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Federal Government

Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS)


In support of the “Assure/Expand Chilled Water Capacity” project at the NIH Bethesda Campus RMF was contracted to provide full time on-site Construction Quality Management (CQM) and Commissioning (Cx) Services. The key components of the Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) consisted of the following:

  • Demolition of existing Building 34.
  • New eight million gallon chilled water storage tank, 1 inch thick steel. The TESS Tank was 120 feet in diameter and 100 feet tall.
  • New two-level building, housing: pumps, piping, related equipment, controls, electrical distribution system and an emergency generator.
  • Chilled Water piping, direct-buried and in trench.
  • Site work, including excavation, sheeting, shoring, retaining walls, concrete screen wall.

RMF’s CQM services included:

  • Construction field inspection, problem solving and safety monitoring.
  • Providing activation / occupancy services; including planning, scoping, scheduling and coordinating.
  • Resolution of problems throughout the duration of the contract and advising of the Project Officer immediately of any problems, disagreement or potential delays.
  • Cost estimating, design reviews and, constructability and coordination reviews
  • Monitoring performance schedules of the GC and recommending appropriate action when the GC failed to meet performance milestones, including specific use of Primavera scheduling software.

RMF’s Construction Phase Services included:

  • Records
  • Project Management Plan
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Services
  • Constructability reviews
  • GC schedule optimization
  • GC’s monthly report review
  • Submittals
  • Project Manual
  • Budget control and reporting
  • Meetings
  • Long lead procurement items
  • Inspections
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Contractor payments
  • As-Built drawings
  • Photographs
  • Change-order negotiations

Commissioning services were provided for all MEP and specialty systems. RMF ensured completion of all Commissioning requirements by the subcontractors, including start-up, testing, O&M manuals, training, spare parts, tools and record documents.

Services Provided

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9 States
250+ Employees

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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD (headquarters)
  • Boston, MA
  • Charleston, SC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Sarasota, FL
  • York, PA
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