CCG Facilities Integration, A Morrison Hershfield Company

Innovating Mission Critical Systems

Newark Data Center

Project Overview

CCG assisted CSC (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation) implement a near total makeover of its data center in Newark, Delaware while maintaining existing production operations uninterrupted.

CCG provided engineering, architecture and technology planning services to support major infrastructure improvement initiatives at this 180,000 SF data center.

These projects were implemented on a multi-year, multiple-phase basis, from 1999 through 2006, including the following:

Strategic Planning Study
Establishing the highest development potential in terms of total power and cooling load, allocation of load densities, and levels of redundancy for the facility. Incorporated into this study were alternative computer hardware growth models for IT equipment critical power densities to allocate power and cooling resources on a variable basis.

Facility Assessment, Reliability Review and Gap Analysis
Review of existing mechanical and electrical infrastructure, to identify, through a gap analysis, the aspects of the facility and its infrastructure requiring enhancements to comply with CSC facility standards.

Electric Service Entrance and Emergency Power Plant
Upgraded with ultimate expansion to 10.5 MW of total power, including decommissioning of one of the three utility services to the site, provision of a new emergency generator plant in external enclosures, replacement of the existing open switchyard with metal-clad switching equipment, provision of new transformers and associated switchboards.

Critical Electrical System Improvements
Replaced the existing UPS systems with three new multi-module 2,700 kW static systems and associated distribution, including static-switch dual source power distribution units and remote power panels

Chilled Water Cooling System Improvements
Replaced the existing 1,200 ton water-cooled chiller plant with a new 2,400 ton plant expandable to 3,000 tons, expanded the waterside economizing equipment, reconfigured chilled water piping within the central plant and computer rooms to provide redundancy and capability for concurrent maintenance, upgraded the existing controls system to provide greater functionality and reliability, and provided additional air handling units in the computer rooms for capacity.

Comprehensive Phasing Plan
Developed the procedures necessary to ensure continuous support of ongoing production operations during construction through detailed construction phasing.

Integrated Enterprise Management Center
A new 22,000 SF Service Desk, System and Network Command Center developed by completely renovating an existing office space within the facility, and included custom-designed system and network monitoring workpods.

New Computer Room
An additional 16,000 SF of IT raised floor area with complete mechanical, fire protection and electrical infrastructure was developed through expansion into existing office space.

New Security Lobby
Upgraded to enhance security, including a new guard desk and monitoring station, high capacity access control system and secure entrance equipment.

Power Distribution Upgrades
New branch power distribution to computer equipment to ensure appropriate redundancy of sources.

Services Provided

CCG provided a broad range of services, including:

  • Strategic Facility Planning, Hardware Projections and Gap Analysis
  • Facility Assessment and Reliability Analysis
  • Concept Design, Cost and Schedule Projections
  • Construction Documents and Construction Administration for architecture, mechanical, fire protection and electrical engineering disciplines
  • Management and Coordination of related specialty disciplines such as structural and civil engineering
  • Equipment Procurement Management
  • Commissioning


  • Nason Contracting Group (General)
  • Whiting-Turner (General)
  • I.D. Grifith (Mechanical)
  • Furness Electric (Electrical)

Related Projects

  • CSC Norwich, CT Data Center (140,000 SF)
  • CSC Meriden, CT Data Center (118,000 SF)