OIT begins DC2 power and cooling renovation

From developing initial plans, to conducting and analyzing cooling loss exercises, to investigating alternate plans, to meeting with contractors, it hasn’t been easy to prepare for the seven-month power and cooling renovation of Data Center 2 (DC2). However, it is necessary to improve service levels in support of critical university business processes.

The project is now in full swing and is expected to be completed at the end of August.  

On April 14, the DC2 Team began an eight-week project to install chilled water piping that will eventually support four new chilled water HVAC units. Installing the piping now minimizes the time the team needs to switch out the old units later. There will be no planned shutdown of IT services during this project.

On April 16, the team installed two new taps into the building’s chilled water supply system. These are necessary to support a new stand-alone backup chiller to reduce the center’s reliance on a single primary cooling source.

The DC2 power and cooling renovation will also include installing an independent backup generator to reduce the non-data center loads on the existing generator.

See SysNews for continuing updates on this project.