IBM was looking to upgrade the power backup systems for their 100,000 square foot customer data center facility in Greece, New York. A key aspect of the upgrade would be the installation and commissioning of a new emergency power distribution system to assure the facility would remain operational in the event of a power failure.
O’Connell Electric subcontracted from Skanska USA to provide the primary components of the emergency power distribution system as well as all systems testing and commissioning services. The $750K project took six months to complete. The electrical construction work included installation of three 5KV / 2500KW standby generators, 5KV paralleling switchgear, two 34.5KV / 7.5MVA transformers, interior double ended 34.5 KV transfer switches, and the control wiring connecting paralleling switchgear to transfer switches. O’Connell retrofitted the facility’s existing electrical mains to allow for switching from normal to emergency power, and back again, without interruption.
O’Connell’s Technical Services group provided systems component testing that included relays, switchgear, transformers, and breakers and carried out all systems testing and commissioning.
Global Crossing, a leading telecommunications company providing computer networking and IP solutions worldwide, built their new 90,000 square foot facility in Rochester, New York to consolidate regional operations. Construction provided for initial staffing of 500 professionals with additional space for expansion.
On a $375,000 subcontract with LeFrois Construction, O’Connell provided comprehensive design/build and CAD services with installation of all communications and low voltage systems for the new facility.
Included were structured cabling systems for voice, data, audio, video, life safety, and security (requiring 1800 Ethernet connections), fiber optic and copper backbone cabling, cable management and all cable support systems, 267 speaker state-of-the-art sound masking system, CCTV Access Security System, CATV feed for AV Systems, and 20 wireless network access points across the building.
O’Connell worked directly with Global Crossing to establish project budgets, stayed ahead of all construction and completed their project work in four months—all to 100% customer satisfaction.
Time Warner’s regional electrical facilities needed major upgrading to accommodate business growth and assure uninterrupted quality service to customers. The project was deemed ‘mission critical’—success being vital to the company’s goals and objectives in the region.
Retrofitting the existing structure with electrical upgrades and additions posed unique challenges. Time Warner awarded O’Connell a $2.5 million contract for electrical work to provide standby emergency power generation and an uninterruptible power supply system (UPS).
Equipment installations included: three 750 kw generators (with provision for additional generators), five generator control cabinets, a 400kVA UPS system with control cabinet (with provision for three additional systems), additional distribution panels, a thousand lineal feet of 225 amp busway, power logic switching and metering and a paralleling switchgear package.
Additionally, O’Connell contracted to render start-up and commissioning services on the new and upgraded systems. The new work was integrated into Time Warner operations without interruption to customer service and backed by a 3 year warranty.