Project Profile: Garland ISD, Texas New Data Center & Network Operation Center
Elert & Associates was retained by GISD to develop an architectural program for a new data center and network operation center (NOC), along with a detailed design of technology systems. E&A’s work was coordinated with the architect of record and included requirements for power, HVAC, premise cabling, metropolitan area network (MAN) connectivity, rack layouts, and cut-over.
The data center and NOC occupy approximately 5,000 square feet and include redundant power distribution, centralized UPSs, and emergency generator backup supporting all systems. The data center is designed to consolidate the district’s file servers, telephony, and data network serving over ninety facilities in the cities of Garland, Sachse, and Rowlett in the Dallas Texas Metroplex.
E&A’s responsibilities included architectural programming, planning, and detailed design of data center layout and structured cabling systems.
E&A also worked closely with the owner in establishing phased cut-over and activation of the facility. E&A provided the owner representation in Schematic Design and Design Development meetings with the architect and MEP to establish facility tiering levels per the TIA 942 Telecommunication Standards for Data Centers.
GISD’s Data Center/Network Operation Center became fully operational in 2007 and supports in excess of 90 facilities and over 50,000 students.
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