Ensuring Data Center Reliability

Joe Duggan, Communications

April 14, 2021

When it comes to data centers, reliability must be assured, never assumed.

The full range of services Olsson provides to data center clients includes commissioning, which refers to pre-operational inspections and functional performance testing that help ensure mission critical infrastructure performs as designed. Commonly abbreviated as Cx, commissioning requires inspection and testing of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems before new or upgraded buildings go into service.

Olsson’s Cx performance has garnered praise from 1623 Farnam, a carrier-neutral edge data center provider undergoing a $40 million expansion in Omaha, Nebraska.

“We are extremely grateful to be working with such a reliable partner,” Todd Cushing, president of 1623 Farnam, said in a news release. “This is a vital part of our expansion project, and I have complete confidence in the capable team of Olsson designers and engineers.”

Olsson’s multiphase Cx process begins with design. Our staff then observes equipment at the factory, verifies installation at the project site, and runs tests after installation. Finally, we perform an integrated system test with the goal of simulating real-world conditions the system was designed to handle.

1623 Farnam provides network-neutral, edge interconnection and data center services to clients that include several Fortune 500 companies. The company operates in a converted multistory bank building in the heart of the city’s downtown district.

The project entailed retrofitting an operating data center. We performed commissioning tests without interrupting operations, which made the project more challenging than greenfield construction. In addition, we delivered general civil design work for the project.

In addition to our work in the data center industry, we also perform commissioning in the commercial and industrial space as well.

“We solve problems for data center clients that other firms don’t want to deal with or can’t solve,” said Patrick O’Neill, mission critical team leader. “We do the extra thing clients need us to do – that’s what separates us from other firms.”

Cx is just one of the comprehensive design solutions Olsson provides to our clients, which include the world’s largest data center owner/operators. We are committed to the entire life cycle of a project by performing:

  • Due Diligence
    Comprehensive site evaluation, survey, geotechnical, environmental studies and permitting, and master planning
  • Design
    Site civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection (FP), information technology and telecommunications engineering, and associated public improvements (power, roadways, water/wastewater infrastructure)
  • Construction Support
    Quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), Cx, mobile labs; scanning, testing and inspections; short circuit, coordination, and arc-flash studies
  • Closeout
    Documentation, as-builts, building information modeling (BIM) management, building audits
  • Ready for Day 2
    Expansions and capacity upgrades
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