Commissioning subsidiary announced
The new commissioning firm, Brooks + Wright, will be led by William A. Wright. The group's purpose is to ensure and verify that building systems function properly.
Bruce E. Brooks and Associates Consulting Engineers (BBA) has announced the formation of Brooks + Wright Commissioning, a NEBB-certified firm dedicated to verifying that building systems function effectively. Headed by Bruce E. Brooks, PE, LEED AP, and William A. Wright, LEED AP, ASHRAE CPMP, NEBB BSCP, the new firm will offer technical building commissioning for new construction and renovations, retro-commissioning for existing buildings and LEED-fundamental and enhanced commissioning.
“Building owners can realize significant energy savings and lower operating costs through commissioning,” said the firm’s president, Will Wright. “Our job is to optimize performance and energy-efficiency of a facility, new or old.”
With more than 14 years of direct industry experience in building commissioning and retro-commissioning, Wright is well-qualified to lead a team of skilled professionals. “Our focus is on systems accessibility, testability and maintainability,” said Wright. “Technical commissioning can begin at any stage in the building process, but it has the greatest long-term value when we are involved from planning and design through building occupancy and operation.”
Brooks + Wright Commissioning is located in BBA’s Center City offices and will call upon the firm’s practical knowledge of MEP systems and project delivery success.
Wright, a graduate of Pacific University, has been providing building commissioning and retro-commissioning, energy management and LEED administration services since 1998. He is an AABC and NBC Certified Test and Balance Technician, ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, and an NEBB Certified Building Systems Commissioning Professional. Active in building commissioning and green building professional associations, Wright and his family reside in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood.
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