The rationale for this modular approach, Kenimer explains, was to keep costs fixed. “The client designed the project this way to predict capital output,” he says. “By purchasing from a fabricating manufacturer, they ‘productized’ the components so they would know exactly how much each unit would cost.”
Construction of the building would follow, and it would be on an aggressive schedule.
“When these structural modules arrived, none of the piping systems inside them was correct,” Kenimer says. “In some cases, the interconnecting pipe was too long. In others, the branch connections to the fan coil units were too short. There was even pipe inside the units that needed to be replaced.” He adds that structural supports for pipe were missing, too.
Having the units re-manufactured would have thrown the data center construction completely off schedule, costing the client millions. We had to come up with an alternative plan.
First, we brought in our CAD department. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM), they developed 3D renderings and a plan to rework the pipe inside and outside the modules.