Demolition continued this week and is now 95% complete. The last significant straggler is the removal of all unnecessary HVAC ductwork and plumbing going through the data center space.
One big item I was thrilled to see come down last night was a monstrosity I affectionately called “The Octopus” — a large oval duct that cut through our planned data center space, with smaller tentacle-like ducts shooting out both sides. Monroe Mechnical cut it and capped the supply feed Wednesday night, and pulled The Octopus down Thursday night. Since our new data center will be completely self-contained it will have its own HVAC system, completely independent of the building heating and cooling supply. We aim to have a hot air return plenum free and clear of extraneous obstructions such as pipes, ducts, cables, and conduits.
Framing commenced in earnest this week. By week’s end, the north and west data center walls were in place, the conference room walls were in place, and the various offices, storage spaces, and meeting/break areas rooms at the west end of the facility had been framed. The only major walls left to frame are the wall separating the data center from the mechanical gallery and the bathroom walls.
According to the current project plan, next week is all about more framing, ductwork installation in the admin space, and electrical rough-ins. The week after that drywall starts to go up. I can’t wait to see it!
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