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Capital Region Readiness Center
BKM provided m/e/p design services for this 65,000-square-foot facility, which houses the following organizations within the Veterans Administration: Office of Information Technology, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Management Strategic Healthcare Group, all in support of Continuity of Operation Planning and Continuity of Government activities. This facility also serves to consolidate existing data centers, computer rooms, and support assets from the various VA facilities in the region.
The occupied portions of the building include open-plan administration area in 6-inch raised floor (for wire management), conventional private offices, a shared conference center for VA personnel from across the region, and a high-density Command Control Center complete with a 40-foot computerized video wall and secure video teleconferencing with TEMPEST shielding. Access to each organization’s space is independently controlled and monitored.
The highlight of this facility, however, is the 10,000-square-foot Tier III Data Center, designed for 1500 kW of rack load with 48-inch raised access floor. The mechanical plant consists of 4 200-ton air cooled chillers in series with packaged dry-coolers (which are used for pre-cooling and free-cooling, depending on ambient conditions). The data center is cooled via 16 CRAH units fed from a primary/secondary pumping system in the adjacent mechanical room. A 40,000-gallon CHW storage tank provides 20 minutes of continuous cooling in the case of utility failure (while the generators are being energized and the chillers ramp back up to full capacity).
Power for the facility originates from two sources and associated pad mounted transformers. Three 2250 kW diesel generators provide standby power for the entire facility. Fuel oil storage consists of 3 20,000-gallon above ground tanks to meet the VA standard of 7 days of on-site storage.
- Client Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg
- Size 65,000 SF
- Cost $30 M
- Architect HGA Mid-Atlantic, Inc.