Experiences

Adding Power Without Losing Power

McKenney’s installed data center power monitoring controls at the bureau office of a 24/7 cable news network in Washington, D.C.

THE CHALLENGE

To keep the high-profile cable news bureau up and running, McKenney’s needed to add maximum power redundancy within the owner’s existing building automation system (BAS) infrastructure. New power monitoring controls had to be installed in this live data center with finite power availability. Not a single circuit breaker could be turned off or accidentally tripped during the project, requiring careful, remote coordination with other contractors.

THE SOLUTION

The McKenney’s team maintained frequent, direct communication with the onsite electrical contractor to obtain scheduling information and confirm the validity of measured values once end-user devices were integrated. As a result, the power meters were seamlessly integrated into the BAS system without any power loss.

THE RESULTS

The owner can now view data on power consumption, normal conditions and alerts to abnormal conditions and react accordingly. Electrical loads also help validate temperature fluctuations via HVAC sensors distributed throughout the data center.

Project Name

Cable News Network Phase 2 Power Monitoring Controls

Location

Washington, D.C.

Team

Owner: Broadcast Network
General Contractor: HITT Contracting Inc.
Architect: Lawson Group Architects, Inc.
Engineer: HPD Engineers, LLC
Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.

Specializations
Markets
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Mission Critical