University of Pennsylvania



Torcon has been selected to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the retro-commissioning of buildings located on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

The University is endeavoring to strategically reduce energy consumption to meet the goals of its Climate Action Plan.

Retro-commissioning is a process that seeks to improve how building equipment and systems function together. Depending on the age of the building, retro-commissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed over the building’s life. Retro-commissioning improves a building's operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures to enhance overall building performance.

The University has completed energy audits and a retro-commissioning plan that focuses on optimizing the use of energy in various campus buildings, specifically with HVAC and lighting systems. It's expected that the plan will call for the installation of variable drive and volume systems, replacement of air handling unit components, and the installation of lighting control systems. A comprehensive testing and balancing program for all air and water systems will be included in the plan.

As the selected Construction Manager, Torcon will provide preconstruction services that include cost estimating of corrective actions and the development of detailed logistics plans to minimize the impact to on-going research and operations in the buildings. We will also manage the implementation of a corrective action program and oversee comprehensive retro-commissioning of all energy-related systems for up to 13 buildings of various types, from Research to Residential.

Working with Torcon and Torcon Energy Services, Penn intends to develop a retro-commissioning standard that can be implemented throughout the University.