Critical Project Services was contracted by The Allegiant Group of Houston, TX to implement a multi-phased program to provide a new 1,000 SF Tier III data center for the Office of the Prime Minister of Angola. The DC project included a Virtual Conferencing Center, offices, work rooms, critical equipment courtyard and electrical infrastructure upgrades. Our mission was to work with Allegiant’s in-country operations (Tecnol) and produce the following deliverables –
Phase 1 was conducted over a two-week period in August of 2009. Representatives of CPS performed an exhaustive site evaluation of the area to be utilized for the new DC at an existing building in Luanda, Angola. The facility was evaluated for mechanical / electrical upgrades, the physical envelope status, related architectural requirements, and logistical issues to support the installation of the critical MEP equipment. CPS collaborated with facility end users to gain a perspective on what the infrastructure needs were from a peak demand and daily consumption standpoint. In-country design / construction partners were consulted to define scope and their capacity to perform due to the extremely aggressive schedule and constraints for operating within Angola. From the information collected during the Needs Assessment, CPS developed and delivered the preliminary design, the schematic budget, and a schedule that outlined the steps necessary to deliver a commissioned data center in the requested timeframe of eight weeks in-country.
Phase 2 commenced in October of 2009. The Implementation Plan required multiple parallel paths performed by teams in the US and Angola to achieve the goal.
Phase 3 – The In-Country construction services were implemented by mid-November, 2009. CPS, in conjunction with Tecnol, led the effort to successfully coordinate the installation of new utility medium voltage transformers, a 2N generator lineup, a 2N UPS system, and a 2N DX-based CRAC/HVAC system. A new VESDA system and FM-200 fire-protection system were installed and were integrated into a web-based monitoring system. The construction phase was made possible by collaboration and integration of a team of 15 professionals from the United States and another 15 design and engineering professionals from the local community of Luanda. Country nationalities represented in the project were: Angola, USA, Portugal, China, Brazil, Namibia, Spain, Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa, Mozambique and Norway.
From the entry point into Luanda to the successful testing of all equipment, an eight-week schedule was maintained. The new data center facility was the first constructed with a Tier III infrastructure in the country and is now the model of data center construction for the country.
Per our client - “We are proud to be a trusted partner to the Angolan Government and to be chosen to provide these Data and Visualization centers. It is the first step in a larger plan to assist the country of Angola with recovery from nearly thirty years of civil war,” said Tom Veronie, Vice President of Delivery for Allegiant. “Our team was given a nearly impossible task of designing, building, and commissioning the data center in ten weeks, from the notification to proceed, to the demonstration of facilities. The schedule was further complicated by a three week break in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays and for the Cup of Central African Nations soccer tournament, which was hosted by Angola. This was truly a phenomenal achievement by Tecnol and our partner, Critical Project Services.”