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Designed by WZMH Architects
This new data centre is five-storeys and covers 236,000 square feet, while housing approximately 140,000 square feet of "white space" for servers. The 35,700 square foot fifth floor is dedicated to the building systems and generator space. The screen-enclosed rooftop penthouse provides an additional area for mechanical units. The project design was completed in BIM. The contractors utilized the model directly to assist with fabrication and interference drawings as well to produce as-built drawings.
This co-location data centre facility is designed to provide over 3000 tons of mechanical cooling from magnetic bearing oil free chillers along with PLC controls and a maximized free cooling cycle. All equipment is provided with N+1 redundancy and the main systems are looped, providing two paths for all critical services. The building is targeting an annualized full build power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 to 1.3.
The building is designed to a maximum capacity of 16MW which will be connected to the Toronto Hydro grid. The electrical distribution topology employs IBX Block Redundant infrastructure. Each block is made up of two 1100kVA single module UPSs, a 2.5MVA transformer to support the UPSs and mechanical cooling loads on the normal power side and a 2.5kW emergency stand-by diesel generator. There are seven blocks in total where one of the blocks is the redundant 'Catcher' block. The electrical UPS distribution to the critical loads is a 2N configuration. The lighting and lighting controls are designed in a modular fashion. The lighting control system can be expanded and modified easily depending on the client's demands. Most of the light fixtures within the building are LED.