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A needs assessment establishes the baseline for your overall data center design.

It is a much-needed step in the process to establish the requirements and “wants” of the IT department. Too often a data center is designed top-down and in the end, the IT Department doesn’t end up with what they intended to have.

It is very much an “inside out approach”, starting with the data racks and moving out for electrical and mechanical.
As well an “outside in” approach, determining Utility Service capacity, overall power and mechanical distribution and size.
The successful project matches those two perspectives together so that the facility is maximized for power and cooling, and the delivery to racks is as efficient as possible.

FGC Construction is an owners representative. We sit on the side of the owner as Construction Manager. Therefore hearing the needs and wants of the customer. We can then translate that into orders of magnitude, cost estimates, and provide direction to decisions.

Needs assessment covers technology choices such as:

Electrical System Choices

  • N, N+1, 2N, A+B Configuration of UPS Systems
  • N, N+1, 2N, A+B Configuration of Generator Systems
  • Power Distribution Systems
    • a-PDU distribution to RPP on data center floor
    • b-PDU on data center floor direct distribute to racks
    • c-Redundant Dual corded power to each rack
    • d-overhead power distribution vs under floor
  • Control Systems: SWGR, Building, HVAC, Gens, UPS, PDU
  • Monitoring: @ Branch Circuit, @PDU, @RPP
  • Technology Choices: Efficiency Comparisons, Factory Tours, Customer Site Visits

Mechanical System Choices

  • Capacity Planning, Technology choices
  • Air Cooled, Chilled Water, Indirect Evaporative, Direct Evaporative
  • Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle, Chimney Systems, Top Down Cooling vs raised floor
  • Redundancy Configurations
  • PUE Expectations
  • Control Systems: Aisle Temperature settings, air delivery control, return air
  • Monitoring: In Aisle, In Rack,
  • Technology Choices: Efficiency Comparisons, Factory Tours, Customer Site Visits

Please contact one of our FGC Construction Team of professionals today to assist in Needs Assessment for your upcoming project.

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