Expansion and Renovation
The renovated building at the Lincoln complex (D’LITS) was completed January 2010. It was constructed within a $5.6 million budget (exclusive of servers and data management equipment), and replaces the old Data Center previously housed at Central Office. (It is the last phase of the sale of properties sold to CNM seven years ago.) As M&O acted as the General Contractor and M&O technicians, along with “open end” subcontractors, constructed the new building, APS saved $4+ million over the projected cost of open bidding and oversight management fees.
Formerly used as the Research, Deployment and Accountability Testing Warehouse (RDA), M&O began the fast track 14-month project with total interior demolition, leaving only the shell. Construction included re-skinning the building – giving the old building new life; new windows; interior tenant development; a complete new high ribbed metal panel roofing system; and installation of project equipment. The new Data Center has a raised floor computer equipment room, printer room, special conditioned paper storage, loading dock, high tech equipment staging area, and offices on the ground floor totaling 12,000 square feet. An additional 1,500 square feet in the mezzanine houses the pumps for the new mechanical system and the electrical equipment, and computers for the back-up power generator for the Data Center. Other features include:
- Dual entry onto the site and building of fiber (Qwest)
- New 1500 kVA transformer and primary electrical service into building
A secure mechanical yard on the property is a redundant synchronized system with expansion space for an additional 60-ton chiller and an additional generator, as the District’s technology requirements demand.
Research, Deployment and Accountability Testing Warehouse (RDA)
As the Data Center was moved to what was previously the RDA space, a new high security site was needed to house the District’s voluminous supply of books, testing supplies, and electronic and software materials. The new and expanded 5,600 square foot facility designed and currently being constructed by M&O, meets national security standards and represents a tremendous savings to the District. APS received bids of up to $1.1 million, but M&O is building the new facility, adjacent to the Data Center, for $425,000 (included in the $5.6 million Data Center budget). In addition, APS has eliminated the need for exorbitant yearly rental of outside facilities during peak shipment periods of mandated student testing materials.
The warehouse is being built with budget-conscious metal similar to the surrounding buildings at the Lincoln complex. In addition to the sorely needed storage space, it also includes a loading dock and high capacity (forklift rated) scissor lift, kitchenette, and administrative offices. Additionally, it is energy efficient, with an increased R-value of insulation in the roof and walls and eight solar tube skylights, decreasing the need for artificial lighting during the day.
Conference Center at City Center
The 6,110 square foot full-service conferencing facility for the District completes the major renovation of City Center. It is comprised of a total of five 50-person conference rooms and moveable wall systems in three of the rooms to allow expanding the space to accommodate up to 150 people in one large conference room. The project features a separate HVAC system with individual conference room controls which reduce the total HVAC load on the West Tower at City Center.
This on-site conferencing facility has been, since dedication, in full use daily by administrative staff, teachers, site administrators, parents, and the public. Meetings, training, and information sessions are conveniently held in the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex, eliminating the need for rental of outside facilities. Features include:
- A/V built-in projectors, sound system, and screens
- Light block/filtering dual Meco Shades
- Hub/Control desk for rack mounted audio visual server
- Fully sprinklered
- Hospitality/Break-out room with catering refrigerator, cabinetry, sink, and storage
- Fully operational White and Smart Boards