Colocation Data Centers
Durham, North Carolina
Owner: Data Centers
General Contractor: Holder Construction
Architect: O’Brien/Atkins Associates, PA
Engineer: DLB Associates
Consulting Engineers, P.C.
Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.
Building Information Modeling
Pipe Shop Prefab
Sheet Metal Shop Prefab
McKenney’s installed a new prefabricated chiller plant and piping loop
to support up to nine megawatts of critical load for a colocation data
center in North Carolina.
The project had a very aggressive schedule coupled with extensive
scope in a small area making the jobsite congested with both
personnel and materials. At times, the workforce on the project
exceeded 200 people.
McKenney’s utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM)—along with
prefabricating nearly all of the steel piping mains—to minimize on-site
congestion and optimize installation efficiency. Pipe deliveries were
sequenced just-in-time and set in place upon arrival, reducing on-site
storage. To ensure an on-time installation of the chiller plant, the
construction team created a detailed installation schedule utilizing
heavy BIM coordination, numerous trips to the factory and major
collaboration with all trades.
The content of this document is not intended as an endorsement.
With the exception of the chiller plant installation which took two
rather than the scheduled four weeks—on-site pipe-fitting crew size
was kept under 10.
1056 Moreland Industrial Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
3601 Performance Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28214