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building technology

PROJECT

Thirty Years Of Protecting Records
The long life of CRAC equipment in a federal building surpasses expectations.

T

raditional industry wisdom says data-center cooling (CRAC) equipment will last and still perform
effectively for 10 to 15 years. But floor-mounted

CRAC equipment has been in continuous service protecting vital U.S. government records for 30 years at the John
Duncan Federal Building in downtown Knoxville, TN. It is
just now being replaced.
The federal building has been home to a wide range of
government agencies over the years, including the Social
Security Administration, FBI, IRS, ATF, the Department
of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service.
Currently, the primary tenant is the Office of Surface
Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), a division
of the Department of the Interior. Other tenants are considered classified. In other words, this is an important place
with important electronic records. Obviously the physical
and data security is what most would consider tight.
KEEPERS OF THE COOL

Data Aire, Orange, CA, Data Temp series floor-mounted
CRAC equipment, installed in 1987, has been cooling the
data-center servers and related equipment pretty much
without a hiccup for a 30-year time period. Two key members of the H&S Resources, Columbia, MD, team charged
with maintaining and upgrading virtually all aspects of the
building have worked with the building's installed Data
Aire equipment since the mid 1990s.
Scott Hawkins of H&S Resources has been the building
project manager since 2002 and has worked at the location
since 1997. He is in charge of all operations and maintenance pertaining to the grounds, housekeeping, and the
facility in general.
Chris Finger, chief engineer of H&S Resources, has
worked at the federal building for 23 years and has held, as
he puts it, "too many titles to mention." He and his team
maintain the data-center cooling units and other equipment throughout the facility.
After 30 years, one would think things might be getting
a bit creaky with the units. This is not the case.
"Your average heating and air units last 10 years. Fifteen
is pushing them to the max. Thirty years and still cooling

The John Duncan Federal Building in downtown Knoxville, TN, has been home
to a wide range of government agencies over the years.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture June 2017

The Architects
Mixed Use Comes of Age
Living At Clemson
Humidity-Control HVAC For IPA Brew
Modular Approach Curbs Data Center Energy Use
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Ramen Bar Fuses Traditional and Modern
Wood Gallops Full Circle In Riding Facility
Interiors Products
Lighting Elevates Guest Experience
Lighting & Electrical Products
Windows Restore Hotel Facade
Windows & Doors Products
Made-To-Order Masonry For On-The-Go Food
Historic Re-Roof Is A Modern Marvel
Digital Facades Rework Academic Buildings
Thirty Years Of Protecting Records
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 1
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 2
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 3
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 4
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 5
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - The Architects
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 7
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Mixed Use Comes of Age
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 9
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 10
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 11
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 12
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 13
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 14
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 15
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Living At Clemson
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 17
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 18
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 19
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 20
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Humidity-Control HVAC For IPA Brew
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Modular Approach Curbs Data Center Energy Use
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 27
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 30
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 31
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 32
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Ramen Bar Fuses Traditional and Modern
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 36
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 37
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Wood Gallops Full Circle In Riding Facility
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Lighting Elevates Guest Experience
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Windows Restore Hotel Facade
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 50
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Made-To-Order Masonry For On-The-Go Food
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 53
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 54
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Historic Re-Roof Is A Modern Marvel
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 57
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Digital Facades Rework Academic Buildings
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 60
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Thirty Years Of Protecting Records
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 62
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture June 2017 - Portfolio
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