Mitigating Installation Risks

McKenney’s installed 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.

Cooling-System-Installation-Atlanta-1The 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 corridor 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.

About Chris Shirah


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Chris Shirah manages the Healthcare & Research team at McKenney’s, which specializes in healthcare projects ranging in size and complexity from greenfield hospitals and medical office buildings to renovations, expansions, and energy improvements in existing healthcare facilities. Chris, an Industrial & Systems Engineer from Georgia Tech and former McKenney’s co-op, works with his team to strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships with healthcare providers, operators, engineers, and contractors.

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