Touchstone provides data center and critical facility design, from conceptual consulting through detail design and City plan check approval.
Touchstone Engineering’s data center design elements include the following:
Backup power generators.
Optional standby generators (not emergency life-safety) are preferred for critical facilities including data centers, server rooms, call centers, control centers and healthcare facilities. We excel with rightsizing, reconfiguration, complex cutovers and temporary power arrangements. We have designed and implemented many generator redundancy upgrades without the need for costly and complex parallel switchgear. Proper application of automatic transfer switches (ATS) and maintenance bypass switchgear is key. Quick-connect, roll-up docking stations and load-bank testing provisions for generators are increasingly in demand.
UPS units and central UPS systems.
For data centers, server rooms, network equipment rooms, healthcare equipment and other critical applications. New installations and end-of-life replacements, especially where rightsizing, reconfiguration, reliability enhancement, complex cutovers or temporary power arrangements are required. We have safely and creatively designed and implemented many UPS replacements and reconfiguration with no downtime required. Large UPS systems are increasingly deployed to provide a degree of battery energy storage for facilities for peak shifting, in addition to providing customary utility power failure protection.
Maintenance bypass switchgear.
For critical facilities including generator, ATS and UPS systems and power distribution unit (PDU) systems. We design power distribution for critical facilities that limit or eliminate single-point failure risk and allow for online maintenance “concurrent maintainability”. This requires avoiding most equipment vendor add-on bypass features that end up more costly and limiting than properly designed and implemented bypass arrangements.
Remote status monitoring.
Effective remote notification of normal and faulty operation of critical support systems has never been more feasible with today’s technology but also never more complex. Whereas only 6-8 hard-wired points were commonly available from older equipment, vendors now provide an unprioritized deluge of hundreds of points and analog data streams via serial feed, that someone needs to deal with. Touchstone helps clients navigate the complexities of BAS/BMS integration, stand-alone DCIM systems, network interface and wireless capabilities.