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From mega high-rise office spaces, to banking and insurance centers, to major retail outlets, to restaurant chains nationwide, EAB has been afforded the opportunity to work on almost every type of commercial building space in existence.  

Our team understands the specific needs of commercial tenant buildout spaces as well as the infrastructure needed to support mega high-rise buildings. Through years of experience testing ventilation systems, we have gleaned extensive knowledge in kitchen ventilation, retail space ventilation, and the unique needs of variable occupancy buildings.  

With the advent of underfloor air distribution systems prevalent in these settings, EAB has pioneered unique ways to verify challenging systems and assist designers and contractors in the installation and operation of high performance, energy efficient systems for today’s commercial office buildings. 

Toyota – North American Headquarters

Toyota North American HeadquartersToyota’s North American Headquarters in Plano, Texas is a commercial office, and research facility plotting 2.2 million square feet on a 100-acre campus. This facility includes seven office buildings standing at six to eight floors, four parking structures, and a research building. The lower level consists of cafes, dining areas, a workout/gym area, and maintenance corridors.

In order to deliver an optimum operating facility, our team tested and balanced the HVAC systems, verified HVAC control point and sensor calibration verification and performed HVAC control sequence verification.

During the project, the general contractor tested the Stairwell Pressure Smoke Control Sequence and failed the Plano Fire Marshal inspection multiple times. EAB provided a solution that resulted in a passed inspection. Our involvement helped the project maintain its schedule.

Toyota North American Headquarters

Toyota – North American Headquarters

Toyota’s North American Headquarters in Plano, Texas is a commercial office, and research facility plotting 2.2 million square feet on a 100-acre campus. This facility includes seven office buildings standing at six to eight floors, four parking structures, and a research building. The lower level consists of cafes, dining areas, a workout/gym area, and maintenance corridors.  

In order to deliver an optimum operating facility, our team tested and balanced the HVAC systems, verified HVAC control point and sensor calibration verification and performed HVAC control sequence verification.  

During the project, the general contractor tested the Stairwell Pressure Smoke Control Sequence and failed the Plano Fire Marshal inspection multiple times. EAB provided a solution that resulted in a passed inspection. Our involvement helped the project maintain its schedule.    

Phillips 66 – Corporate Headquarters Campus

Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters CampusPhillips 66’s newly constructed Corporate Headquarters Campus in the Westchase District in Houston, Texas is an impressive 1.1 million square foot facility. The building has two large towers connected by a skybridge and has an adjacent parking garage. The amenities include a yoga studio, spinning studio, basketball court, and a soccer field with a track.  

EAB was hired to provide Testing and Balancing and Building Commissioning services during the new construction of the campus.  

EAB attended design phase meetings, provided interim construction document reviews, and facilitated the kickoff and regular building commissioning meetings with the owner and contractors.  

When the general contractor changed mid-project, we held additional informational meetings to introduce the new team to the building commissioning process and requirements in the project documents. We worked closely with the project team to ensure that the goals, expectations, and schedule were fully understood.  

Aside from providing complete testing, adjusting, and balancing of all HVAC related systems, our team performed underfloor pressure testing and smoke tests on each level to determine the location of airflow leakage. This allowed the subcontractor to correct the leakage prior to EAB testing the underfloor air distribution system. Our team’s close attention to detail and prior experience with underfloor pressure testing allowed us to complete the testing and balancing portion of the project ahead of schedule.  

In addition, this project included a large data center to support the client’s IT needs. To verify the operation of the complex HVAC and electrical support systems, we  organized and facilitated the Integrated System Testing of the data center. We also obtained and supported the installation of the rack mounted load banks required to facilitate this testing.  

As a result of great teamwork, the Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters Campus was awarded a LEED Platinum Certification on this project.  

Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters Campus

Phillips 66 – Corporate Headquarters Campus

Phillips 66’s newly constructed Corporate Headquarters Campus in the Westchase District in Houston, Texas is an impressive 1.1 million square foot facility. The building has two large towers connected by a skybridge and has an adjacent parking garage. The amenities include a yoga studio, spinning studio, basketball court, and a soccer field with a track.  

EAB was hired to provide Testing and Balancing and Building Commissioning services during the new construction of the campus.  

EAB attended design phase meetings, provided interim construction document reviews, and facilitated the kickoff and regular building commissioning meetings with the owner and contractors.  

When the general contractor changed mid-project, we held additional informational meetings to introduce the new team to the building commissioning process and requirements in the project documents. We worked closely with the project team to ensure that the goals, expectations, and schedule were fully understood.  

Aside from providing complete testing, adjusting, and balancing of all HVAC related systems, our team performed underfloor pressure testing and smoke tests on each level to determine the location of airflow leakage. This allowed the subcontractor to correct the leakage prior to EAB testing the underfloor air distribution system. Our team’s close attention to detail and prior experience with underfloor pressure testing allowed us to complete the testing and balancing portion of the project ahead of schedule.  

In addition, this project included a large data center to support the client’s IT needs. To verify the operation of the complex HVAC and electrical support systems, we  organized and facilitated the Integrated System Testing of the data center. We also obtained and supported the installation of the rack mounted load banks required to facilitate this testing.  

As a result of great teamwork, the Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters Campus was awarded a LEED Platinum Certification on this project.  

Charles Schwab – Corporate Campus

EAB provided Testing and Balancing services for both construction phases of the new Charles Schwab Corporate Headquarters in Westlake, Texas. The new campus covers over 1.1 million square feet spread across 70 acres inside Hillwood’s Circle T Ranch Development. The nearly 6,000 employees that call the campus home enjoy numerous amenities including an upscale on-site cafe, training centers, collaboration spaces, a micro-market, and more.

We used our comprehensive approach to test and validate every HVAC system component encompassing the complete spectrum of air handling equipment, hydronic systems, and controls. Because of our approach and the two project phases, some of the challenges identified by Engineered Air Balance and the on-site commissioning agency in phase I led to design changes in Phase II. In the second phase, they increased the number of air handlers to one per floor vs. the prior design one per building, allowing for better control. The design of the continuous slot diffusers added another layer of challenge to this project. We were unable to use typical testing procedures. Instead, our team worked together to revamp the testing procedures and ensure the delivery of an optimum operating facility.

Ultimately, the Charles Schwab project was successful due to the six teams of EAB team members that embodied our company’s core values of integrity, quality, consistency, and teamwork. Our technical knowledge, unmatched thoroughness, and continuous reliability are evident in our final product: a successful project on time and within budget.

Charles Schwab – Corporate Campus

EAB provided Testing and Balancing services for both construction phases of the new Charles Schwab Corporate Headquarters in Westlake, Texas. The new campus covers over 1.1 million square feet spread across 70 acres inside Hillwood’s Circle T Ranch Development. The nearly 6,000 employees that call the campus home enjoy numerous amenities including an upscale on-site cafe, training centers, collaboration spaces, a micro-market, and more.

We used our comprehensive approach to test and validate every HVAC system component encompassing the complete spectrum of air handling equipment, hydronic systems, and controls. Because of our approach and the two project phases, some of the challenges identified by Engineered Air Balance and the on-site commissioning agency in phase I led to design changes in Phase II. In the second phase, they increased the number of air handlers to one per floor vs. the prior design one per building, allowing for better control. The design of the continuous slot diffusers added another layer of challenge to this project. We were unable to use typical testing procedures. Instead, our team worked together to revamp the testing procedures and ensure the delivery of an optimum operating facility.

Ultimately, the Charles Schwab project was successful due to the six teams of EAB team members that embodied our company’s core values of integrity, quality, consistency, and teamwork. Our technical knowledge, unmatched thoroughness, and continuous reliability are evident in our final product: a successful project on time and within budget.

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