GLOBAL CLOUD PROVIDER

EXPERTISE

  • Construction Management

  • Quality Assurance Auditing

  • Commissioning Support

Highlights

  • Work In Live Data Center With No Downtime

  • MOP Process Developed & Utilized

  • 100+ MW IT Load

This construction management team has helped us lead the industry by delivering the largest and most complex data centers in North America.
— Director of Data Center Development for the Americas - Global Cloud Provider

This confidential technology company was building highly complex and hyperscale data centers throughout the United States. Each ultimately supports a 100+ MW IT load. For one of their largest data center campus developments in Virginia, we were engaged as the Construction Manager, Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer and Commissioning support focused on directing the build-out of the data center campus including management of the site work, shell, and MEP systems, reporting directly to the Program Manager.

This client is focused on delivering high reliability (99.999% uptime) to their users, and building data centers with high energy efficiency and low cost of operation. To do this, the design and CM team used collaborative design and construction tools, including the use of BIM, while adding 4D, 5D and 6D modeling, and the use of Lean Construction techniques. In addition, significant supply chain management including off-site construction/fabrication was used to drive up quality and consistency, drive down cost per kW, and allow for an accelerated schedule.

The project included multiple phases of construction, with each phase inclusive of data halls and critical power and cooling systems supporting over 30+ MW of IT load supporting multiple large data halls per phase. As the Construction Manager, our team led the program planning, construction and commissioning implementation to ensure the project met Owner performance requirements.

Furthermore, we were also chosen as the Construction Manager for the live renovation of two other large hyperscale data center facilities. Each facility with approximately 32 to 64 MW of IT load per location (Northern Washington and Central Wyoming).

The renovation included a critical power system upgrade focused on improving the reliability of the data center. This consisted of the new construction of: 32 MW critical power systems; standby power generation; medium voltage switchgear and unit substation; 480V power distribution; and power rooms / architectural build-out to support the expansion.

All work at these sites was performed inside live/active cloud computing facilities. All of the work was performed under the Method of Procedure (MOP) process.

Once construction was complete, we then commissioned all of the new power systems, and carefully integrated the new power systems into the existing systems without interruption to the data center facility. We were also responsible for developing and leading the MOP process, as well as the coordination of all of the specialty trades, including electrical, mechanical, fire protection, and all A-trades.