CRSC designs and builds 30,000 sq. ft. data centre in less than a year

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GTA Construction Report staff writer

Computer Room Services Corporation (CRSC) has announced the successful design and construction of the BLACKIRON Data (formerly Primus Business Services) Toronto Data Centre 3 in just 11 months.

“We have always designed and built data centres to achieve the highest reliability and efficiency standards established by industry best practices, such as Uptime Institute,” said CRSC principal Greg Eaton. “The data centre was designed to meet the requirements established by Uptime Institute for redundancy and concurrent maintainability, which means Toronto DC3 will never be shut down for equipment maintenance.”

The 30,000 sq. ft. project has also been designed to meet Leadership  in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.

CRSC operation manager Paul Vilayil says energy efficiency is important. The data centre features air conditioners with a free-air cooling system, 42” high raised flooring space to improve air conditioning efficiency, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems with a high energy efficiency rating.

“Tier III certification is weighed heavily on reliability and concurrent maintainability to ensure protection for the clients’ critical IT load,” Vilayil says. “Achieving this certification requires intensive equipment testing for uninterrupted operation during maintenance activities,” he said.  “The testing focuses on emergency power transfers at full load, and multiple scenarios which may impact the availability of the data centre.  CRSC spearheaded the entire testing procedure of Toronto DC3 which required strict planning and project management.  CRSC went beyond what was expected during the Uptime Institute testing stage by performing certain tests more than once and at higher loads than required to ensure the reliability and concurrent maintainability of the data centre.

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