Our architectural designs adhere to the best standards and practices established by organizations such as EIA/TIA, BICSI, ANSI, The Uptime Institute 7 X 24, and Federal Standards such as FS 209, EPA Data Center Energy Star and EPA Air Quality Standards, and support codes such as NFPA 75, along with associated Building Codes and any applicable local and state codes and any applicable local and state codes (as example, in California, the California Building and Fire Codes (CBC & CFC), OSPHD for health care facilities and DSA requirements) and other applicable ordinances. In addition, as appropriate LEED®/US Green Building Council and Green Grid™ practices will be followed.
Layout: Appropriate adjacency of components, establishment of maintenance and circulation clearances, relationship of exits and safety equipment, appropriate process layout for efficiency of operations, minimizing energy footprint, visual accessibility of appropriate equipment, space efficient storage areas for racks and other magnetic media, location and distances to communications.
Structural: Design of any raised floor systems and ramps, laminar air flow supports, overhead system support grids, verification of load capacity of existing structure and design of new structure where applicable for seismic bracing.
Materials: Appropriateness of materials for dust reduction, cleanliness, toxic control, maximization of renewable resources while minimizing waste, low static conductivity, while providing durability, low maintenance and high acoustics property.
Our Life/Safety designs adhere to National Fire Protection Association Standards (NFPA), Factory Mutual Design Recommendations, and American Security Dealers Association Guidelines.
Hazardous: Planning and control of use and distribution of hazardous material including combustibles, toxins, corrosives, and oxides.
Fire: Chemical fire suppression (including Halon, FM 200 and Encarta 25) and purge systems, sprinklers (including misting), fire barriers, portable extinguishers A/B/C and priority matrix detection systems, fire vaults, annunciation and control.
Security: DOD tempest standards, RF shielding, access control, master key systems, biometric security, perimeter security vaults.
Safety: Water detection, earthquake standards, lateral/wind force standards, auto-dial alarms, toxic material control, shock control.
All mechanical designs adhere to standards established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Application Guidelines (such as Technical Committee 9.9 Guidelines) and Mil Spec 209 for Computer Facilities, and The US Green Building Council.
Cooling: Comfort cooling, process cooling, DX, chilled water, distributed system, heat load control, central plant, chilled racks, capillary-cooled computers, “Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle” concepts, LEED/”Green Design” concepts, including maximizing “free cooling”.
Air Quality: Filtration by particle size and mass, gaseous control, makeup air, room pressurization, filtered air-distribution patterns, bio-contamination control, construction and material selection, ventilation and makeup air.
Process Piping: Plumbing and fluid distribution including clean piping, air, DI water, chemical distribution, and chemical wastewater extraction.
Humidity: Vapor barrier design, humidification qualification of building material, humidity (water) contamination control, vapor pressure equalization, enthalpy balancing.
Our electrical designs adhere to Federal Clean Room Mil Specs and Federal Information Processing Standards, Guidelines on Electrical Power for ADP installations, EIA/TIA, BICSI and NFPA standards. In addition, as appropriate LEED®/US Green Building Council and Green Grid™ practices will be followed.
Lighting: Task, circulation, security, emergency and signage.
Signal: Security and alarm systems, special controls, voice communication, data communication, networking systems, microwave, fiber optics, paging, Tele-Video and cellular and wireless network systems.
Power: High efficiency designs for filters, voltage regulators, isolation transformers, magnetic synthesizers, surge arresters, motor generators and paralleling switchgear, uninterruptible power systems (UPS) (static and rotary), cogeneration, and dual path distribution, including modular busway systems. Provide systems with minimum or zero “carbon footprint”, including modular power systems, and alternate energy sources such as PV systems.
Grounding: Material conductivity, static paths, ion generators, circuit desensitization, ground voltage balance, RF shielding, lighting.