Northern California Greenfield Data Center

New construction; Northern California Greenfield Data Center; Morrison Hershfield

08/15/2013


Northern California Greenfield Data Center Project Photo Rendering. Courtesy: Morrison HershfieldEngineering firm: Morrison Hershfield
2013 MEP Giants rank:
92
Project:
Northern California Greenfield Data Center
Address:
California, United States (confidential client)
Building type:
Data center
Project type:
New construction
Engineering services:
Code Compliance, Electrical/Power, HVAC, Lighting
Project timeline:
January 2012 to October 2014
Engineering services budget:
$65,000
MEP budget:
$1.2 million

Challenges

As with any project of this size, the engineers are faced with many challenges. A representative challenge, as well as a good example of Morrison Hershfield's ability to innovate in order to save its client's money, is the HVAC system for the data center. The client had strict standards for reliability that Morrison Hershfield needed to adhere to, but the client challenged the to be creative in order to provide a system that met the N+N reliability requirements but had a lower total cost of ownership than the traditional systems that would be deployed.

Solutions

Morrison Hershfield's design incorporated chilled water CRAH units with EC fans. The CRAH EC fans’ energy consumption is reduced by 83% when operating at 50% speed as opposed to 100%. Morrison Hershfield developed a detailed sequence of operations which capitalized on the requirement of N+N CRAHs and the partial load efficiencies of the EC fans. The system will operate all units at 50% capacity. The design is incrementally scalable, and this simple approach to this system operation will save substantial energy costs over the life of this facility.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Getting ready for industrial IoT; Visualizing the (applied) automation continuum; Preventing VFD faults and failures; Using wireless for closed-loop applications
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.