Firm name: Lane Coburn and Assocs.
Project building name and location: Intergate.Manhattan at 375 Pearl, New York, New York
Type of building and type of project: Data Center, Retrofit
Project completion date and project duration: 2012
Engineering challenges and solutions:
This 1,000,000+ SF, 32-story High Rise building is a purpose built structure that has an abundance of power and tremendous prospects from the connectivity standpoint. The design team is transforming this existing facility and leveraging its robust core infrastructure into a world class highly reliable data center. The challenges facing the design team include increasing the existing 18 MW of concurrently maintainable electrical utility service to 40 MW and designing both fully turn key technology solutions tailored to specific user needs as well as powered shell spaces in a high rise environment.
Solutions to the above challenges
The design team which includes Sabey Data Center Properties, Callison Architects, JBB Engineers and Lane Coburn & Associates. LCC worked cohesively as a team to provide elegant solutions that provide for scalability, flexibility and energy efficacy within a high rise environment. The team increased the reliability of the existing electrical utility service by providing new Electrical Service gear per Consolidated Edison N+2 redundancy requirements at a 13.2 kV service voltage while maintaining the existing 4,160V service as existing building loads needed to remain during the retrofit.
This effort required tremendous coordination between Consolidated Edison and the design teams and will result in an extremely reliable electrical service with 40 MW of total capacity. Another challenge included integrating the Sabey standard fully concurrent maintainable, distributed redundant electrical distribution topology into a 32 floor vertical environment while maintaining scalability and flexibility in a live mission critical environment. This challenge was overcome by intense team collaboration between all parties (owner, MEP engineers and consultants).
This collaboration included Phase 1, Phase 2 and fully built out space planning, “right sizing” of the electrical and mechanical components, developing an electrical system and topology that would allow for plug and play building blocks and understanding the market in order to ensure the buildings offerings meet the demands of prospective mission critical and high tech tenants.
The end result will be a very large (40 MW) mission critical facility in the heart of Manhattan that offers both Turnkey and Powered Shell floor data center space with unsurpassed reliability and energy efficiency from the electrical utility service entrance all the way to the servers.