ION PoP Data Centers

ION PoP Data Centers

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.


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