Confidential Client Data Center #5

Mission Critical
40,000 sq. ft.
Sacramento, CA
2018 — 2021

This confidential client data center is a one-story establishment that offers approximately 40,000 square feet of usable floor space. The building was specifically designed to accommodate cabinet densities of up to 35 kilowatts. The completed facility sits within a 38-acre campus and is now accessible to the client's customers. The client intends to develop additional objects with power capacities of 20MW, 30MW, and 50MW in different stages.

As the capital of the largest US economy, Sacramento has a population of over 2.5 million, making it an ideal choice due to its robust infrastructure and connectivity. The sole data center location within Sacramento lies outside the 500-year flood plain and provides a reliable system far from high-risk earthquake zones. When working on this mission-critical project, VEC's tech specialists excelled at ensuring proper operational data center activities through 3D modeling services.

VEC’s experts helped build this modern project from 2018 to 2021 by providing high-quality electrical BIM & VDC services. They mainly covered 3D modeling of various electrical systems, such as power, lighting, telecommunications, and fire alarm (FA). Our skilled team utilized Revit to generate the required deliverables for all stakeholders and collaborated closely with the electrical contractor during the project. 

Using VEC's BIM coordination model, all contractors were able to visualize each building level and project site. This comprehensive view encompassed diverse data types crucial to understanding the data center's construction environment. The model included relevant building components and systems that greatly influenced the project's organization, coordination, access, and maintenance. Finally, to accurately represent the evolving project documents and equipment procurement, we incorporated specific equipment models into the overall model.

Electrical BIM & VDC

Our electrical BIM & VDC services cover power, lighting, and telecom system modeling. Also, the VEC team created a thorough BIM Execution Plan and shared it with all stakeholders to provide them with the correct understanding and management of relevant BIM deliverables.

Meanwhile, 3D systems’ models are vital to ensure their proper performance after construction due to the opportunity to detect and eliminate clashes quickly. That also strengthens project coordination as all parties get these 3D models and realize how the systems will be constructed on-site. After all, creating a unique environment that will offer student-centered learning is only possible with valuable BIM data and efficient cooperation between all contractors.

Civil Underground

VEC’s specialists deliver exceptional civil underground services for this educational project. They encompass various tasks such as 3D modeling, project management, BIM coordination, civil underground wet & dry (VDC), and onsite technology work. We have effectively utilized BIM software solutions such as Revitzo, Revit, and Navisworks throughout the project.

Our experts promptly document all design-related issues using PDF Markups and propose relevant solutions, including fittings and pipe length adjustments. Besides, we have created installation drawings to ensure accurate implementation in alignment with the plans. Lastly, our team performed essential tasks such as 3D laser-scanning, reporting on deviations from the current conditions, developing as-built models and drawings, identifying clashes, etc.

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With excellent electrical BIM & VDC services and the proper dedication to an up-to-date project, VEC assisted in constructing a data center focused on green power and energy efficiency. This contribution to the final build allowed Sacramento to expand its capabilities significantly regarding hosting data center operators.
Utilizing our 3D models for power, lighting, telecom, and fire alarm systems was critical for minimizing costs associated with errors, omissions, and conflicts.
VEC enhanced fabrication and installation efficiencies through the pre-assembly and repetitive installation of identical components.
We developed models specifically for the designated scope of work and established connections between them across various disciplines to improve coordination.

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