It’s not just our tagline. It’s at the core of everything we do. At Cornerstone, we’re here to be your most trusted resource to ensure that your buildings meet the correct operational and performance requirements. Backed by our far-reaching industry experience and noteworthy expertise with mission-critical facilities, Cornerstone is uniquely qualified to assess the specific needs of each project and provide state-of-the-art, cost-saving solutions, tailor-fit for you.
For new construction and renovation projects, Cornerstone should be engaged during the design phase, when some of the most valuable insights are shared with the project team. Owners find out that they could have decreased the size of mechanical and electrical systems if they had hired Cornerstone earlier, greatly reducing the first and operating costs of the building.
Throughout the design, construction, acceptance and warranty phases of a project, Cornerstone’s hands-on approach is dedicated to every last detail. That’s why Cornerstone consistently delivers finished projects that are maximized for safe and comfortable operation, efficient and cost-effective performance, compliance with regulations, and much more.
Dan has over 30 years of installation, maintenance, design and commissioning experience, with a specialization in facility performance of critical environments. He speaks throughout the industry on laboratory commissioning for national and international organizations and has served on industry standards committees for airflow and contamination control. Dan’s engineering background provides him with the technical expertise needed to lead Cornerstone while his dedication to commissioning galvanizes his leadership into a solidly cohesive corporate culture. As founder of Cornerstone, Dan directs business development and oversees execution of the commissioning process.
Bo oversees the development and maintenance of all technical processes and documentation with a careful attention to detail. He manages the commissioning staff and delegates responsibility for all Cornerstone projects by skillfully maximizing the strengths of the entire team. Bo enhances LEED projects with a sensible and creative focus on energy efficient building systems and he contributes valuable input from design through occupancy, focusing on the best methods for controlling building systems.
Dan’s strong system analysis capabilities and unique talent for executing the testing protocols of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and especially building control systems enable him to clearly understand and resolve any possible issues. He is frequently praised for his innate ability to coordinate work with contractors and document test results that proactively and efficiently brings commissioning issues to resolution.
David has a strong reputation on project teams for his ability to get systems working right and his excellent project coordination with contractors. David’s diverse background as a contractor, engineering manager and plant manager have earned him a unique talent and approach to commissioning.
Doug ensures consistent project execution by overseeing all progress and managing projects for effectiveness, efficiency and completeness. Doug’s background and knowledge in sustainable design, combined with his organizational leadership experience and interpersonal skills, add a unique and collaborative problem-solving talent to the Cornerstone Team.
Larry possesses vast experience in building control system programming, commissioning and trouble-shooting. Larry’s strong background in both building operations and maintenance is a tremendous asset in training owners during the turnover phase of Cornerstone’s projects, creating a highly effective hand-off.
Tim is praised for his diligent attention to detail in system installation and performance. Tim also holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His high work ethic and wide technical knowledge acquired throughout his studies inform his approach to commissioning.
Brian is an expert in building envelope commissioning and energy engineering. His penchant for organized details, thoughtful management style and experience blend well with Cornerstone’s mission for excellence. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Master level course work in Energy Management and Business Administration.
Pete’s 35 years in the control industry have given him the experience to assist in creating practical solutions to complex problems. As a “hands on” individual, Pete has not only managed the process of controls installation, he has also functioned as a systems architect, control system software designer, startup technician, and trainer, making him one of most seasoned commissioning specialists.
Stephen is one of Cornerstone’s (former) college football players and uses his disciplined attitude to tackle MEP system performance data. He is very strong in assisting with
building tests, documentation, planning and issue tracking. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is on track towards becoming a licensed professional engineer.
Cornerstone is committed to train the younger college-age generation in engineering or other facets of our business. The company’s intern program is designed to introduce the next generation into the business world, allowing each intern to develop his or her own talents.
Dawson is involved in marketing, data base work, and on site commissioning. He has a tendency to display creativity in social media and other marketing networks for businesses. He hopes to improve his work ethic and strengthen his skills through Cornerstone. He is enrolled at Patrick Henry College in Virginia as a history major.
Eric is involved with systems analysis, equipment testing, and on site commissioning. He has worked array of jobs on building sites in years past including construction and past commissioning work. He is enjoying the opportunity to participate in analysis work on job sites and with efficient building design first hand. Eric is a Civil Engineering major with a focus in sustainability at the University of New Hampshire.
Mitchell is involved with consultation, job site visits, and documentation. Although he is particularly fond of hands-on work at job sites, Mitchell thoroughly enjoys learning more and more about commissioning in order to make himself a stronger asset to the company and the project. Other than work at Cornerstone, Mitchell is currently enrolled in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University and is also a member of the football team.
