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ACI Data Centre and Offices, Ireland


ACI Data Centre and Offices, Ireland


    • Client:
    • ACI Worldwide
    • Consultant:
    • Arup (with Kirby being the Main MEP Contractor)
    • Project Description:
    • Full Mechanical & Electrical installation for Data Centre and Offices
    • Work-Scope:
    • New 2MW Tier III N+1 Data Centre (First Phase)
    • Value:
    • €5M

Project Description

Brief Description

This circa 5,500m2 development involved the conversion of an existing warehouse into a single storey Tier III Data Centre and office with a large service yard and rooftop area. This involved the installation of a new raised floor in the existing warehouse area and the construction of a mechanical and electrical plant service yard including an 80,000 litre Balmoral water tank. Our scope included for the M&E co-ordination and installation.

Design Capability

The new structure accommodated a first phase data hall, 3 LV Electrical Rooms, 1 MV Electrical Room, 2 Telecommunication Rooms and a 3000kg lifting capacity Platform Lift. The installation was designed with suitable levels of resilience, reliability, redundancy and availability appropriate for a Tier III Data Centre. To achieve this, two 2MW Cast Resin Transformers and a 2MW Standby Generator were installed along with 2 free issue 400V 3200A UPS Power Systems. The data centre was temperature controlled by a Liebert Evaporative Cooling Unit (EFC), 8 Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC) Units complete with 16 external condenser units and 8 corresponding Econophase Pump Units. An FM200 fire suppression system was installed for fire protection.

As part of the office fit out Kirby supplied and installed a number of general services, power and lighting distribution boards and PDUs. Again the office area was temperature controlled by 30 Air Conditioning Units, two 3Phase Air Handling Units, 18 Heat Recovery Units and 6 Roof Condenser Units. A 9,000 litre water tank was installed to accommodate hot and cold water services.

Overcoming Challenges

Due to space limitations and the large number of electrical and mechanical services, containment, piping & duct work, AC units etc. located in the ceiling void in the office area, we coordinated services using 3D modelling to insure correct installation and minimise lost time ahead of start date. We also completed the data centre in just under 5 months by utilising a double shift system and correct management of the construction schedule.