Creating Durable Higher Education Facilities

We worked closely to verify proper installation of the open-joint rainscreen and curtain wall systems, to deliver a durable building envelope for this 640,000 sq. ft. higher education facility. (OSHU Collaborative Life Sciences & Skourtes Tower – Portland, OR)


Longevity for Healthcare Buildings

We were able to assist the owners and designers in making appropriate value-for-money decisions from constructability and long-term building envelope durability issues to the design process from the onset of the project. (Lethbridge-Chinook Regional Hospital Expansion – Lethbridge, AB)


BECx to Achieve LEED

As a commissioning agent, we helped this complex project earn a LEED Innovation credit for BECx and achieve LEED Silver certification. (St. John's Long Term Care – St. John's, NL)


Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx)

Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx)

As we continue to learn more about the impact the building envelope has on overall building durability and performance, the industry is also in need of a formalized quality assurance process for the design and construction of the envelope systems. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) provides a quality-oriented process aimed to achieve a building envelope that meets the needs of the owner and end users.

Our BECx Process

A BECx authority, like Morrison Hershfield, will engage with the owner and design team early in the design process, helping to establish a clear set of envelope objectives into the Owner Project Requirements (OPRs) and the initial groundwork for the project.

Having defined a clear OPR, the BECx authority will then act as an independent advisor, providing quality assurance and communicating requirements to various contractors as well as on materials and design review, testing and construction oversight from design through construction and up to one year after construction completion of the project.

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Rick Ziegler Receives the Horowitz Award from RCI, Inc.

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Morrison Hershfield’s Rick Ziegler has recently received RCI, Inc.’s 2016 Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award for his article titled Achieving Building Enclosure Performance Through Energy Modeling and Commissioning . RCI,.. Read More »

Four Team Members receive BECx Certifications

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

In order to continue providing our clients with outstanding specialty Building Envelope Commissioning services, several Morrison Hershfield staff have received both their accreditation as Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), and Commissioning Authority + Building.. Read More »

The Basics: Building Envelope Commissioning

Posted on Tuesday April 05, 2016

The A/E/C industry is continuing to recognize the significant impact of the building envelope on the performance, durability, energy use, and sustainability of the building. As such, the principles of Commissioning are being applied to confirm the quality.. Read More »