Progressive Insurance Data Center, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Mechanical & Electrical Construction: BIM, Plumbing & HVAC Services
TRAUTMAN & SHREVE VALUE DELIVERED
Continuous availability of mission-critical customer data; protection of advanced information and document production technologies; occupant safety and comfort; smooth, efficient project coordination with other contractors; avoidance of system component collisions; improved customer and agent service; retention of customer and agent loyalty.
To provide HVAC and plumbing systems installation services in three separate structures, while maintaining construction schedules and budgets.
HVAC, BIM, MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS
Using advanced building information modeling (BIM) techniques, Trautman & Shreve planned and coordinated its own work, while avoiding conflicts with other contractors and preventing system component collisions within the facility’s often highly confined physical spaces. This project management approach significantly reduced costly changes. Three separate structures required outfitting with mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and low-voltage systems:
- A 195,000-sf data center with 78,000 sf of raised floor
- A 56,000-sf post-print automation facility, connected to the data center by a security support facility
- A 13,700-sf generator building.
After preparing a coordination model, Trautman & Shreve began the mechanical/ plumbing services work. For the data center, the company installed four 750-ton chilled water plants and associated air-handling equipment, all fully automated to achieve Tier IV redundancy. For the raised data floor, Trautman & Shreve also put in 36 down-flow computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units served by two separate chilled water piping loops, interconnected to meet Tier IV requirements. In addition, to support the CRAC, the company installed a condensate wastewater system below the electrical underground services, a task requiring extensive coordination.
Trautman & Shreve further insulated Progressive from service interruptions by equipping the center with a 212,000-gallon domestic water storage tank. The tank provides emergency backup for the mechanical water makeup system and toilet room. It also supplies emergency water to the fire protection systems. In the generator building, Trautman & Shreve installed two 12,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tanks along with piping to serve three emergency generators. Like much of the work, this piping, too, fulfills Tier IV redundancy requirements.
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies began business in 1937. Since then, it has grown to become one of the country’s largest auto insurance groups. It is the largest seller of motorcycle policies and a market leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive’s new data center and document production facility enables it to ensure uninterrupted service to the more than 13.5 million drivers it covers and the more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies representing the company in the U.S.