Touchstone provides data center and critical facility design, from conceptual consulting through detail design and City plan check approval.

Data Center Design

Touchstone’s core competency is reliable electrical power. We partner with or carry subconsultants for other disciplines that may be required, including architectural, structural, mechanical/plumbing, fire alarm and security. We provide design-only services for design/bid/build projects and design/build services, where we also perform construction and commissioning. Touchstone designs upgrades to existing data centers, new data centers in existing facilities and green-field data centers. Sizes range from small server rooms, MDFs and IDFs to multi- megawatt, highly redundant operations. The majority of our projects are in the tier 2 – tier 3 range of availability. Our design approach is to maximize reliability and maintainability within budgets, while avoiding costly upgrades that provide minimal benefit (prime-rated generators redundant utility feeds, etc.). We have extensive experience designing changes in live 24/7 facilities and working with vendors and installers to implement upgrades, while minimizing or eliminating planned downtime and risk of unplanned downtime.

The first step in design of upgrades or improvements to existing facilities is to validate as-built construction drawings as a starting point, or to update or develop as-builts by reverse engineering. Understanding client requirements is key to beginning the design process. Touchstone prepares and reviews design option pros and cons and recommends good/better/best approaches. Our designs are not vendor-driven, such that sole-sourcing equipment results. Our designs set up competitive pricing from leading vendors.

Regularly reviewing design progress with the design team and owner is important to keep the process on track. Attention to detail throughout the project, including vendor equipment and construction methods ensures the best outcome. The commissioning plan, including what will be tested, how it will be tested, responsibilities and schedule implications should be documented during the design phase and specified into major equipment purchases.

Touchstone Engineering’s data center design elements include the following: