Mitigating Installation Risks

datacenters4Check out one of the latest projects by our Critical Systems team — the installation of additional cooling systems and capacity at Internap’s premium colocation facility in Atlanta.


The Challenge
Installation of the new systems in the multistory facility created material handling and site logistics challenges. With a 25-foot height from floor to slab, installation of 12-inch chilled water piping and large ductwork required use of scissor lifts—which added difficulty and risk. All roof work had to take place after hours, resulting in extended shifts and overtime work. McKenney’s also had to install piping over operational servers and other equipment in the ceiling of the existing room.


The Solution
Offsite pipe and sheet metal fabrication minimized on-site installation hours. Coordinated deliveries decreased disruption of regularly scheduled building activities. To reduce work conducted over existing servers and equipment, all welding occurred in the expansion space, and piping was pushed through the data center using roller hangers from the cooridor through the existing server room.


The Results
The mechanical system was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and injury free—earning high marks from Internap.


Check out the full project highlight below.



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About Matt Rothwell


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Matt Rothwell manages the Critical Systems group at McKenney’s, which specializes in data center projects ranging in size and complexity with a focus on renovations, expansions, and greenfield projects. Matt, a graduate of Georgia Tech and former McKenney's co-op, works with his team to cultivate existing and new relationships through the development and implementation of energy savings strategies.

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