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Please take a look at the case studies below. These represent our quality and experience in conceptual design, building and maintaining mission critical facilities.
Project Location:Mississauga, Ontario
Certifications:LEED Silver Certified Building
CRSC was approached for the design, engineering and construction of a 1,400sq.ft. data centre for a financial institution. The project included the demolition of existing office space to accommodate the new data centre. The data centre was to be located on the second floor of an existing building, and consists of a curved wall of window exposed to natural light. 151 Front Street in Toronto is one of the most high profile data centre locations in the country, and an ideal location for this client to build its new data centre. The location boasts impressive power reliability with redundant incoming power streams supported with 25 back-up generators and four diesel fuel storage facilities. This location is cooled using the Enwave deep lake water cooling system – which coincides with the client’s environmental goals. CRSC partnered with this client for the design, construction, and project management of this new 1,100sq.ft. data centre. Previously office space, major renovations were required to accommodate the complexity and weight of the equipment. This included a 20’ long x 3’ deep suspended platform which was designed and built for the electrical equipment. The site was designed for up to 40 racks with a UPS system, batteries, switch gear, I/O cabinet, ATS system, transformer, maintenance bypass, bus bar, and the cabling for the power and communications. The HVAC system consists of four ceiling units and one in-row system, with rough-ins completed for future load requirements. In addition to the design, construction and project management, CRSC also performs comprehensive preventative maintenance on the UPS system. Housed directly above the data centre are three generators for the building. The weight of the generators required the room to be originally constructed with metal support beams across the ceiling. The beams have a major impact on the floor to ceiling height of the room, and prohibited any opportunity to utilize a raised floor in the space. The client had requested ceiling mounted air conditioners; therefore the systems were installed in areas where the beams would not affect the unit or air flow with ducting routed accordingly. The lack of a raised floor impeded cabling under the floor, and therefore an overhead busway was installed to properly distribute the cabling. This client has a strong environmental commitment, which is reflected in not only determining the location for this data centre, but also in the selection for each piece of equipment within the facility. CRSC and the client worked closely to determine the right equipment to meet the current and future demands for the data centre, while factoring the importance of the environment. The UPS system selected featured the 5th generation IGBT technology and an industry leading 97% efficiency even at 40% load. The transformer selected for this site is a Powersmiths E-Saver-C3 – a high efficiency transformer designed to provide the lowest lifecycle cost. The E-Saver-C3 meets the US Department of Energy’s Candidate Standard Level 3 efficiency and contributes LEED through energy savings.
Certifications:Uptime Institute Tier III LEED
CRSC was contacted by this client to design and build a data centre which establishes a new precedence for the Canadian data centre industry. The objective for this client’s data centre was to build a secure and reliable facility where their clients could trust in the protection of their critical data. Immediately, Uptime Institute Tier III certification became a focal point. Tier III certification provides a higher level of reliability requiring redundancy of all critical components to enable concurrent maintainability. This means uptime will never be disrupted for equipment maintenance.
In addition to redundancy, all equipment required significant testing for uninterrupted operation during maintenance activities. This included the generators, uninterruptible power supply systems, static transfer switches, and computer room air conditioners. The testing focuses on emergency power transfers at full load, and multiple scenarios which may impact the availability of the data centre. CRSC spearheaded the entire testing procedure of Toronto DC3 which required strict planning and project management.
In addition to the goal of Uptime Institute Tier III design and construction facility certification, the data centre was designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Traditional methods of design and construction were modified for environmental preservation including recycling of construction materials, water preservation which includes the cooling equipment for the data centre, and energy efficient lighting both internal and external.
The data centre is cooled with innovative, high efficiency redundant systems which utilize free cooling. Accenting the equipment is a 42” raised floor which allows for improved air flow distribution. On the power side, the data centre is supported with redundant high efficiency UPS systems which feature fast-switching IGBT control technology. Supporting the power to the building are two continuous duty generators. Security is paramount in a data centre. To meet the needs of the client, the data centre was equipped with a mantrap, biometrics, and video surveillance. The fire detection and suppression system features sensors, a dry pipe pre-action sprinkler system, and Novec 1230 gas fire suppression.
While there are challenges with every design and build project, the completion date for the data centre was quite aggressive. The client required the project to be completed in less than one year. CRSC was able to complete the data centre – from conception to close out – in just eleven months. This includes all phases of the project such as:
- Project management
- Equipment selection, delivery, installation, and commissioning
- Uptime Institute Tier III verification and testing
- LEED certification
- Personnel training
This data centre represents the eighth CRSC has designed and constructed for this client. CRSC continues to provide comprehensive preventative maintenance at each of these sites.