“Cornerstone’s engineers know how to effectively lead commissioning teams through Integrated Systems Tests. During the most challenging series of tests, when we needed new sequences for failure scenarios, Dan and his staff took the high road by not pointing fingers. Instead, they helped us brainstorm to create resolutions to make a very unique containment facility function in a way we’re all proud of. I recommend them highly for commissioning biocontainment facilities.”
“Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc. has been our commissioning authority of choice at Iowa State University since 2007. I really appreciate the way Cornerstone anticipates our needs and adapts to changing conditions.”
“Cornerstone’s engineers have earned highest praise from our campus designers, facilities managers, administrators, and biological safety community for their professionalism, astonishing attention to detail, and steadfast dedication to each project, from conception to turnover. “UC Davis has worked with Cornerstone Commissioning since 2008 on three BSL3 design and construction projects and on one BSL3 upgrade. Cornerstone’s engineers have earned highest praise from our campus designers, facilities managers, administrators, and biological safety community for their professionalism, astonishing attention to detail, and steadfast dedication to each project, from conception to turnover. Cornerstone has set a standard in containment laboratory commissioning that all who provide commissioning services should aspire to match.”
“Cornerstone Commissioning has been involved in several projects in the past few years. We find their procedures to be unique in so far as being proactive in preparing their data and initiating the process with the construction and design teams. Most impressive is their people, an extremely well rounded group of individuals who are called upon as the project needs warrant. Equally impressive is the ‘can & will do’ attitude. It isn’t a slogan with them, it is a way of life.”
“Cornerstone provides an inclusive and pro-active approach to project commissioning. Their staff’s flexibility to handle peak workload requirements was a key element in keeping Building 33’s aggressive commissioning schedule on track and allowed for maximization of project resources to resolve challenges in a timely fashion.”
Most of Cornerstone’s projects have been mission-critical, meaning that they are focused on delivering spaces that have unique environmental requirements. Clients with these types of facilities demand the utmost in high performance for their institutions. Our staff has a keen ability to engage with mission critical project teams from design through occupancy to deliver finely tuned systems with optimal operation for the end users, simplifying the complex to enhance delivery.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Size: 275,000 SF
NIH Porter Neuroscience Research Facility (PNRC)- Vivarium
The John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Facility is a state of the art facility, co-locating researchers from ten institutes on the NIH campus. The vivarium had many unique features requiring a detailed testing plan. Among the systems commissioned were ventilated cage rack connections, animal watering system, AAALAC environmental monitoring, lighting controls and downdraft sinks.
Location: Hanover, NH
Size: 175,000 SF
Dartmouth College Class of 1978 Life Sciences Building
Dartmouth’s Class of 1987 Life Sciences Center, awarded the Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, was built with the intended use of graduate level teaching and research in the fields of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, medicine, and bioengineering. Along with classrooms and faculty office space, the center has 30 wet labs, computer and project labs, and a 200-seat auditorium.
Location: Ames, Iowa
Size: 925,000 SF
USDA Ames Modernization Project
In 2003, USDA sought a commissioning authority with strong leadership and laboratory system expertise to deliver a 150,000 SF BSL3Ag large animal containment research facility, a 550,000 SF Consolidated Lab Facility, and another large animal containment facility, plus a central plant with chillers, boilers, combustion turbines, emergency generators and BSL3 waste water treatment. The stringent design and performance criteria called for tight architectural facilities, unique controls and other highly unique systems. As of 2014, this construction project has been Cornerstone’s most challenging, yet most rewarding turnover processes to date. As a result of the highly collaborative approach to commissioning, Cornerstone led a team that successfully completed a very complex project two months ahead of schedule.
BSL3 Facilities can be very complicated to design, commission, and operate. We understand how to meet challenging compliance requirements in affordable and creative ways using finely-honed methodologies. Through the commissioning of over 75 BSL3 facilities, Cornerstone has gained the experience essential to lead these teams through new, renovation, and existing building operation processes.
Location: Davis, California
Size: 7,500 SF
UC-Davis – Virology and Immunology Lab
The Virology and Immunology Laboratory (VIL) Building on the University of California Davis campus, is a National Institute of Health CO6 Grant Funded project. This building provides Biosafety Containment Level 2 and 3 laboratory facilities and supports advanced research on infectious diseases. In 2008, UC-Davis augmented their own commissioning staff with Cornerstone to ensure this critical facility was properly delivered. As a result of Cornerstone’s commissioning approach, the VIL building was approved within a few months of project completion and commissioning. The University was both surprised at the quick approval of the VIL and pleased with the outcome.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Size: 50,000 SF
UofL – Center for Predictive Medicine Expansion
In 2010, the University of Louisville decided to expand its Center of Predictive Medicine. The researchers at this laboratory are dedicated to prevent infectious diseases. The facility contains BSL3 Laboratories, Offices, and Animal Research Facilities. Cornerstone was selected as the commissioning authority because of its extensive experience in the verification of BSL3 facilities, having a high level of biocontainment, biomedical research laboratories and vivariums, and related auxiliary services in a high security environment. Cornerstone met extremely stringent directional airflow control requirements and met complicated NIH design requirements.
