SDS were appointed by the Main Contractor to undertake a detailed design for the relocation of the existing University data centre. The new data centre was relocated to an existing teaching facility on the opposite side of the campus
The Babbage building is located on the main campus and will be undergoing a complete refurbishment along with some new additional elements, starting early July 2021. In its place the University is planning on creating a New Engineering and Design Facility which will house variety of flexible teaching spaces for various facilities and student use
SDS undertook detailed surveys and supported the tendering contractors at bid stage to inform the project budget
The current 132KW data centre consists of a mainframe and terminal room, with a total of six racks consisting of four which is used for central IT equipment and two racks for faculty needs.
Options appraisals were carried out on the plant space and services distribution. Engagement with building control, UoP fire officers and estates services, CDM and specialist contractors were required to achieve a compliant solution within the context of the existing campus
Key challenges included:
Designed a 200kVA Standby Generator with the capability to support 48 hours running capacity and 125kVA Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) system with 10 minutes autonomy to support the data centre server PDUs and dedicated life safety systems
Isolating phase shift transformer to provide galvanic isolation during mains to generator failover
New MCCB and MCB LV distribution and switchgear
Rooftop Chillers in an N+1 configuration to provide data room cooling via rack door coolers
Fire suppression system using FM200 full flood technology. This included post discharge ventilation systems
VESDA fire detection system
Positive spatial pressurisation via Air Handling Unit
Dedicated Schneider control outstation
Campus blown fibre optic installations.
Proactive advice on the engineering requirements to meet the Employers Requirements
Provided a design to reduce energy consumption. This included heat recovery to the new rooftop chillers for future adaption to the campus district heat network
Designed the cooling system to operate at higher flow and return temperatures, reducing energy demand
Prepared and supported with the commissioning of the systems, including a watching brief of the mains to generator simulations
Prepared the design in Revit to allow the client and contractors to visualise the designs in a 3D environment
Utilised the Matteport Scanner during surveys
Prepared the fire alarm and suppression system cause and effect strategy.