Designed by ZAS Architects + Interiors
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
The Systems Operations Centre (SOC) for Air Canada is a two-storey facility which operates 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. This facility was designed as a Tier II facility (as defined by the Uptime Institute).
The ability to maintain and control the precise physical operating environment of the data centre was essential for the success of this project. As the mechanical, electrical, communications, and security consultant on this unique project, Smith + Andersen employed ASHRAE's standards for mission critical environments, ensuring factors such as temperature, dew point range, and relative humidity were precisely controlled to meet the needs of the space.
The SOC features an underfloor air distribution system for enhanced ventilation effectiveness and occupant comfort. This distribution system allows each occupant to control the air supply in their own zone. High-efficiency condensing boilers were also provided in order to reduce natural gas costs for heating requirements of the facility.
The entire building is supported by an emergency power generation system which consists of three 800kW diesel generators. The electrical distribution to the multiple HVAC systems within the building has been designed where concurrent maintenance to the electrical system can be undertaken without affecting the building operations. The building is equipped with the intelligent lighting controls which include everything from dimming controls in specific zones, to a lightning protection system.
The telecommunications horizontal cabling infrastructure consists of high-bandwidth copper UTP cabling throughout the facility, supporting voice, data, CCTV, special data systems and various proprietary two-way communications systems.
The security system includes proximity card access control, a C/W vehicle transponder system, CCTV, electronic visitor management system, and an intercom system. All subsystems are connected to a single Internet Protocol (IP) network, allowing the owner to take advantage of integrated functions though various subsystems.