1623 Farnam, a regional leader in network-neutral edge interconnection and data center services, has just announced that it has partnered with the nationally recognized, employee-owned engineering and design firm Olsson. With this partnership focusing on the data center commissioning procedures for 1623’s $40 million infrastructure expansion, Olsson will spearhead the multi-level process in order to certify that all aspects of this new construction are aligned with industry standards. Currently available for pre-sale, this expansion delivers four new floors of fully connected edge data center space ideally situated to support high-speed, low-latency connectivity requirements.
The assorted levels of commissioning — based on the ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines — span every stage of the expansion project, from planning and design to equipment testing. The process begins with the commissioning authority’s consultation on design and continues with test observations at the equipment factory, where the necessary elements are checked even before shipping. This commissioning process does not conclude until after the final reliability examinations (Integrated Systems Testing), which ensure seamless, holistic, building-wide system support. The meticulous, multi-phase undertaking ensures reliable facility operations that will run as intended across cooling, electrical and machinery systems. Once all phases are completed and all critical equipment assessments are successful, the facility is ready for customer use. 1623 Farnam’s expansion project has now completed phase one of the data center commissioning process.
Regarding the partnership, Jim Dyer, commissioning lead for Olsson, notes, “We applaud and thank 1623 Farnam for bringing us on board as the commissioning authority. While we are also experienced at greenfield commissioning, the 1623 Farnam project presented unique challenges as a retrofit with existing clients conducting operations in the building.” He continues, “It was exciting to use our experience and expertise to help our partner obtain the power and cooling infrastructure solutions they needed without interruption to their daily operations.”
Todd Cushing, President of 1623 Farnam, comments, “We are extremely grateful to be working with such a reliable partner on this project. This process is a vital part of our expansion project, and I have complete confidence in the capable team of Olsson designers and engineers. I have worked with Olsson on other projects in the past, in which they completed efficiently and effectively, so when it came time to select an engineering firm to assist with the commissioning of our expansion Olsson was the clear choice.” Cushing concludes, “The 1623 team can rest assured that all of our equipment is held to the absolute highest quality standards and that all aspects of our expansion project will function as intended at deployment.”