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Critical Environments Beyond the Data Center

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 15, 2018 1:15:00 PM

The term “critical environment” can refer to any environment that supports mission-critical functions of an organization, but across industries its usage varies. At Salas O’Brien, we use the term to describe a variety of environments including facilities that support mobile providers, financial institutions, broadcasters, or similar—institutions that rely on faultlessly secure and reliable facilities. But for us, it isn’t just the importance of the equipment and systems that makes a data center a critical environment.

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Topics: Engineering, Critical Environments, Healthcare, Design

Critical Environment Redesign for Major Mobile Provider

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 16, 2018 12:13:00 PM

As a nationwide planning, design, construction management, and commissioning firm, Salas O’Brien enjoys repeat project work with some of the country’s largest internet and mobile service providers. The stakes are high for these companies, and our team thrives on the challenges their business brings us.

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Topics: Telecommunications, Engineering, Critical Environments

Project Report: Critical Designs for Emergency Operations in Washington State

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 3, 2018 1:18:00 PM

In the northwest corner of the country, rough terrain and inclement weather keep residents on their toes. Washington's Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management employees are in the business of predicting, preparing for, and responding to not only environmental disaster situations, but also accident, crime, or terror incidents.

This planning for the unknown requires engineering design support that is both flexible and incredibly durable, so when the county decided to convert an existing warehouse into the new county Emergency Operations Center (EOC), they turned to Salas O’Brien for help. Our team met all of the project’s unique critical technology and infrastructure needs, including designs for structural upgrades, the addition of a new data center, and construction of a new 150-foot antenna tower.

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Topics: Critical Environments

Project Report: Performance Excellence in Critical Network Equipment Centers

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 12, 2017 4:17:00 PM

The Critical Environments team at Salas O’Brien tackles some of the most technically complex telecom and data center projects in the world. We have a tremendous depth of experience designing in this fast-paced, continually evolving building type. One such project, for a Fortune 15 telecommunications company, delivered a network equipment center (NEC) in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Topics: Energy savings, Critical Facilities, Engineering, Technology, Network Equipment Centers, Critical Environments

From Bomb Shelter to Data Center: Meeting the Demands of a Bright, Productive Future

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Sep 6, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Digital Realty is the world's largest full-scale data center provider. Situating a data center in Atlanta was a no-brainer: it’s home to the southeast's largest concentration of telecommunications companies and sits atop most of the fiber connecting New York and Florida. And believe it or not, a 1950s building originally designed to serve as a printing press and bomb shelter was the perfect match. Salas O'Brien embraced the unique challenges this project presented, tailoring designs and finding ways to balance project cost, maintenance, and performance.

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Topics: Critical Facilities, Engineering, Atlanta, Technology, Data Centers, Critical Environments

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