This renovation project consisted of the design and construction of the USDA NITC POD 1A data center and supporting office building space. The scope of work included replacing wiring and the power supply in a data center, while maintaining complete operation. The project included selective demolition, replacement of mechanical equipment, ductwork, piping, cold aisle containment, electrical equipment, structured cabling, access computer flooring, equipment racks, painting, uninterruptable power supply, and upgrade to the building automation system. This scope also included providing power to 95 server racks in the data center.
New computer room equipment racks and patch panels were installed in rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 in the server room. The uninterruptable power supply (UPS) was removed and a new UPS system was installed while the computer room remained in operation. Two UPS units were involved in the upgrade and required careful coordination to avoid interruptions in the computer room operations during the construction.
This project was a design-build renovation and addition of an active mission critical facility whose occupants were multiple government departments. Mechanical and power work had to be performed in phases to install new equipment and maintain existing systems operation. Value engineering options were used allowing the owner to install CISCO Series 6000 equipment to enable a 40G system in lieu of the design intent, 10G system, at a substantial cost reduction.