No Interruptions, No Downtime

Project Name

Data Center Cooling Unit Change-Out

Project Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Project Team

Owner: Global Beverage Provider

Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.


Energy Management

Pipe Shop Prefab

Sheet Metal Prefab


Mission Critical


McKenney’s installed multiple replacement air cooling units at a large Atlanta data center that remained operational during the course of the project.


The Challenge

McKenney’s had to install one new air cooling unit per day at a data center that handles global accounts and has no tolerance for downtime. Detailed provisions were necessary to shut down and remove old units—and install new ones—without disrupting cooling in the massive server room.


The Solution

The McKenney’s team carefully planned each step, working long hours to stage installation in sequence so operating units would remain online while each one was being replaced. The structure of the raised floors were modified to supported the unit transfers; removing each old unit and stabilizing the floor for the next new unit. McKenney’s also rerouted the ductwork without shutting down the servers.


The Results

All units were operational on schedule with no data center downtime. For another more complicated data center—where space is even more restricted—the customer has requested that the same McKenney’s team perform the work.


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About Kumba McCritty


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Kumba McCritty began at McKenney's in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. Upon graduating from Fordham University, she has worked in sales, account management and marketing. Kumba enjoys being challenged professionally while also having the opportunity to grow in her position at McKenney’s. This growth has allowed her to become a Proposal Specialist, where she continues to be vital piece of the McKenney’s marketing team.

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