Project Overview

Schoolcraft College commissioned IDS to do a total overhaul of their IT infrastructure including the renovation of their existing data center and the installation of a new campus wide fiber optic network. The scope of work was not new to the team of architects and engineers at IDS but a few small details added major complexity to the project. The existing data center was housed in an old classroom without the ability to relocate any of the equipment, requiring full renovation with absolutely no downtime.

In Phase 1, IDS designed and managed the installation of the brand new underground fiber optic ring to feed the communication network around campus.

The second part of the project was a full update and renovation of the data center. Over time, this old classroom had grown into a full data center but now needed new power equipment, data racks and cooling equipment.

To manage the added challenge of no downtime during construction, the IDS team orchestrated a focused design process from start to finish. The final result was the due to the great communication and collaboration between internal and external team members working together to find creative and appropriate solutions. The final design documents for the project were like a set of do-it-yourself, step-by-step instructions!

The project was completed in February 2011 with absolutely zero downtime.

Data Center
Data Center Upgrades
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Project Size

1,476 SF

Project Cost


Project Contact

Glenn Cerny
Schoolcraft College

Project Team

George W. Auch Company
Construction Manager
Amcomm Telecommunications, Inc.
General Contractor

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