Project Description

The key to the success of this project was the collaboration of all stakeholders to ensure that a facility with 30 years of neglect was transformed into a state of the art data centre. This building was of high critical importance as it supported the majority of Westpac’s platforms and banking operations.

The consultants were offered limited access to inspect the site to document prior to construction works starting. Their single line diagrams were complete however to design and co-ordinate the remediation works amongst the existing services couldn’t be done until FDC were granted the space by the client, ceilings were removed and services fully exposed. FDC methodically identified every cable so that their removal could be done in a controlled and approved manner.

The project was done in a staged manner to ensure that only parts of the facility had construction access at any one time.

FDC comprehensively remediated all services in this fully operational centre whilst mindful of the occupants in the building. We expanded existing halls under highly restrictive delivery methodology and a rigorous Change Management System. Consultation with Westpac (and their Facility Managers – IBM and DTZ) occurred on a daily basis.

The refurbished facility offered new Data Hall space (circa 2000sqm) where old rooms were converted into new – the density of each room varied depending on their size. A new HV feed was supplied with a dedicated 4km route from an alternate zone substation; new transformers were supported by a separate DRUP generation system.

Other areas of the building were refurbished and due to the nature of the electrical system were backed-up by existing older generators sets. These were ultimately replaced in a staged manner with temporary controls and contained  gensets in place to ensure redundancy levels were not compromised. To achieve this we needed to be aware of the increase in IT loads within the building as Westpac were migrating more servers into the facility as we were building.

In addition to this we needed to factor the time of the year that the generator replacement was done – to limit load and stress on the mechanical systems.

The mechanical system was completely upgraded to offer greater capacity to the additional data halls and for the new halls. New chillers, cooling towers, pumps, chilled water storage, and new CHW pipework were replaced throughout, whilst maintaining the operation of the facility. All historic single point of failures were removed.

Long lead times on kit were continually being assessed and tracked which ranged from suppliers of CRAC units, gensets, DRUPs, cooling towers, coil procurement whilst the co-ordination with authorities (power in particular) always posed challengers.

This project was awarded the NSW NECA Award 2012 Best Large Commercial Project and won the National NECA Award 2012 Best Large Commercial Project.

Project Features

  • 2,000sqm new data hall space
  • New HV feed with a dedicated 4km route from an alternate zone substation
  • New transformers supported by a separate DRUP generation system
  • New chillers, cooling towers, pumps, chilled water storage, and new CHW pipework

Program

24 months

Client

Westpac

Award list

  • 2012 Winner
  • NECA NSW Excellence Awards
  • Best Large Commercial Project
  • 2012 Winner
  • NECA National Excellence Awards
  • Best Large Commercial Project
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