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GTE Corporate Headquarters and Data Center

RS&H provided complete architectural, engineering, and planning services for a four-story, 125,000-square-foot office building, a two-story, 20,000-square-foot technology building, and a physical plant building. The new two-story technology building houses the credit union’s IT department and data center. The second floor of the technology building is reserved for IT staff, whereas the first floor is primarily reserved for the data center.

Unique architectural features of the technology building include an earthen berm around three sides of the first floor and impact resistant glazing to withstand a Category 3 hurricane. Unique building power and cooling solutions include N+1 generator backup, redundant 320kW UPS Modules for distributed redundant power for the data center, dual coil CRAC units utilizing chilled water, and DX for a 2N cooling solution. The physical plant houses the campus' main power distribution equipment, the standby generators, the air-cooled chillers, and the chilled water pumps. The plant is fed from the utility power company with two independent circuits to increase availability.

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Peak 10 Data Center Solutions

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Peak 10 is a national IT infrastructure and cloud solutions provider.  All of the Peak 10’s data centers are designed to operate 24/7 with minimum N+1 power and cooling infrastructures. RS&H provides full architectural and engineering design services, including construction administration services for build-outs across the country. To date, data centers have been deployed in the following locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Franklin, Tennessee
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio

All facilities include the ideal balance between energy efficiency, affordability, and performance. A typical build-out includes multiple Tier-1 Internet carriers, +10,000 square feet of computer floor, 3MW standby power capacity, 2.25MW uninterpretable power capacity, grounding per TIA- 607 Standard, +900 tons of cooling capacity, multiple levels of security, double interlock pre-action and clean agent fire suppression, early warning smoke detection, fully integrated monitoring and controls, and hardening of the building perimeter to resist natural disasters.

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PHH Mortgage Data Center

RS&H provided complete architectural, engineering, and planning services for the build-to-suit, three-story building occupied by PHH Mortgage. The project included a 3,200-square-foot data center with 18-inch raised flooring. The concrete slab was depressed in the data center area to negate the use of ramps.

Mechanical and electrical systems consisted of 30-ton downflow CRAC units, as well as a clean agent fire suppression system dedicated to the data center with 2,000 kW emergency generator and 450 kW UPS modules provided to serve the data center and other selected loads throughout the building.

Design renovations and documentation to support LEED certification were initiated after commencement of construction. Upon completion, the PHH Mortgage Building was only the tenth private-sector facility to achieve LEED certification in Florida and the first in North Florida.

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Terremark NAP del Caribe

RS&H provided complete architectural and engineering services for two facilities located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The first facility contains 82,000 square feet featuring a 40,000-square-foot data hall surrounded by an equipment gallery. The facility incorporates multiple levels of security and hardened resistance to natural disasters and physical forces, such as hurricanes, seismic conditions, and terrorist attacks. Building shell components are designed to withstand 200-mph winds and ballistic threats. Municipal domestic and fire protection utilities are backed up by an underground cistern. The design followed parameters for a Tier IV data center (S+S) as defined by the Uptime Institute with power and cooling solutions to support the data hall. Design density for the power and cooling solution is 80 Watts/square-foot.

The second project consisted of a re-purposing of an existing two-story building shell originally designed for office/warehouse use.  The facility contains 111,000 square feet featuring an aggregate of 48,000 square feet of data hall. RS&H provided a scalable design solution to develop pods of approximately 6,000 square feet of data center space supported by modular systems of mechanical and electrical infrastructure designed to comply with standards for a Tier III data center (2N) as defined by the Uptime Institute. RS&H’s design included structural modifications, architectural, interior design, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection drawings for the build-out. RS&H also provided site planning, as well as construction documents for UPS/generator containers, fuel tank yards, and chiller yards. Design density for the power and cooling solution is 120 Watts/square-foot.

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Western Union Critical Facility Improvements

Beta Building located in Vilnius, Lithuania.
RS&H provided an advanced design package as well as consulting services through the remaining design and post design phases for the critical infrastructure improvements to serve 540 new critical user workstations and a new 900-square-foor- high density regional data center. Critical mechanical/electrical infrastructure improvements included a 2N Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) and Cooling System to serve the regional data center and an N+1 UPS system to serve all user workstations. All critical loads were provided with 605 kVA of diesel standby generation.

Beta Annex Building located in Vilnius, Lithuania.
RS&H provided an advanced design package as well as consulting services through the remaining design and post design phases for the critical infrastructure improvements to serve 200 critical user workstations and intermediate distribution frames (IDF). Critical mechanical/electrical infrastructure improvements included an N+1 UPS and cooling system to serve the IDF and an N+1 UPS system to serve all user workstations. All critical loads were provided with 275 kVA of diesel standby generation.

Regional Data Center located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
RS&H provided full engineering design and construction administration services for capacity and redundancy improvements to the existing regional data center. Design services included an upgrade to the existing single non-redundant distribution path serving the technology equipment by incorporating a second active path for a distributed redundant topology while maintaining service to the technology equipment.

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Seismic Data Center

The mission objective was to increase the critical cooling and power system capacity, redundancy, and availability to the existing Seismic data center with no interruption of service to the space.  

Power system improvements included the upgrade of the single non-redundant power distribution system to a 2N distribution system and a UPS capacity increase of 175kW to the existing single distribution system. System upgrades included the addition of a new 2,500 kVA dual-ended secondary substation switchgear, medium voltage from two independent sources, PLC controlled automatic throw over capability, and dual bus static UPS power distribution systems for the raised floor.

Cooling system improvements included the addition of water cooled up flow air conditioning units in the new electrical room and water cooled down flow air conditioning units in the data center.

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