy management, retro-commissioning, power studies, owner’s representation for design-build projects, Computerized Maintenance Management System assessments, and cybersecurity risk assessments to improve operations and system efficiency. Through our work, we achieved extensive annual energy and cost savings, and we worked with DC Sustainable Energy Utility to take advantage of rebates provided for energy reductions.
Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital (BDAACH) – U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys, South Korea
Completed in 2018, the 772,000 SF BDAACH provides the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys community with a range of medical services, including primary care, internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory, and imaging. Following construction, Chinook led a comprehensive retro-commissioning effort of HVAC and controls components to improve energy efficiency and utility monitoring and controls capabilities prior to Day One of patient operations. Chinook then developed recommendations to repair those systems to become complete and fully operational.
U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Health Clinic – Annapolis, MD
Chinook has performed commissioning services for multiple projects on the U.S. Naval Academy’s campus, including the recently completed, 101,500 SF Replacement Health Clinic. The new facility provides primary care, orthopedic, physical therapy, dental, vision, and mental health services to the campus, as well as ancillary support and administrative space. Chinook performed LEED Enhanced commissioning through a systematic, safety, and quality-focused process, which began in the design phase and continued through the construction and warranty phases. Commissioned systems included HVAC, mechanical, electrical, direct digital controls, fire alarm and life safety, electronic security, building envelope, public address, nurse call, and voice and data transmission systems.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies (CMOP) – Nationwide
The Department of Veterans Affairs operates ten CMOP locations throughout the country, which serve a critical role in processing, dispensing, and delivering prescriptions to our nations veterans through a state-of-the-art electro-mechanical process centrally controlled via computer interface. Since 2014, Chinook has performed multiple electrical system studies at the CMOP locations to determine the level of arc flash and electrocution hazards in an effort to protect facility personnel working on live electrical circuits. Following each study, Chinook recommended site-specific improvements to system operations, efficiencies, and compliance. Our team also developed and delivered safety training programs to facility personnel.
Department of Veterans Affairs & Winston-Salem Healthcare Development, Kernersville VA Clinic – Kernersville, NC
Chinook is providing technical consulting services to investigate mechanical system deficiencies and issues at this outpatient facility. Our team of engineers investigates existing conditions to confirm known issues, uncover previously unknown issues, and identify potential future issues. Chinook develops and recommends strategies to resolve these issues and prevent their recurrence, working with facility staff to modify and repair domestic water, critical space, and HVAC airflow systems and equipment. Future projects will include design engineering, commissioning, and retro-Commissioning.
Chinook has specialized commissioning experience supporting the construction and renovation of complex research laboratories with complex building systems and sensitive equipment with strict performance requirements.
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense – Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
The USAMRICD Replacement Facility is, the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) primary laboratory for medical chemical defense research. This 526,255 SF facility houses approximately 300 employees and includes a mix of chemistry laboratories, command headquarters space, offices, and training facilities. Chinook oversaw the commissioning of all electrical systems, supported the commissioning of mechanical systems, and provided commissioning software implementation and licensing.
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease – Fort Detrick, MD
Following our success on the USAMRICD project, Chinook joined the team to commission the new 950,000 SF USAMRIID. The facility the DoD's lead laboratory for medical infectious diseases research and includes laboratories, veterinary medicine offices, clinics, and office space. Chinook provided electrical Cx services, software licensing and support, document management, and several other project management services. The Owner retained a licensed copy of the Quicx application and received a complete database record of Cx data and electronic documentation.
Naval Research Laboratory, Building 101 – Washington, DC
Home to the Naval Research Laboratory’s Plasma Physics Division, Building 101 houses sensitive laser, optical, and associated equipment which requires process cooling provided by the chilled water supply from the central cooling plant. Chinook served as Commissioning Agent for the complete renovation and upgrade of the building’s HVAC and Building Automation System systems to improve environmental control to maintain space conditions to support the research spaces. All work was performed all work in accordance with ASHRAE and LEED requirements, the Owner's project requirements, the design intent, and industry best practices.