Financial Institution Data Centre
Project Location:Toronto, Ontario
Certifications:LEED Silver Certified Building
For any financial institution, reliability and security are paramount. Computer Room Services Corporation (CRSC) was approached by this client to design and engineer a facility that would meet the expectations of a Tier III classified data centre in a LEED silver certified building.
Through performing a site audit, growth modeling and power quality analysis, the CRSC data centre designers were able to design a data centre that would meet the clients’ current needs while preparing for future growth expectations. For the 3,000 sq.ft. data centre, a 36″ raised floor was included in the design to provide sufficient air flow from the CRAC units to the racks, while improving the efficiency of the facility. A hot ailse/cold ailse layout was chosen for delivering the cold air to the front of the racks, while pulling the hot air from the hot aisle to return to the CRAC unit. The data centre was designed to accommodate 100 racks at 3kw per rack. An N+1 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system with dual static switches was included to provide the required back up power and redundancy to ensure the reliability of the data centre. In addition eight RPPs and two PDMs were installed to provide flexible output distribution with high efficiency. Providing back up power is a diesel stand-by generator.
The data centre was designed to accommodate 100 racks at 3kw per rack. An N+1 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system with dual static switches was included to provide the required back up power and redundancy to ensure the reliability of the data centre. In addition eight RPPs and two PDMs were installed to provide flexible output distribution with high efficiency. Providing back up power is a diesel stand-by generator.
Two redundant outdoor drycoolers with dual pump packages, and 11 downflow glycol-cooled indoor Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units were installed to maintain a high level of system availability. To enhance system resiliency and flexibility, the cooling infrastructure was designed to allow uninterrupted installation of future CRAC units. The complexity of the project was heightened when determining the best location for the drycoolers. The main building roof was not a suitable alternative as there was no available space. The end solution was to install the dry coolers on a secondary roof which would provide suitable access while not affecting the rain water collection. Security of the data centre was established with an FM200 clean agent fire suppression system with a pre-action sprinkler system. The system is monitored with branch circuit monitoring and 24/7 off-site support. For overall security, the data centre was designed with diometrics access control to limit access to the facility along with CCTVs, steel mesh re-enforced walls, and perimeter sub-floor steel baffles.
Security of the data centre was established with an FM200 clean agent fire suppression system with a pre-action sprinkler system. The system is monitored with branch circuit monitoring and 24/7 off-site support. For overall security, the data centre was designed with diometrics access control to limit access to the facility along with CCTVs, steel mesh re-enforced walls, and perimeter sub-floor steel baffles.
Project Location:Mississauga, Ontario
Certifications:ESA Certificate MOE Certificate Fire Suppression Certificate
CRSC assumed the role of General Contractor for this project, which included modifications to the Electrical, Mechanical, Architectural, Fire and Base Building. CRSC managed the trades, equipment installation and commissioning, as well as project management. In this role, CRSC managed the tendering for engineering and equipment, completed the design, and performed commissioning of all equipment.
CRSC was approached for the design, engineering and construction of a 1,400sq.ft. data centre for a financial institution. The project included the demolition of existing office space to accommodate the new data centre. The data centre was to be located on the second floor of an existing building, and consists of a curved wall of window exposed to natural light.
Equipment included a down flow air conditioner, and a scalable and redundant 60kVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system providing 40kVA with N+1 redundancy. The transformer-less design of the Newave UPS system increases operating efficiencies by 10% to 15% when compared to legacy UPS designs – resulting in lower operating costs. All power supply is backed by a previously installed diesel generator with a 1200L day tank and a 5000L underground tank.
CRSC managed the complete project from conception to construction to maintenance. As the General Contractor, all electrical, mechanical, architectural, fire and base building sub-contractors were managed by CRSC professionals, in addition to the suppliers for the UPS system, HVAC system, remote power panel, and commissioned all equipment in the data centre.
In addition, CRSC’s factory trained service technicians are specialized in all components of the power stream and are equipped with the most advanced power quality testing and diagnostic equipment. The CRSC technicians continue to perform proactive maintenance on this facility with 100% of continuous uptime.
This is a second project CRSC has managed for this particular client. Previously, CRSC facilitated the design and build of a 3,500sq.ft. data centre while acting as the consultant, project manager, general contractor and supplier of all equipment.