UNIVERSITY OF UTAH DATA CENTER, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
All electrical work connected with preparing a new data center; use of the highest quality materials to ensure maximum reliability for this mission-critical facility; power to meet both current and future requirements; satisfaction of tier 3 design criteria; electrical systems capable of withstanding seismic shocks; advanced life safety systems.
To transform an old bottling plant into a new, modern data center.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Wasatch Electric applied its considerable complex systems and technology expertise to provide this client with a complete electrical and fire alarm installation. The electrical system consisted of three incoming utility power feeds that can be expanded with two additional feeds.
The company also installed:
- Three 3,200 ampere lines of industrial switchgear
- Five one-megawatt paralleling generators
- One 2,000 kilowatt permanently mounted resistive load bank
- Three automatic transfer switches
- Eight 625 kilovolt ampere (kVA) uninterrputible power supply (UPS) modules
- Three UPS tie cabinets
- Nine switchboards of varying sizes
- Six automatic static transfer switches (ASTS)
- Six 625 kVA power distribution units (PDU)
- Two 225 kVA PDU’s
- Over 2,000 feet of 208 volt busway
- Multiple variable frequency drives
- Lighting and a lighting control panel with switches
Wasatch Electric worked with the design team to ensure that the highest quality materials were installed as per the owner’s requirements. Furthermore, as part of the project, the original building shell underwent a structural and seismic renovation, which included a seismically designed support system that will keep the data center running during and after a seismic event.
This system supports a new electrical mezzanine hung from the ceiling joists. The mezzanine houses more than 25,000 pounds of electrical equipment and is supported solely from the ceiling joists with no supports extending to the floor. The data halls are fed electrically from overhead with a system designed to support all of the 208 volt busway and lighting.
Wasatch also worked with the engineers to meet Tier 3 design criteria. Among other things, these criteria specify a concurrently maintainable site infrastructure guaranteeing 99.982 percent availability.
The University of Utah Data Center is a unique off-campus facility built inside of an old bottling plant. The building features two large and eight small data halls; a conference room with office spaces; staging, storage, and mechanical areas; electrical rooms; a yard pump house building; and separate UPS and UPS battery rooms.