David Meyers to Connect with National Groups on Behalf of American Institute of Architects
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Oct. 18, 2017) — David Meyers, who leads national commissioning services for Burns & McDonnell, has been appointed by the American Institute of Architects as the organization’s AIA Representative for commissioning.
Meyers will work on AIA’s behalf to inform, guide and share insights about policy, regulations and other decisions affecting their members. And just as commissioning is designed to help owners and clients get the most out of their construction and renovation projects — the term comes from crews checking and rechecking the performance of warships before their commissioning — Meyers is ready to help AIA and its more than 90,000 members get the most out of their representation.
“I’m looking forward to being able to influence how commissioning is done,” says Meyers, a commissioning manager at Burns & McDonnell for the past four years. “I’m looking forward to continue making a difference on how commissioning is done — to make it better, and to make the requirements fit the way the industry is needing commissioning services.”
Commissioning is a systematic process of verifying and documenting that a facility and all its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet a project owner’s requirements. The process works to generate operational efficiencies, extend equipment lifespans, optimize systems and more.
As AIA Representative, Meyers will serve as the organization’s formal connection to two national groups whose decisions and deliberations guide the commissioning industry:
- The National Institute of Building Science and its Total Building Commissioning Program, an industrywide process to develop a comprehensive set of building system commissioning guidelines. Total Building Commissioning is the systematic process of ensuring that the performance of a facility and its systems meet the design intent and the near- and long-term functional and operational needs of the owner and occupants.
- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and its Committee for Standard 202: Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems. The standard describes how to plan, conduct and document successful commissioning efforts.
Burns & McDonnell ranks No. 3 in mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP) commissioning on Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s MEP Commissioning Giants Report. Five years after establishing its commissioning practice, the firm now has more than 120 professionals who work on commissioning projects in the U.S. and abroad.
Meyers has worked in commissioning for the past seven years, after a decade as a project architect and program manager. He has served as chairman of the Building Enclosure Council in St. Louis and, in Kirkwood, Missouri, has served on the city’s Architectural Review Board and the city’s Landmarks Commission.