FAQs

Q?What is SMI’s Company History?
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SMI Commissioning & Consulting, LLC provides first-rate commissioning services to building owners, architects, engineers and general contractors. SMI Commissioning founder Nathaniel Mostajo has over 16 years of industry experience and has been providing outstanding commissioning services for over 11 years. SMI Commissioning was established January 2012 by Nate Mostajo, one of the owners of Wilson Jones Consulting, and Shanon Self, a UW Foster School of Business graduate, with the goal of providing the level of leadership, project coordination support and problem solving services clients deserve from a superior Commissioning Authority.

Q?What GC/CM Experience does SMI have?
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SMI Commissioning & Consulting LLC has had the opportunity to be part of many GC/CM projects. We have found that GC/CM approach helps foster communication and teamwork between the A&E team and the general contractor. This approach is very effective with our style of commissioning which focuses on promoting a team environment. We believe that Commissioning serves as a catalyst for communication by clarifying design, installation, & operational issues and also provides a route for direct communication between owners, architects, engineers, contractors and facilities staff. A non-adversarial team environment encourages all members to find and resolve issues much earlier in the project which can dramatically limit increases in scope & budget.

Q?What services does SMI offer?
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SMI provides full-service commissioning services including in depth design review, HVAC equipment testing & evaluation, and testing & calibration of existing building systems. SMI can provide either Commissioning Authority services, hired by the Owner or A&E Team as a direct representative, or Test Engineering services, directing and performing testing under the scope of the General Contractor. SMI provides services that satisfy the LEED EA Prerequisite 1 (Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning) and EA Credit 3 (Additional Commissioning).

Q?What Company Memberships is SMI a part of?
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SMI is a member of the AABC Commissioning Group, Building Commissioning Association (BCxA), the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Nate Mostajo is an ACG Certified Commissioning Authority (CCA), ASHRAE, and an active member of the BCxA Best Practices Committee.

Q?How does SMI approach MC/CM and EC/CM Opportunities?
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Through experience we have found that clarifying design intent (objective behind equipment selection, control points and sequences) with the subcontractors (and facilities staff) is one of the most critical tasks to ensure a smooth process at the end of the project when we are trying to achieve substantial completion and wrap-up commissioning functional testing. With clearly defined transition points where the mechanical and electrical contractors take over the documentation from the design engineer, we believe that use of the MC/CM and EC/CM process could be very beneficial in allowing the subcontractors to better understand and clarify the design intent much earlier in the process.

Q?What is SMI’s Commissioning Approach & Philosophy?
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Commissioning is a team effort. All participants, from architect and engineers to contractors are working to provide the Owner with a building that meets or exceeds expectations. As the Commissioning Authority, we act as the link for information between the key participants. Additionally, we help the construction team coordinate installation, startup and commissioning activities, which is extremely important in a multi-phase, continuously operating project. Throughout the project we remain close to the Owner, Architect, Engineers, Construction Manager, and construction teams to maintain a cooperative, non-adversarial team environment for identifying issues and developing solutions.

We not only look out for the interests of the Owner and A&E team, but also for the Contractors in order to prevent costly mistakes before they are implemented and by recommending solutions to issues as they arise. We provide an atmosphere for project participants to freely participate in identifying areas of concern that may otherwise not be communicated to the team. Early detection of issues is key to reducing additional costs associated with expensive change orders.

Q?What does the SMI Company Organization look like?
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SMI Commissioning has two owners/managers; Nate Mostajo (Commissioning Project Manager) and Shanon Self (Operations Manager). Nate started in the DDC controls industry working extensively with commissioning then transitioned into providing commissioning services building up a large network of satisfied clients. His in depth knowledge of MEP commissioning, DDC controls design, programming and loop tuning and lighting controls along with the enjoyment of his work regularly results in ‘word of mouth’ referrals for projects. After graduating from UW in 2007, Shanon opened a language/cultural consulting firm in Germany before returning to the USA to start SMI. She has over 10 years of project management, business organization and contracting experience. Currently, SMI has one full time employee; Michael Wilhelm (Commissioning Specialist). Michael came to SMI with complete knowledge of the HVAC and controls fields and 30 years DDC Controls experience, much of which he worked closely with the Commissioning Authority on the project. He has effectively stepped into the role of Commissioning Specialist and has become a valuable asset to the SMI team.