IBM initiated this project to upgrade the capacity of their aging B009 data center in Boulder, Colorado. This data center was built in a former storage warehouse, and as the space was slowly repurposed from a warehouse to data center, more and more chilled water lines were run from the joists to feed new CRAC units until the load became too much for the structure to support. Throughout construction, the data center remained operational. This project also involved:
- Replacement of the end-of-life UPS-A system
- Removal of three 1750 KW generators
- Additional UPS
- Two power distribution units
- Seven static transfer switches on the raised floor
Working within an active data center approaching end-of-life requires a tremendous amount of planning and coordination to protect the client’s critical loads. Each shutdown was meticulously thought out regarding switching procedures and order of operations prior to performing work.