IBM Data Centres

  • IBM Data Centres

    IBM Data Centres

Project details: 

IBM operates its key Data Centre in Cumberland Forest NSW, and in 2007 APP was appointed Project Manager of the $30m upgrade of the Centre facility. It was a very complex project - APP had to maintain the 24-hour integrity of the Centre, and the day to day working environment of 2,200 people.

During the project, APP ensured that there was no interruption to the critical Data Centre, and APP’s procurement strategy realised savings of $2.5 million on the initial budget. With this saving, IBM undertook further works to increase the energy saving and environmental systems to the facility.

The project was extremely sophisticated, and involved the deployment of new, advanced technologies, as well as structural changes to the Centre. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems were modified to provide free cooling cycles, and a Rainwater Harvesting System was installed to supply the cooling.

APP managed the replacement of the main electrical, mechanical and generator infrastructure, including main switchboards, 6000kw of chiller capacity, cooling towers, an 800kw UPS system, three x 1125kw generators and associated control systems, and a new Building Management System.

APP successfully completed the delivery of the 500m2 raised-floor Data Centre on time and under budget, and the replacement of all the main infrastructure components of the facility, without any interruption of services.

The Rainwater Harvesting System is currently in detailed design phase with an expected completion of end-2011. APP successfully secured $500,000 of State Government funding for the Stormwater Harvesting Project.

Project summary: 

  • Client: IBM
  • Value: $30m
  • Services: Project Management
  • Sectors: Industrial
  • Location: Sydney, NSW