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Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
The new Systems Operations Centre (SOC) is a two storey facility that operates 24 hours, 7 days a week to support Air Canada flight operations. This facility is designed as a Tier II data centre facility as defined by the Uptime Institute.
The SOC features an under floor air deliver system for enhanced ventilation effectiveness and occupant comfort. Each occupant is in control of their own air supply to each zone. Being a critical operations centre, the mechanical systems featured N+1 air handlers which operate independently such that a failure of one system does not affect the critical operations. Additionally, high efficiency condensing boilers were provided to reduce natural gas cost for heating operations of the facility.
The SOC includes an N+1 redundant UPS system topology (capacity is 400kVA). The entire building is designed to be supported by an Emergency Power Generation System (EPGS) which consists of three 800kW diesel generators. The EPGS is configured to have a N+2 redundant topology where one generator can be removed from service without impacting redundancy to the critical loads. The electrical distribution to the multiple HVAC systems within the building has been designed to have a 2N topology where concurrent maintenance to the electrical system can be undertaken without affecting the building operations. The building is equipped with intelligent lighting controls which includes dimming in various areas of the building and a lightning protection system.
The telecommunications cabling system consists of redundant incoming services with full route diversity. The backbone cabling infrastructure consists of single mode and multimode fibre optic cabling. The horizontal cabling infrastructure consists of high bandwidth copper UTP cabling throughout the facility, supporting voice, data, CCTV, special data systems and various proprietary 2-way communications systems.
The security system for the new Operations Centre consists of a state of the art proximity card access control, C/W vehicle transponder system, closed-circuit television, electronic visitor management system and intercom system. All subsystems are connected to a single Internet Protocol (IP) network to allow the owner to take advantage of integrated functions though integration of various subsystems.