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Berks Career & Technology Center
Berks Career & Technology Center West Campus

Project Architect: Foreman Architects, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
Project Engineer: Brinjac Engineering, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Berks Career & Technology Center project consisted of additions and renovations at both the West Campus located in Leesport, Pennsylvania and the East Campus located in Oley, Pennsylvania. The BCTC West Campus project consisted of 94,000 square feet of renovated space and the addition of 39,000 square feet of new space. The BCTC East Campus project included renovations to 101,000 square feet and additions totaling 41,000 square feet.
These projects include a variety mechanical systems including both constant volume and Variable Air Volume (VAV) Systems for the administrative offices and some classroom spaces. Numerous make-up air, exhaust air and ventilation air systems service the culinary and shop spaces. The heating and cooling of the facility is provided by a central hot water and chilled water system.

Eastern Air Balance Corporation was interviewed and hired as part of a professional services contract with the Berks Career & Technology Center. Our firm was contracted to perform the testing, adjusting and balancing of all air and hydronic systems and also to act as the commissioning authority for the school on these projects.

In our role as the commissioning authority, our responsibilities included detailed reviews of the mechanical systems design including all mechanical systems drawings. During the construction phase of the project Eastern Air Balance Corporation was responsible for review and comment on all HVAC systems equipment submittals and Automatic Temperature Controls (ATC) submittals and proposed sequence of operations.

Eastern Air Balance Corporation successfully developed the commissioning plan for the project including pre-functional checklists which were utilized by the installing prime contractors to document actual systems installation and start-up. Our firm was also responsible for the development and implementation of the functional performance tests which validated the operation of all HVAC equipment and calibration and operation of all Automatic Temperature Control components and sequence of operation.