The Thomas & Mack Switch Building is a 53,760-square-foot, two-story, tilt-up concrete facility. It serves as a communications hub providing Internet access and is connected to the United States Fiber Optics Network.
This was the first, ground-up Data Center facility developed by Switch Communications, who has emerged over the years as a leader in data center designs with their newest Super Nap in Las Vegas. Due to the critical nature to the building contents, multiple redundancies were designed into the facility including looped electrical service supply, an extensive UPS room and emergency backup generators capable of supplying uninterrupted electrical service for all building systems.
The primary cooling system consisted of a two-pipe hydronic system distributing from three cooling towers to 29 Leibert units. There was a focus on segregating the fresh cool air from the warmer return air that would be generated from the concentrated electrical equipment. Additionally, a dry sprinkler system was employed and tied in to a Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA system) to ensure immediate extinguishing and compartmentalization of any potential fire threats. An extensive security system employing mantraps and card control access throughout the facility to ensure their clients the safe keeping and uninterrupted service for all their data and equipment.
The facility also includes administrative offices, security monitoring facilities, and a pantry. In the event of an unexpected power loss, two emergency generators and a battery backup system provide for uninterrupted service — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.