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UC Santa Barbara, North Hall Data Center
Santa Barbara, CA
Keeping the lights on.
A data center remains operational during major renovations.
Turning up the power—while staying cool.
The University of California at Santa Barbara’s existing data center demanded a substantial increase in both power and cooling capacity to meet the university’s high-performance requirements.

To achieve this goal, the original 5,000 SF space would necessitate a complete renovation, including upgrades to its mechanical, electrical and architectural systems.

This upgrade presented an additional challenge. During every phase of work, all network equipment needed to remain fully operational. If the equipment went down, the university could not continue to function.

HED developed a data center renovation plan and critical system redesign that kept this directive top of mind. As part of our work, we reconfigured the remainder of a computer room that had essentially been demolished, enabling the space to deploy new high-performing computing technologies including critical administrative computing equipment.

Leveraging the existing campus chilled water system, we incorporated a detailed control sequence and load shedding strategy to provide critical cooling through local chillers in the event of a campus loop outage.

By utilizing a portable diesel generator to provide temporary power during a series of phased cutovers, our engineers were able to avoid the need for a planned outage, keeping the lights on—and the University fully operational—from start to finish.
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Results
All renovations were completed without the need for system shutdowns, ensuring the university remained fully operational.
We completed a multi-phase plan completed to ensure the operational success of the construction as well as the sustainability of the campus network.
The completed renovation includes new access flooring, new access controls, and an expanded footprint, increasing from 5,000 to 7,000 SF.
Project Data
North Hall Renovation IDG-DC-28
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Santa Barbara, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
Study, Renovation
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
5,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$0.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified
YEAR COMPLETED
2012
Project Team
  • Stephen McNeice
    PE
    Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Peter Norris
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Wayne Drooks
    PE
    Senior Associate
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Eric Speenburgh
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • John (Jack) McCarthy
    PE, DCEP
    Principal
    Sector Leader

A data center remains operational during major renovations.
UC Santa Barbara, North Hall Data Center
Santa Barbara, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Keeping the lights on.
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