Touchstone provides facility and strategic assessments.

Facility Assessments

Whether an onsite engineering assessment prepares us for design, construction, commissioning or maintenance, or a comprehensive assessment or master plan is the required deliverable, Touchstone can cover all disciplines in addition to electrical power. Our process is similar for high-level assessments as for very detailed assessments. We survey and document current state existing conditions while working with you to document the desired future state(s). Then we develop a gap analysis and recommendations, with good/better/best options, budget costs, timelines and implementation risks as required.

Building expansions, reconfigurations, tenant improvements, and even green-field projects require assessments to document the starting point. Many assessments are initiated to address a specific problem. When a critical issue surfaces, owners may wonder if other key issues are lurking. Often, something has aged, broken down or failed and a basic repair or like-for-like replacement may not be the best response. In other cases, use changes may require understanding existing capacities and utilization, and whether major upgrades are required. A comprehensive assessment will identify and prioritize issues in the facility. Addressing problems provides opportunities to refresh technology, right-size equipment, improve energy and operational efficiency and plan for the future.

Data center facility assessments focus on reliability, redundancy and capacities of backup power generator systems, UPS systems, electrical switchgear, PDUs, cooling plants, equipment and airflow, telecom connectivity, fire protection and physical security. IT assessments focus on strategic planning for growth, consolidation, cost control, disaster recovery/business continuity, and include options to utilize colocation and cloud services along with on-premises data centers. As with any technology, facility and strategic planning assessments should be regularly updated.

Facility assessments include construction drawings and operating procedures along with operating staff and maintenance. Current-state assessments should be performed with an understanding of the potential future- state requirements. For example, if a new generator, UPS or HVAC system will be required, the footprint requirement and other details will inform where it could be located. Electrical or plumbing requirements may inform whether existing equipment capacities are adequate, or upgrades are required.

Assessments of facilities are sometimes required to determine the potential for significant upgrades or repurposing, along with any limiting constraints. Electrical power and other utility upgrade constraints may limit potential. The facility location in proximity to neighbors may limit noise or emissions produced by backup power generators and large cooling units. Limited rooftop, basement or yard space may limit potential for new equipment.