Equinix Data Centre SY 3, Australia

Aurecon was contracted to fast track design and construction

The brief was fast track design and construction to provide co-location space for 3,000 cabinets at a power density of 2,000 W/m2, together with associated building services including transformers, UPS, diesel generators, chillers, AHU’s and CRAC units. Equipment and components are configured to provide high reliability and fitted within the constraints of an existing government record storage facility of significant architectural relevance.

The original building was designed by iconic Australian architect, Harry Seidler, and constructed in the 1960’s. Planning restrictions limited demolition of the existing structure. Therefore, extensive space planning was required to provide optimum use of the existing building envelope to minimise construction costs and provide suitable maintenance access.

Key to the fast tracked approach was providing a single point of contact for all services and pre-ordering long delivery items. An important part of Aurecon’s approach to “greening” the data centre was specialised design and engineering to improve efficiency and maximise technical space.

The design provided a simple to operate, resilient data centre with the ability to expand without unplanned interruption of service. It has achieved a higher than briefed power utilisation effectiveness (PUE), ensuring a much more efficient product and ongoing energy savings for Equinix.

Future integration opportunities include the option to introduce airside economy or free cooling to reduce the operation of chiller plant and the activation of off-line UPS.

An overarching building management system (BMS) interconnects all building systems via a structured cabling system to provide monitoring visibility of the data centre without there being a single point of failure.

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