Mission Critical

When downtime isn’t an option

We’ve been designing mission critical facilities for more than a decade, so Turner engineers have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the work involved. They’re familiar with the architectural and structural design issues, and know the challenges that data center IT designs in particular can present.

Read about some of our mission critical projects.

Mission critical engineering requirements

Highly specialized facilities require specialized expertise. Turner’s engineers have substantial experience in designing all of the following.


  • redundant cooling capabilities for extremely high heat densities
  • extreme density cooling systems
  • temperature and humidity control
  • heat recovery


  • low and medium voltage power distribution systems
  • paralleled emergency power generation systems
  • redundant UPS system design

Fire protection

  • pre-action fire protection
  • “Clean Agent” fire suppression systems (FM-200 systems)

Read about our design of Time Warner Cable’s mission critical power distribution project.

An inside-out approach

Our approach to data center design differs from some others. We believe that collaborating upfront with facilities and IT staff is crucial to maximizing room efficiency and load density, while eliminating hot spots.

By developing a detailed picture of the number of racks involved and how they need to be placed (in a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration), we “rightsize” the systems and features in the space, including overhead, “extreme density” HVAC systems, UPS systems, generators, raised floors, perforated floor tiles, and any other equipment required.

In mission critical facilities, all the systems are interrelated, and we make sure they’re sized proportionally for optimal performance.

Redundancy and scalability

Our systems are designed to maximize redundancy and to provide scalability so that HVAC, UPS, and emergency power systems can grow as more equipment is added.

Scalability means that your data center can be constructed for a relatively low initial cost, while allowing for substantial growth over time. Your capital goes to work for you, rather than be held captive in systems that sit idle for years, waiting to be needed. And designing with the future in mind means that expansion doesn’t have to require downtime, either.