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Cool Solution at BYU-Idaho

BYU-Idaho Campus Data Centers, Renovation
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Rexburg, ID
March 2008

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Eliminated need for water treatment, reducing maintenance costs
  • Lightweight PP-R was easier to work with than steel
  • Natural R-value reduced insulation requirements

The Challenge

Upgrading data centers to a chilled water cooling system while keeping them operational.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s heat fusion delivered long-lasting pipe connections without an open flame.

Situated in Rexburg, ID, the Brigham Young University-Idaho campus is home to roughly 12,000 students and includes about 40 buildings on 400 acres. The university's administrators had long sought to upgrade its data centers from traditional UPS and single module/non-scalable air conditioning products. In winter 2008, they decided to significantly upgrade the school’s IT infrastructure. However, they also needed to upgrade the cooling centers at its two data centers. Salt Lake City-based Advanced Power & Cooling was brought in to provide the university with a total solution.

"BYU-I was experiencing hot spots and also was very concerned about 'high density' racks/equipment and their inability to handle this concern," said Howard Wageman, with Advanced Power & Cooling.