By: Mike Starego, PE
For typical MEP design firms, buzzwords like collaboration and innovation are often used to describe activities that add value to owners and differentiate those firms from the rest of the industry. In reality, collaborating and being innovative are actions that all MEP designers strive to accomplish in their daily routines. Mechanical and electrical engineers routinely collaborate to bring complex designs together and coordinate construction documents, while also creating innovative designs within the context of their own trades.
Of all the data center markets throughout North America, Northern Virginia (NoVa) has consistently been the most active due in large part to its history. In the early 1990s, the region played a crucial role in the development of the internet infrastructure, which naturally drew a high concentration of data center operators who could connect to many networks in one place .
By: Ashley Hayes
One thing most data center owners have in common is a concern over water entering their mission critical space. With many data center cooling applications, water in some form is introduced into the air stream. Water in the airstream of a data hall can open up a whole host of issues. Those issues can include things like a need for reverse osmosis or chemically treated water, which can increase maintenance costs, as well as construction costs due to associated piping.