HEA was hired to design multiple Point of Presence (PoP) data centers ranging from 1,000 sf to 3,000 sf in size along this client’s 2,200-mile network serving rural communities in the northeast. Working closely with the project architect, HEA produced designs that addressed the client’s needs for security, redundancy and cost-efficiency. Each center was designed to be scalable so that future racking and supporting M/E/P systems could be added. Value engineering was applied through each project to control costs without compromising designs.
In general, each site included:
- Multiple Dx-cooled computer room air conditioners (CRACs). Rooftop-mounted condensing units serve each CRAC. Alternate options for at-grade installations were also provided.
- Electrical service upgrades, including new power panels, transformers, circuit breakers, etc. New utility runs were required for several of the projects.
- Rack-mounted uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units.
- Power distribution units (PDUs) to serve each center’s server and data racks.
- DC power systems to supply racks specifically dedicated to ION’s telecom clients.
- 150 kW emergency generators and associated equipment (automatic transfer switches, annunciator panels, etc.).
- Point-to-point communications wiring.
- New cable trays.
- New lighting and associated controls, including occupancy sensors.
- Access control and security features including card reader and camera systems.
- Chemical fire suppression systems.
- NFPA 72-compliant fire alarm systems.
- HVAC, electrical and plumbing design for adjacent office and ancillary spaces.
HEA also provided equipment procurement, comprehensive bid phase assistance, and construction administration services for each project.