For commercial building owners, sustainability, including energy and water efficiency are key elements to their business strategy. Many commercial owners have increased their commitment to sustainable practices to make them more competitive. This includes investment in LEED certification and ENERGY STAR certified properties.
Chinook specializes in whole building LEED enhanced commissioning, including building envelope, and has successfully commissioned over 50 LEED facilities throughout the country. We implement sub-metering, conduct power studies, perform HVAC systems optimizations, facilitate controls and IT infrastructure upgrades, and implement energy management and computerized maintenance management programs.
Stonegate II – Chantilly, VA
Completed in 2020, this 770,000 SF commercial office building serves as the new headquarters for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Under two separate contracts, Chinook oversaw the commissioning process for both base building construction and the fit-out of the FCC’s office space, including complex mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Chinook’s commissioning process ensured all systems operated as intended on Day One, allowing FCC to seamlessly transition operations to the new facility with no interruption to its important function.
Education & Arts
Museums, galleries, and performing arts open minds, and foster creativity and innovation. New technologies and scientific progress improve quality of life, security, and economic growth of the country. A highly educated and skilled workforce has become critical with the rise of the digital age and rapid developments in technology, manufacturing, and the energy sector. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a key factor in future economic competitiveness and receives public and private sector investment of almost $300 billion annually.
Chinook focuses on the integration of building systems and technology in campus environments. This enables our owner to have centralized visibility and control over the key elements that promote day to day efficient and cost effective operations. Services we provide include condition assessments, utility master planning, capital planning for upgrades and expansion programs, systems engineering and the integration of disparate building controls systems, IT infrastructure management and CyberCx™ assessments.
Smithsonian Institution, Old Patent Office Building – Washington, DC
The historic Old Patent Office Building, which began construction in 1831, has served dynamic purposes over the years, including serving as a war hospital, hosting Presidential inaugural balls, and housing the U.S Patent Office until 1932. Now home to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and The National Portrait Gallery, the building underwent a massive renovation completed in 2006. Chinook was the commissioning authority on this project, including the installation and start-up of new, highly specialized mechanical, electrical, telecom, plumbing, security, and life safety systems, as well as provided supplemental testing services for vibration monitoring, thermography, and laser alignment.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Orlando, FL
As the City of Orlando’s premier venue for stage performances, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts provides seating for over 3,000 people across three indoor performance spaces, an outdoor performance plaza, a large-scale atrium and rotunda, and multiple banquet and event spaces. Delivered in two stages, the 698,000 SF facility includes highly complex HVAC, electrical, and Building Automation Systems to support the varied activities within. Chinook served as the Commissioning Authority for both project phases. Given the building’s location in Central Florida, our ultimate goal was to improve building energy efficiency and optimize envelope performance through a LEED Enhanced commissioning process. The project achieved LEED Silver Certification and complies with state energy efficiency regulations.
Chinook’s specialty projects within the Transportation sector includes repeat work at major airports in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Terminals A&B Expansion – Baltimore, MD
To meet increasing demand for additional flights, BWI completed a complex 510,000 SF expansion, including a new two-story terminal with 26 additional gates, a mezzanine, concessions, and two-story connectors to existing concourses. The project also included civil, structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and baggage handling systems. Chinook provided commissioning and quality management consulting to support the expansion, and implemented Quicx project delivery system to manage all program deliverables.
Dulles International Airport, Pedestrian Walk-back Tunnel – Dulles, VA
Chinook provided commissioning services and quality management consulting to the General Contractor to support the construction of new 1,000-foot-long passenger walkway connecting the terminal to Concourse B. The project also included the construction of the structural shell and architectural finishes for the 40-foot wide and 27-foot high tunnel, including elevators, escalators, and stairways. Chinook’s scope included spec review, design review, submittal review, inspections, test procedure review and tracking, and meeting attendance. Chinook also implemented the Quicx Project Delivery System to support the commissioning process and General Contractor’s quality management program.