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Atkins’ Design and Engineering group launches retro-commissioning business with NEBB's Dave McFarlane

No doubt you have seen the recent study by Pike Research, which indicates that the market forDave_McFarlane retro-commissioning services is expected to grow from a $160 million market in 2010 to as much as $1.8 billion by 2014.
In response to the rising demand, Atkins—one of the industry’s top-ranked design and engineering consultancies—announces the launch of its nationwide retro-commissioning business. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, the new business is being directed by Dave McFarlane, a retro-commissioning pioneer, conference speaker, author, NEBB member, and former owner of two successful retro-commissioning firms.
To learn more about Dave McFarlane and Atkins’ new retro-commissioning business, check out the news release. 

Atkins’ Design and Engineering group launches retro-commissioning business - September 24, 2012

Tampa, FL — A new study by Pike Research indicates that the market for “retro-commissioning” services—whereby existing buildings are systematically analyzed and then extensively enhanced and refurbished to improve efficiency, safety, comfort, and sustainability—is expected to grow dramatically in the next few years: from approximately $160 million in 2010 to between $760 million and $1.8 billion by 2014.

In response to the growing demand, Atkins announces the launch of its national retro-commissioning business. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, the new business is being directed by Dave McFarlane, a retro-commissioning pioneer and former owner of the retro-commissioning firms McFarlane, Inc. and Technical Commissioning, Inc.

McFarlane will direct the technical, operations, and business development functions of the new organization. McFarlane’s team—including project managers, engineers, and field technicians—has already begun work on several retro-commissioning contracts Atkins is securing from a range of military, government, and private-sector clients.

McFarlane and his team will be housed in Atkins’ Asset Management Practice, which is managed by senior program manager Dennis Yates. In addition, McFarlane will work closely with program manager Mitch Gordon to help execute and manage projects throughout the United States.

“Our clients are becoming increasingly interested in improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of their existing facilities,” noted Atkins’ senior vice president Marvin Fisher. “Our ability to offer state-of-the-art retro-commissioning services enables us to provide exactly what many of our clients are looking for.”

According to McFarlane, retro-commissioning is a comprehensive “facilities tune-up” process that maximizes the operational efficiency of existing building systems—similar to tuning a car engine. If engineers find efficiency issues in a building, they repair, adjust, and refurbish its systems to improve airflow, water flow, and other aspects of building operations that reduce energy use, improve occupant comfort and safety, and prolong equipment life.

McFarlane also said that retro-commissioning has been proven to reduce a building’s energy consumption by as much as 35 percent. And in light of the US federal government’s 2010 mandate to reduce the energy consumption of federal buildings by 30 percent by the year 2020, it’s a service that’s increasingly in demand.

“We see tremendous potential for this growing business, which is why making this investment is very exciting,” said Fisher. “Dave McFarlane’s strong industry reputation gives us instant credibility; which—combined with Atkins’ extensive industry contacts and resources—gives us the confidence that our retro-commissioning business will thrive.”

Dave McFarlane background

Dave McFarlane has more than 40 years of wide-ranging experience in retro-commissioning and chemical-plant process optimization. For more than 30 years he owned McFarlane, Inc., a mechanical contracting company that was widely respected for its design-build and retro-commissioning operations. In 2011, he founded Technical Commissioning Inc., a commissioning/retro-commissioning firm in Fort Myers, Florida. With his move to Atkins, McFarlane has divested himself of his interest in both firms.

McFarlane originally developed retro-commissioning methodologies with the University of North Dakota in the early 1980s.

“We helped create the national standard—literally!” said McFarlane, when asked about his leadership role in the retro-commissioning market.

McFarlane has been a member of the building-commissioning committee of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) for many years, serving as its chairman from 2003 to 2005 when NEBB’s retro-commissioning discipline was developed. He was one of the first people to become NEBB-certified in retro-commissioning and is also a Certified Professional in testing, adjusting, balancing, and new-building systems commissioning.

McFarlane graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He is in demand as an industry conference speaker and has authored several publications, including co-authoring the NEBB design manuals Design Phase Commissioning and Procedural Standards for Retro-Commissioning. McFarlane is an instructor for NEBB’s Retro-Commissioning certification program; and he has written numerous articles on retro-commissioning for the ASHRAE Journal (the monthly publication of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.




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