Dedicated team delivers Data Centre Deadline

Sixteen 5000 Amp main electrical switchboards were custom-designed and built for Stage 1 of Hewlett Packard's Enterprise Services Data centre on their greenfields site in the Western Sydney.

K E Brown Electrical Switchboards has successfully delivered another complex Data Centre project in the Australian marketplace.

KEB were involved in the project from the beginning and worked with Lend Lease and Norman Disney Young (Project Consultants) to assist with switchboard design issues.

K E Brown has so far supplied over 1,000 power distribution products, including main switchboards, generator switchboards, distribution boards and meter panels to the commercial towers (T1, T2 and T3), residential towers (R7, R8 and R9) and surrounding facilities (southern tower base build, recycled water plant and public domain). K E Brown are also currently delivering switchboards to the innovative C2 building and the Barangaroo ferry wharf.

The multi-million dollar project for K E Brown was delivered on time and on budget and in strong partnership with the project electrical contractor Stowe Australia and global energy management specialist Schneider Electric (Australia).

K E Brown gave us full support, managing design and engineering requirements throughout the project, while being most proactive in terms of purchasing the necessary materials for manufacturing and delivering the switchboards.

David GardnerVice President Power Business - Schneider Electric (Australia)

The sixteen electrical switchboards contained hundreds of tonnes of copper busbars along with high-level communications throughout the switchboards. The design took into account the tight temperature rise requirements of the customer and was successfully completed and modelled on K E Brown Type Test Certifications.

"It was a fantastic effort by the entire team at K E Brown. Everybody worked very hard, putting in a lot of hours to ensure that the project was be delivered to specifications and on time," said K E Brown General Manager Sean Peacock.

"There are few electrical switchboard manufacturers in Australia who would have the capability or capacity to fulfil a project of this scope, he said.

"This sort of complex program driven project needs a supplier who can deliver on Design, Manufacturing and Quality control. With our team of qualified engineers and our highly effective Quality system we were able to meet the delivery quality and design intent of the project. (K E Brown is accredited to ISO 9001 by SAI Global).

Schneider Electric said that it worked closely together with K E Brown to deliver the contract project on schedule - "K E Brown gave us full support, managing design and engineering requirements throughout the project, while being most proactive in terms of purchasing the necessary materials for manufacturing and delivering the switchboards," said David Gardner, Vice President Power Business, Schneider Electric (Australia).

"They were responsible for Factory Acceptance Testing in coordination with both us and the end-user before the switchboards left the K E Brown site.

"At each stage of the switchboard fit-out, K E Brown delivered within 24 or 48 hours as required. Then, after installation, they successfully carried out Site Acceptance Testing."

"The Data Centre industry in Australia is proving to be a challenging one, with complex designs and tight timeframes on virtually every project, suppliers really have to be prepared to make the impossible happen. K E Brown has shown that we are a company that can make things happen".