This project involved a $25 million renovation to the HVAC infrastructure of the central data and 24-hour call center for NorthShore University Health System. The 10,000-square-foot data center is located in a 1940s era office building. In addition to providing new computer room cooling units, the project significantly upgraded the infrastructure to support year-round cooling load and redundancy requirements.
HVAC upgrades included:
Design challenges included the location of the new chilled water distrubtion system. The system was previously located in a very limited ceiling space within the existing building. Rooftop chillers were a practical solution; however, due to the facility's location within a residential neighborhood, extensive acoustic analysis and treatment were required. The chillers were provided with a custom sound-attenuating enclosure and acoustic screen.
The project also included expansion of the existing pre-action sprinkler system and installation of a new FM gaseous fire-suppression system for the computer room.