Creating a High-Performance Data/Server Room

BY Burns Mechanical IN HVAC Equipment, Service

The Burns special projects team recently completed a delicate HVAC upgrade to a fully functional 24/7 clean room data center. Through a clever re-piping and phasing plan we were able to significantly boost system redundancy and efficiency, while keeping the facility online without interruption throughout the retrofit process.



  • Pre- and post-project installed cooling capacity remained unchanged, at 180-tons, yet our re-piping strategy led to improving the redundancy characteristics from zero to N+3! This will allow the owner to grow server capacity without spending additional HVAC-related capital.
  • Structural upgrades accommodated changes in unit dimensions, while eliminating HVAC-induced vibration
  • Keeping the systems fully functional throughout the construction process necessitated extensive planning and a creative rigging plan