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L’Oreal Headquarters

Testing the new equipment for a new corporate headquarters

With so much equipment serving L’Oreal’s 145,000 sq. ft. headquarters, there were lots of places for things to go wrong. Because L’Oreal wanted to make sure that things didn’t go wrong with their MEP equipment, they hired WB to commission all major equipment. Our testing included UPS modules, data center cooling unit, and the HVAC system. We also went through start-up and testing processes with the manufacturers’ representatives and performed HVAC testing and balancing verification of all newly installed HVAC equipment. 

We identified a number of deficiencies in our testing. One of the most critical issues was that although the mechanical drawings had specified high efficiency fan powered boxes, the ones that were delivered did not meet the efficiency requirements. Another deficiency that we found was that the return fan was not interlocked to the supply fan and that a supplemental AC unit would trip off shortly after start up because of a faulty transformer.
Through the commissioning process, we identified and addressed installation deficiencies while the contractors were onsite, which eliminated contractor call back charges. Solving the problems during construction also meant that there would not be any building downtime affecting employee productivity.

Project Type
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Perkins + Will
Square Footage
LEED Certification Level

Project Services

Fundamental Commissioning

Working as the owner’s advocate to fulfill the Fundamental Commissioning Pre-Requisite for LEED Certification, ensured that the MEP systems were installed and operate as described in the contract documents.


Designed MEP systems in compliance with the LEED certification requirements. Performed calculations and provided submittals, drawings and narratives for all MEP pre-requisites and credits, as required by the USGBC.