Case Studies

CCG Facilities Integration

Baltimore-based, world class data center and mission critical experts

Based in Baltimore, CCG Facilities Integration Incorporated is a specialty engineering firm focused on delivering comprehensive consulting services to organizations involved in the development and operation of mission critical facilities, primarily data centers, on a global basis. Founded in 1992 by Bruce Edwards, RA, president of CCG, the firm has been serving both public and private clients in this niche market for 23 years.

CCG offers engineering, architecture, technology planning, commissioning and management consulting services to support clients’ mission critical facility needs through every stage of development and operation.

Honing in on the mission critical industry

One of the traits that makes CCG unique among consulting firms is the company’s singular focus on the mission critical industry. “CCG is one of the few firms concentrating exclusively on this market, and we have been for more than two decades,” says Edwards. “This was our sole focus and vision from inception.”

CCG has been providing professional services to data center facilities before many firms even recognized the market existed. “25 years ago, data centers were a unique type of facility on the cusp of a new stage in their evolution,” explains Edwards.

“That evolution continues today as data centers underpin a digital environment that is changing culture and society in fundamental ways,” he continues. “To support the advanced digital systems and networks that are the heart of cyberspace, CCG has assembled a highly focused team, combining years of experience with an outlook of innovation and comprising key technical disciplines necessary to create a an integrated facility solution.”

Global reach

CCG’s key market sectors include: technology and communications services, financial services, government, intelligence, security and defense community, as well as corporate enterprise.

“While CCG has enjoyed working with the commercial sector since its beginnings, our growing involvement over the past several years with the federal sector has been very rewarding,” says Ryan Moran, PE, associate and senior mechanical engineer at CCG. “Developing new and innovative technology solutions that improve our nation’s defense and intelligence capabilities provide a great deal of professional and personal satisfaction.”

The firm’s highly experienced staff assists leading organizations in mission critical sectors worldwide. “We work throughout North America and have traveled to 20 foreign countries for our customers, including regions of Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East” says Edwards. “The company has established project management offices or professional affiliations to serve several major markets.”

Unique, custom-fit solutions

No matter the market, CCG approaches each project with a keen awareness of the clients’ business mission and goals. “The first step of any facility design should be to determine exactly what the client expects to accomplish with it,” explains Michael Mosman, PE, vice president and chief technical officer of CCG. “From there it follows to how the owner will operate and maintain the facility, and how it may expand or diversify over time.”

Since these factors differ for every client, CCG understands no single critical facility design concept can satisfy every owner’s needs. “CCG’s overriding directive is to match an owner’s mission requirements with appropriate, cost effective, resilient and safe design concepts,” adds Mosman. “As our clients’ missions are often rapidly evolving within their own industries, our facility designs must be innovative and evolving to exceed this challenge – in this CCG excels.”

CCG also excels in multiple project delivery methodologies, including design-build. From the earliest stages of a project conception, successive phases of design and engineering, through commissioning, CCG operates as a collaborative team partner. “In recent years, CCG has observed a shift in the mission critical industry to rapidly deploy data center projects through a design-build approach,” says Patrick Treff, associate and project director at CCG. “This approach is largely driven by the client’s objectives to expedite delivery of their product and improve their return on investment.”

“Both the design program and commissioning process for any mission critical facility carry equal responsibilities – to ensure the Owner’s business mission remains uninterrupted and operates at optimum efficiency throughout its’ useful life” adds Thomas King, PE, CxA, LEED AP DB+C, CEM, CPD, principal and director of commissioning services.

“For those projects, risk assessments and mitigation practices are included into each test procedure,” continues King. “These risk assessments are categorized for each project and incorporated into every test procedure to clearly communicate the test execution risks to the entire project team. As required, tests are enhanced with back-out procedures in the event that testing conditions warrant the discontinuation of the procedure execution.”

Repeat relationships

CCG’s longevity in the mission critical market has created trusted partnerships with many repeat clients, including AOL, Computer Sciences Corporation, Merck, VISA International, AboveNet Communications, Citigroup, Intuit, Digital Realty Trust, Sentinel Data Centers and DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT).

For example, CCG has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with DFT since 2005. “We are one of the primary engineering services providers to DFT, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and leading owner, developer and operator of wholesale data centers,” says Edwards. “CCG work with DFT represents nearly 3 million square feet of new data center and infrastructure construction. Five of these data centers have been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.”

CCG has been working with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) for more than 20 years, representing data center projects and supporting utility infrastructure throughout North America, Malaysia, England, China, India and Denmark. CCG provides a range of project management and technical services to CSC, including strategic facility plan workshops, site searches, evaluations and site reliability audits, architectural, engineering and commissioning services.

Driving innovation

Not only does CCG design the projects that supports its customers’ growth, the company is also at the forefront of industry-leading technology development. “We have developed a unique infrastructure design called Isolated-Parallel Power Systems applicable to the operations of many government and private clients,” says Edwards.

“Whether it’s the latest ASHRAE standard or a new computer rack cooler technology, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest industry trends and developments, and having the engineering experience and expertise to separate the reality from the hype,” adds M. Sam Sheehan, PE, principal and director of mechanical engineering at CCG. “Our expertise with Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses is second-to-none. Our understanding of critical equipment performance and operational details enables us to model and validate various complex and unique data center air system design options that may have otherwise been passed over. And with a successful CFD model in hand, our clients have one less thing to worry about when implementing a new design.”

With a keen focus on the data center market, backed by extensive experience and a team that champions innovative ideas, CCG Facilities Integration is poised to lead mission critical design for decades to come.

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