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Edward D. Kommers
CM 321
Seattle Campus

Mechanical Systems in Buildings

Introduction to building heating, cooling, plumbing, and fire protection systems including aspects of design, construction, estimating, and problem solving. Offered: W.

Class description

Introduction to building heating, cooling and plumbing systems including aspects of design, construction, estimating and problem solving from a mechanical contractors perspective. Mechanical systems can be up to 40% of the cost of construction for some projects and they have a significant impact on the construction schedule. Upon successfully completing this class, the learner will be able to open a set of commercial mechanical drawings and a) determine the types of HVAC and plumbing systems; b) set up a rough order of magnitude cost estimate; c) determine major mechanical schedule milestones; d) Develop an integration/coordination plan; e) analyze the mechanical systems; f) analyze a mechanical contractors bid, scope letter and fee proposal.

Student learning goals

Understand HVAC and Plumbing system design and construction fundamentals in commercial buildings

Understand the unique aspects of Mechanical Project management and the roles of individuals, trades and firms in the mechanical industry

Have a basic understanding of the analysis and design of mechanical X Have a basic understanding of the analysis and design of mechanical construction systems

Have a basic understanding of Mechanical Estimates

Learn to ask the right questions about mechanical systems and constructability

General method of instruction

Classes will be lecture and activities. There will be some quizzes, but most work will be homework or project assignments.

Recommended preparation

Class attendance is mandatory. Reading will be assigned prior to class.

Class assignments and grading

Projects will be applications of concepts discussed in class. A mechanical estiamte will be prepared, for example.

CM Department Standard.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Edward D. Kommers
Date: 01/01/2008