University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Technology and Innovation Center
Tomorrow’s Data Needs Drive UAB’s Next-Gen Facility
Almost everything moves at the speed of data these days. UAB knew that they needed to evolve in order to keep up. RSP engineered a new, state-of-the-art data center and a research computer facility to allow UAB to be among the Top500 most powerful IT systems in the world. RSP’s Mission Critical team designed a solution that saved 7% OPEX costs over 10 years and saved 5% on overall building square footage, reducing carbon emissions in the process.
The data center is designed at Tier II with distributed redundant power system. The design utilizes an on-site battery storage system in lieu of a backup generator. Mechanical systems utilize campus chiller plants with a temporary chiller connection at the data center. CRAH units are provided to the data center. Overhead busway power distribution provides 2N power to the IT Cabinets. The data center mechanical and electrical systems are designed to minimize system losses by providing silicon carbide UPS, on-site storage system, variable speed fans and pumps on the mechanical system.