Kansas City, Missouri – H&R Block World Headquarters (phase I)Apr 24, 2013
H&R Block World Headquarters (phase I)
Mechanical & Electrical Upgrades Phase I
Kansas City, Missouri
Due to the increasing demand and planned growth of the IT infrastructure, we were hired to evaluate the H&R Block’s power & cooling systems requirements and future needs for their IT facility. H&R Block needs a facility that will grow with the company, reduce response time, and provide reliability.
We developed a comprehensive plan to increase capacity of the power and cooling systems as well as the addition of a raised floor area to accommodate future growth. Also, we developed new maintenance procedures along with a comprehensive maintenance program which schedules all maintenance and testing activities a year in advance.
We increased power infrastructure by adding a new 100 kVA UPS module and power distribution unit (PDU). In addition, we increased cooling capacity by adding two additional 30-ton air cooled air conditioning systems.
sys-tek implemented new data center management programs, which included a complete survey and circuit test of every circuit serving the raised floor. Using this data, we implemented a circuit management program that allowed H&R Block to configure critical applications using dual cord equipment fed from two separate UPS sources.
We installed a new control monitoring system using a web based host front end, which allows access to monitor critical MEP equipment such as UPS, generators, air conditioning systems, transfer switches, and electrical switchgear.
All alarm events are monitored & e-mailed to the sys-tek server and key personnel telephones at sys-tek & H&R Block. This results in a reduced response time from two hours to 5 minutes. We set-up a grid for the raised floor to track rack locations, network wiring, and power. sys-tek developed & implemented new operation guidelines to manage vendor access, power, and network requests. In addition, we provided facility management for all maintenance and system testing for the facility MEP infrastructure.