Data Center Solutions (Parent Company of DCS Data Centers) has been a trusted advisor to the US Army Corps of Engineers since 2009. We maintain a TS Facility Clearance and many of our staff maintains TS clearances. We have been contracted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to act as the owner’s representative offering Project Management support throughout the completion of their data center and mission critical projects located in various sites around the United States. We have proven that our expertise is invaluable in the execution of the Army’s mission to design and build mission critical spaces for their clients.
The following excerpt is from a recent CPARS evaluation issued by USACE to our prime contractor, Black & Veatch regarding our performance. We have only included the sections relevant to our direct performance, and not that of our prime:
Assessing Official Comments:
QUALITY: The Contractor has been very responsive to the needs of the Corps and the client on both project sites. The QA staff on the Midwest projects has been invaluable in moving numerous projects forward and keeping them on schedule and on budget. They are always timely in their responses to questions and their communications with the RSFO Project Managers are excellent always keeping them informed of any problems or issues that may arise. Their solutions to any design or construction issues are always based on the best technical information available and considerate of the project schedule and budget. Overall, they have been very professional and have always gone the extra mile to see that everyone’s needs are met. The Project Managers Bill Long and Scott Hoover for both project sites always provided the technical expertise required to make these complicated projects successful.
MANAGEMENT: Management of the staff in the field was exceptional. Scott Hoover and Bill Long oversaw subordinates, assured the staff was performing duties as assigned, and provided training and close oversight to assure the Government
was receiving the support it required. Due to the criticality of this project, two Senior Project Managers were assigned as the Contract Representatives to oversee this task order. Communications were concise and any follow up on any matterwas handled swiftly. All members of the Black & Veatch team conducted themselves professionally and with the best interest of the mission in mind.
ADDITIONAL/OTHER: All staff assigned to this task order performed exceptionally, exceeding the expectations of the Government. Scott and Bill took further steps to support the government project managers through attendance in the daunting number of meetings, amount of paperwork, and staff supervision that gave the confidence to the Government the programs would succeed. Bob Piranio’s quality assurance and coverage in the field assured the customer we were getting what was contracted.
DCS is regularly on-site to provide insight and assistance as needed throughout the construction and commissioning process. Our expertise in mission critical environments allowed us to provide substantial support in the design and development of the clients EMCS and SCADA systems. Additionally, DCS has full time staff on a number of sites to continue to assist the Army with additional task orders for.
DCS Commissioning Services
USACE has leaned heavily on our data center experience to provide commissioning (Cx) oversight on a series of major projects in the Maryland region. We have a team of five Cx specialists working full time on two major programs for USACE in support of their DoD clients. Our work includes the review of all Cx scripts as well as the supervision and oversight of all Cx activities. This involves monitoring the execution of all Cx tests as well as validation of Cx results. In addition to our direct oversight of all day-to-day Cx activities, we are also responsible to act as the owners representative for the entire Maryland program.
We have also been asked to support a generator expansion project for a different client in Virginia because of our knowledge of complex electrical systems and the Cx activities needed to prove the systems will perform as expected.
We have been very fortunate to be considered a trusted advisor for USACE and we work hard every day to maintain our position with this very important client. This position has allowed us to expand our support in the Midwest facility and continue to expand our level of support in the Maryland and Virginia facilities. We feel that if we continue to exceed our clients expectations, we can continue to expect to this relationship to prosper.