20' EMT Enables Fast, Accurate Build-outs at State-of-the-art Data Center in Texas
As the T5@Dallas data center expands, the project team depends on 20' EMT to span long runs fast and bend easily around exisitng MEP systems.
T5@Dallas Data Center at a Glance
As of 2014
- 300,000 sq. ft.
- 22.5 MW
- 80,000 ft. of 3" 20' EMT
Owner: T5 Data Centers
Engineer: Syska Hennessy
Electrical Contractor: Walker Engineering
20' EMT Manufacturer: Wheatland Tube
Challenges of Initial Construction and Ongoing Expansion
When construction began, the primary challenge was installing the MEP systems with complete accuracy. But as each data hall was commissioned and the next hall’s build-out began, the real challenge became more about installing the new electrical systems without impacting existing operations. The electrical team also needed to work quickly because customers were eager to begin using the space.
The 20' Solution
The project team initially assumed they’d build out each electrical system with 10' conduit, since it was all they’d ever used — but then they found out about Wheatland Tube’s 20' EMT, which installs twice as fast. Working together, the distributor and Wheatland Tube’s local team suggested the product to Aaron Henson, senior superintendent at Walker Engineering. Henson then met with Vick Cook, VP at Walker, and the men agreed the longer product supported their goals of speed, accuracy and safety on the job.
Shortly thereafter, Henson and the project engineer reviewed usage of the specified 3" EMT, but in 20' lengths. The distributor then worked with Wheatland Tube to handle all the logistics. The initial 10 tons of 20' EMT arrived at the job site within the week. At first, Henson’s crew was hesitant about bending the long lengths, but they quickly discovered that it was easy to work, just like the 10' lengths they had grown accustomed to. And the time saved was significant. When building out the fourth data hall, a crew of eight electricians installed 12,000 feet of 3" 20' EMT and wire in four weeks instead of the estimated 10 weeks.