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 square foot 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.