The nearly 40-year-old data center on Princeton University’s campus
was approaching operational limits, and its replacement, several years
in the planning, was to break ground in 2010. This two-story, 47,000 sq.
ft., High-Performance Research Computing Center facility would require
very sophisticated HVAC equipment to be installed by Binsky & Snyder.
Housing 1,800 computers and the university’s supercomputer, TIGRESS
– capable of generating prediction models for hurricane paths, galaxy
formation and fusion energy – it would be extremely important to
keep this facility running cool and efficient. Binsky & Snyder’s
mechanical installation included:
- 3 cooling towers 1800 GPM per cell
3 chillers that maintain water temperature at 45 degrees
Fahrenheit 500 tons & 800 GPM each
- 4 air handling units with air-side economizers 45,000 CFM each
- A secondary chilled water loop to provide water cooling to high-performance computers
- Piping for an on-site 97,000 gallon thermal storage tank of pre-cooled water
- 585 ton absorption chiller
Fabricating all the steel pipe for this project and 90% of the welding,
our team kept construction running proficiently, on and off the job site.