Mission Critical Design

Typically packed with vital computer equipment, mission critical facilities are driven by the reliability of building systems and are subject to Integrated Systems Testing to ensure installed systems meet specified performance goals. Addressing the high energy consumption and heat output of the equipment requires an engineering partner with a strong grasp of industry standards and building systems designed to minimize facility interruptions.

Highly aware of time to market and installed costs, Southland Engineering takes pride in helping create buildings that operate as intended, without unexpected issues. Our experience with mission critical facilities ranges from speculative co-location data centers to purpose-built facilities with 99.9997% availability requirements. Working with custom computer room air handling units, high pressure atomizing humidification, adiabatic evaporative humidification/cooling, and heat recovery chillers is simply second nature.

Through comprehensive lifecycle cost analysis, our team of engineering experts considers all aspects of a building system prior to system selection — including anticipated energy use, operations, and maintenance costs. During design, we utilize computational fluid dynamic (CFD) design simulation capabilities to identify potential issues such as cool air oversupply and air distribution short-circuiting. CFD also ensures that airside systems are designed appropriately to reduce the risk of hot spots, and develops energy models proving the installed systems will meet intended energy reduction goals. With constructability input from experienced professionals to identify and address areas of concern early on, our BIM models minimize rework during detailing and installation. The early integration of installation experts also allows us to identify prefabrication and other off-site manufacturing opportunities, leading to safer, shorter, and higher quality installations.