Fortune 50 Telecommunications Company
New Switch Building
Salas O’Brien performed mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture, and interior design for this new 42,000-square-foot building for switching equipment and administrative space.
This recurring Fortune 50 telecommunications client is major national provider that routes massive amounts of data through switching centers strategically positioned around the country. These hubs are the brains that keep data flowing smoothly among users, and they require faultless design and security.
In this project, this client asked Salas O’Brien to provide mechanical and electrical engineering design, architecture, and interior design for a new 42,000-square-foot switching center in Redmond, Washington. The designs needed to accommodate the data center’s temperature control infrastructure, backup systems, and security access to ensure the facility stays faultless reliability and secure.
Our design solution included a VAV (variable air volume) system and a central condenser water loop to serve multiple CRAC (computer room air conditioner) units, heat pumps, and the VAV air handler. The heat-generating telecommunication equipment is served by multiple CRAC units supplying common overhead ductwork. Each room served by the CRAC units is designed to maintain operation in the event that one unit fails through the use of redundant equipment and an automatic DDC (direct digital control) system. Electrical work included extensive DC and AC power systems, including two 1250kW overhead cable tray systems for switch room and control room power and data distribution, and a fully monitored security system with central control room stations and secured entry station.
The finished building houses both switching equipment and administrative space, and our designs met and exceeded all of the clients critical requirements for security and reliability.