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Schneider Electric Technology Center

Location: O'Fallon, MO
Completed: 2007
Client: America Power Conversion
Size: 98,000 SF

Providing power for a manufacturer of backup power products is a daunting challenge, but Guarantee Electrical was more than up to the test – completing the demanding work on time and under budget. Guarantee partnered with technology giant American Power Conversion (APC) for design-build electrical construction of the new Schneider Electric Technology Center.

The demonstration, training and technology test facility gives APC customers unique hands-on experiences with the latest technologies in a facility where “what-if” scenarios can be simulated to test their planned data center technology.

The 98,000-square-foot building on the APC campus accommodates three distinct uses:

Processing data in a state-of-the-art data center serving the multi-billion-dollar corporation
Testing data center technology in laboratories equipped with high-performance electrical and mechanical systems
Training customers, partners and associates in training rooms and demonstration space with an elaborate audio-visual system for presenting the entire APC product line, plus a pre-function space and executive conference room 

Virtually any power or environmental condition can be simulated in the Schneider Electric testing facility. Its environmentally-controlled air chamber can mimic conditions ranging from a tropical rain forest to the Arctic Circle. In addition, equipment can be tested at voltages ranging from 200 to 500 volts through the use of Variac autotransformer technology.

To meet APC’s power demand specifications, Guarantee installed a two-mile long, 34.5 KV overhead line extension and a new 34.5KV/12.47KV customer substation. Power was then distributed at 12,470 volts to three unit substations with a total capacity of 10.7 MVA. Power was further distributed at 480/277V to serve major mechanical equipment, test labs, data center and building loads.

To meet critical power needs, a two-megawatt generator was installed to ensure life safety and major mechanical backup power in the event of a utility outage, with provisions for two additional units.

Through the facility’s building automation system, the generator also can be used for equipment testing purposes.

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