DEEWR Data Centre Fitout

Project Management
$2 000 000 - $10 000 000
DEEWR Data Centre Fitout
 Client   Department of Education, Employment
 and Workplace Relations
 Sector  Office
 Value  $7.5 million
 Size  450m2
 Timeframe     2012 - 2013
 Role  Project Manager

In 2012 the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) reorganised its data saving systems and decided to locate its new 450m² data centre within the existing basement area of its national office in Canberra. The data centre, when commissioned, was to replace an existing off-site data centre and would be one of two duplicate sites. The data centre was designed to be capable of servicing a 500kW ICT load through an in-row cooler system with hot and cold aisle containment. It had a highly reliable source of backup power supply through two UPS units and a combination of diesel and gas turbine backup generation.

Through the use of latent power and chilled water capacity already available in the base building (including a tri-generation plan) the data centre was designed to be both highly efficient and economical for DEEWR’s ongoing operations as well as having minimal impact on the building’s NABERS rating.

Being located in the basement car park area, with limited headroom and other existing infrastructure constraints, the design of the data centre required a high level of innovation to achieve the required operational performance. The design solution not only achieved all operational requirements but was highly efficient with built in flexibility for future changes in technology and/or operational requirements.

While the data centre was fully designed and ready for construction in early 2013, DEEWR made a decision to stop the project and review other available options. Following this review the project was shelved.


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