The Johns Hopkins Institute purchased the buildings at Keswick in the Spring of 2010 and renovated the facility to house multiple organizations, which were located throughout Baltimore City. Concurrent with the MEP design for the tenant improvement projects, BKM performed a detailed assessment and retro-commissioning of the building’s existing infrastructure.
The assessment consisted of two 800-ton chiller plants serving a multitude of central station variable air volume air handlers, two 9000 MBH boiler plants, 13kV / 3000A service for each building with double-ended unit substations, and two 750kW engine generators. In order to support this newly concentrated workforce (approximately 500,000 square feet), Johns Hopkins identified a need for an on-site data center with an initial critical load of 600kW, and a growth potential of 2,400 kW of critical power. BKM provided a feasibility study for the data center, identifying a number of alternative power, space, and cooling concepts. BKM was actively involved in the systemic renovation of the building’s major infrastructure components, as well as the tenant fit-out of each department.