Auburn University Office of Information Technology

Category
HIGHER EDUCATION (UNIVERSITY)
About This Project

PROJECT:Office of Information Technology
LOCATION: Auburn, AL
OWNER: Auburn University
TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST: $12.9 million
DESCRIPTION: Design services for a new, 62,580 SF, data center which included a 30-person seminar-style training lab, assembly/maintenance workshop space, office and classroom areas.

The mechanical system consists of variable air volume air handling systems with hot water reheat VAV boxes. The chilled water system consists of tertiary pumps tied into the Auburn University campus chilled water loop. These pumps circulate chilled water to all parts of the building for cooling purposes. Hot water is generated via a plate and frame heat exchanger which utilizes Auburn University Central Plant 225°F hot water to generate 180°F building loop heating water. The office portion of the building consists of dedicated air handling systems for each floor. A central energy recovery unit system provides tempered outside air to each floor’s respective air handling unit. The data center consists of an under-floor air distribution system and an N+1 air handling unit configuration. Data center servers utilize a chimney system to reject heat in the above ceiling plenum. Wintertime operation uses the rejected server heat as means to provide perimeter heat in the 3-story office area via a supply fan and VAV boxes at each floor. Additionally, a backup air-cooled chiller is located and on emergency power to help assure on the loss of the central plant chilled water, the data center can be cooled. Standalone humidifiers are located at each air handling system to assure that the data center space does not drop below acceptable humidity ranges. Likewise, a single unit which is providing outside air to the data center has a dehumidification cycle to assure that the humidity range does not exceed acceptable limits for data center operation.

Plumbing fixtures provided were water conserving models. Automatic fire suppression system included combination standpipe and automatic sprinkler system with building served by a fire pump. A special hazard fire system for the 8,500 SF Data Center was provided. The special fire systems for the Data Center included a secondary pre-action wet system, double interlocked, activated with cross-zoned smoke sampling system. The primary fire suppression system is an ozone friendly Clean Agent fire suppression, activated with a cross-zoned smoke sampling system.

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