Upfront planning prevents unscheduled shutdowns.
On time and on budget.
Faced with increasing demands for administrative and research computing, Brown University needed to upgrade its crucial data center without shutting down. Building a new facility somewhere else was not in the university's budget or schedule. The project, located in a basement of a high-rise building, was rife with challenges.
HED developed a multi-phase plan to meet short-term needs while simultaneously establishing a ten-year growth plan in a more reliable operating environment. The master plan defined increases in capacity and reliability through the reconfiguration and upgrade of support and infrastructure spaces while the data center remained fully operational.
Carefully planned, choreographed construction upgraded or replaced all key systems. IT cabinets were organized into hot and cold aisles, network distribution was relocated into overhead trays, the sprinkler system was replaced, new and existing computer room air conditioners were configured into a loop and UPS modules were added. A new acoustically isolated operations center, separate from the noise of computers and HVAC equipment, improved the workplace.
The success of the project can be measured by how upfront planning while working with the university avoided any unscheduled system outages. The project avoided a significant cost of building new by making the existing facility work within budgets and timelines.