Location: North Grafton, Massachusetts
Size: 37,000 SF
Tufts University – New England Regional Biocontainment
The New England Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (NERBL) is dedicated to the study of existing and emerging infectious diseases, toxin-mediated diseases and medical countermeasures important to biodefense. The building has biosafety level-3 (BSL3) suites and animal biosafety level-3 (ABSL3) suites, including aerobiology and insectary laboratories. Cornerstone used their BSL3 operation experience to ensure the optimal performance of the building’s labs and control systems. From the design phase to final programming, Cornerstone facilitated the commissioning process and found solutions to issues ranging from directional airflow issues to steam production issues. Tufts recognized Cornerstone’s value and hired the company to return each year to verify the operation of the laboratories for compliance with biosafety guidelines. The building now has a reputation for meeting (and even surpassing) the performance of all other NIH Regional Biocontainment Facilities.
Cornerstone’s Existing Building Commissioning process (EBCx) uncovers costly hidden performance issues. Over time, building operation is degraded if systems are not properly maintained and adjusted. Our methodologies include investigation, evaluation, remediation, and verification. The benefit of EBCx has provided owners with long-term environmental stability in many mission-critical facilities.
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Size: 600,000 SF
HHMI – Chilled Water Plant
Janelia Farms, in Ashburn, VA, is part of Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s scientific program and is a world-class biomedical pioneering research center. In 2011 Cornerstone was selected to review the operation of the HHMI Research Facility. The plant’s chilled water operation had a history of being unreliable, threatening the critical research that was underway at the institution. Cornerstone was brought in to identify what was causing the failures and provide a solution to increase the reliability. The Cornerstone team worked together to develop a solution that re-used the majority of the existing equipment and did not require the purchase of any additional expensive equipment.
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: >1M SF
MIT Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 13, 14, and 66
MIT has been rapidly refurbishing and expanding its campus since 2007. Along with creating new classrooms and dormitories, the institute has also carried through with a variety of scientific and research building projects. Cornerstone’s work at MIT has mainly centered upon verifying the performance of building systems and equipment. Throughout its involvement on the MIT campus, the company has had the ability to successfully display commissioning services ranging from renovation of century-old existing buildings to the basic commissioning of new dormitories to ensuring safety within critical areas.
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Size: 120,000 SF
Amherst College – Robert Frost Library
Amherst College’s Frost Library has been in operation since its dedication by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Named after Robert Frost, poet and Amherst Professor, the facility houses large volumes of paper and digital documents. Cornerstone was hired in 2014 to improve environmental control performance for artifact storage and for building occupants. Energy models and data acquisition are part of Cornerstone’s solutåion to help Amherst College serve its student body for years to come.
Through the Traditional Commissioning Services, Cornerstone acts on the owner’s behalf to lead the project team through the process, saving building owners millions in operating costs and has enhanced the turnover from acceptance to occupancy.
Some of our past clients include Dartmouth College, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Harvard University, Iowa State University, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Smithsonian Institutes, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Location: Hanover, New Hampshire
Size: 80,000 SF
Dartmouth College – Class of 1953 Dining Facility
The Class of 1953 Commons provides a modern dining facility with more space for eating, studying, and gathering for up to 1,000 students, faculty, and staff. The original 73 year-old building was remodeled and modernized to better serve the students and reduce energy usage. Along with an innovative kitchen exhaust system, the dining facility has a refrigeration heat recovery system. Cornerstone successfully reduced the steam usage by 60% and lowered the electrical usage by 20% even after adding air conditioning to the building.
Location: Rochester, New Hampshire
Size: 360,000 SF
Safran is a French aerospace engineering and security company specializing in designing and manufacturing rocket and aircraft engine components. In 2012, during the construction phase, Safran hired Cornerstone Commissioning to act as a third party commissioning entity on their behalf. This project had many elements and issues that made a commissioning team even more valuable and important. Due to Cornerstone’s success within the project, the company was given a contract to perform “soft landing” services, including monitoring, tuning and training of facility engineers and staff after turnover.
Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Size: 100,000 SF
Service Credit Union Headquarters
The Service Credit Union, the largest credit union in New Hampshire, has served military and civilian customers since the 1950s. In 2012, Cornerstone was hired as the commissioning authority to aid in the construction process and verification of a new Service Credit Union building in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The scope of work included ensuring energy savings, creating water efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving the general indoor environmental quality. The building received a LEED Gold Certification.