Power Requirements for a new Building

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Does anybody have a recomendation of what to tell a landloard for incoming power requirements for a 1000 user + company. This would be new construction and I'm wondering if there is unique power requirements we should ask for beyond just having power for our server room.

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Enough power for all the desktops. I’d guess about 700w per PC (if CRT monitors don’t forget to include them)
Building AC for users and data center
If you’ll have TV’s, vending machines, microwaves, etc in the break room they will need power as well.
The cleaning crew will also need power for thier machines at night. Make sure that there are enough power outlets in the walls for the vacuums, etc.
Any network switches which will be in IDFs not the data center

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  • Bobkberg
    With a 1,000 person company, I would hope you have a facilities person to help with this. You have asked a question that is going to be much larger than your question implies that you have in mind. . However, let's start with the Data Center... Do you have a budget for the move? specifically, the data center portion? Do you have, or are you planning on UPS capability? If you already have UPSs, are they individual system sized, or larger such as Liebert? If smaller, make sure that you know the actual loads of each UPS (with servers running), and that you allow enough circuits so that no one circuit exceeds 80% of the rated load - That's NEC (National Electrical Code) for full-time loads - which most data centers are. Personally, I'd recommend that you plan for about 30-40% capacity on each circuit to leave room for expansion. . For cooling, you need to translate the maximum wattage load of your data center (servers, consoles, network equipment, UPS inefficiency, lighting, etc.) into BTUs. To do this multiply the number of Kilowatts pulled at the maximum load by 56.84. Once you have the BTUs, then an HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) contractor can convert that into "tons" for calculating the cooling load. . I've simplified a number of things here, but hopefully set you on the right track. . The key thing here is that you need someone who knows facilities, data centers, and project management. That may or may not be the same person. This is NOT a trivial project. . Bob
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  • EastCoastGuy
    Would you think asking for separate power feeds from two separate transformers would be required? I'm wondering how others have incoming building power. I'm both the facilities and datacenter manager.
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