A National Clothing Retailer

Partnership and Collaboration to Power Up a National Clothing Retailer

The Challenge

A national clothing retailer was seeking a cost-effective method to install a modular data center at its central distribution facility in northeast Georgia. Prime Power was entrusted to engineer and manage the integration of new equipment, including IT containers (or PODs) into the existing facility while establishing new regular and emergency power service.

The retailer had purchased new equipment prior to hiring Prime Power. Therefore, Prime Power engineers and project managers first reviewed the equipment specifications and discovered the generator portion of the modular design was insufficiently sized to provide the same capacity for future growth in the Uninterrupted Power Supply, Data, and Chiller modules of the system.

The Solution

It was determined that a new 1500kVA utility service was required. Prime Power partnered with the local EMC to install a new service transformer at the facility, leading the:

  • Design of controls and distribution hardware for a new Service Entrance Transfer Switch, which enabled total site backup with the revised generator package
  • Administration of a short circuit analysis and breaker coordination study for the data center electrical distribution, including normal, emergency, and conditioned power circuits
  • Partnership with the IT container's original equipment manufacturer (OEM) providers to design and install a complete electrical distribution system for the new critical system

The Benefit

Prime Power delivered a new utility service entrance, main distribution system, and emergency transfer switch design, as well as the construction, installation, and provision of a 1500kW Cummins diesel generator that integrated seamlessly into other OEM components.

Additionally, Prime Power oversaw the installations of both the mechanical chiller package and the new security and fire suppression system for the modular data center. These systems were also procured by the retailer, resulting inPrime Power working directly with the OEMs to ensure all systems were fully integrated with several different manufacturers.