BBK_1770In December 2013, SMU completed construction on the first component of its Data Center located at the south end of the former Mrs. Baird’s property.

Completion of the 25,000-square-foot facility will allow SMU to house both the University’s high-performance and general-purpose computing equipment.

Researchers, faculty and students will use the Center’s equipment to support experiments and research spanning disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, finance, economics, mathematics and the arts.

The facility also supports the production systems for the University’s critical business operations.

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) was issued by the City of Dallas on Nov. 27, 2013, and Substantial Completion was reached on Dec. 3, 2013. The final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for the Data Center will be issued by the City of Dallas when the Tennis Complex at the property’s north end is completed. (The entire property is platted as a single lot, and the landscape requirements for the final CO are tied to the lot, not the individual construction projects.  A TCO allows SMU to operate the facility as intended.)

Following the building’s completion, the next component of the project is the installation of generators that support the Data Center’s operation in the event of a power outage.

Temporary Generator

  • By early February, a temporary generator will be on site for 8-12 months to support the critical needs of the Data Center during a power outage. The generator will be located in the parking area immediately adjacent to the Data Center.
  • The temporary generator will be a self-contained, trailer-style unit with noise limited to 75dB. This sound level is equivalent to a typical home air conditioning unit.
  • The unit will hold 1,250 gallons of diesel fuel, which will allow up to 9 hours of run time when used in the case of a power outage.
  • The unit will be used only during power outages and performance of monthly maintenance.  This maintenance is expected to take 1-2 hours per month and will not exceed the maximum allowable maintenance run time as dictated by the TCEQ.
  • Fuel storage and air emissions are managed to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.
  • All processes are continually evaluated to conserve natural resources and minimize potential environmental impacts of activities and operations.

Permanent Generator

  • A permanent generator component, with capacity of 2.5MW to 5 MW, is expected to be fully operational by early 2015 to continue supporting the critical needs of the Data Center during a power outage. It also will be used when monthly maintenance is performed; and if, and when, ERCOT requires SMU to curtail power consumption during peak demand times
  • Any noise will be limited to 75 dB on SMU’s west property, which abuts to the Highland Park alley. This sound level is equivalent to a typical home air conditioning unit.
  • The permanent generator will be fed by natural gas served from the east side of the property and will be enclosed in a service yard screened by a masonry wall similar in design to other service and utility yards around the SMU campus.
  • Monthly maintenance is expected to take 1-2 hours per month and will not exceed the maximum allowable maintenance run time as dictated by the TCEQ.
  • Fuel storage and air emissions are managed to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.
  • All processes are continually evaluated to conserve natural resources and minimize potential environmental impacts of activities and operations.

 

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