Job Well Done—Ahead of Schedule

BIM&ConstructionTechnologyMcKenney’s installed a 900-ton air-cooled chilled water plant and associated distribution system for a new 1.5MW data center in Alpharetta, Georgia.


The Challenge

Turning an abandoned warehouse into a 20,000-square-foot data center was no simple task given the aggressive schedule. The McKenney’s team had to with limited space under the raised floor throughout the facility. Careful planning and coordination was essential to avoid losing capacity from reduced airflow to the computer room air handler (CRAH) units.


The Solution

Leveraging BIM capabilities, the team coordinated mechanical and electrical services to maximize heat rejection capacity at the servers. McKenney’s prefabricated most of the chilled plant, connections to the major pieces of equipment and distribution piping. Concurrent operation ensured the piping systems were installed as soon as the structure was ready, minimizing field installation time to meet the compressed construction schedule.


The Results

A seamless start-up, and commissioning accelerated the turnover of the Peak 10 data center to the owner.


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About Rick Dustin


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Rick Dustin, PE, LEED AP BD+C is the Vice President of Engineering Solutions at McKenney's and is responsible for leading and directing the engineering operations at our company. He has spent more than 25 years designing mechanical and plumbing systems for a variety of commercial buildings with a focus on sustainability and optimizing solutions for our clients.

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