Typical features of ADP Mainframe space types include the list of applicable design objectives elements as outlined below. For a complete list and definitions of the design objectives within the context of whole building design, click on the titles below.
- HVAC with redundant components: Computer equipment operates within specific ranges of air quality, temperature, and relative humidity levels. Significant variations of these levels in the ADP Mainframe environment could cause disruptions in equipment operation and decrease the life of the equipment. To ensure proper operation of the ADP Mainframe spaces, redundant mechanical systems with service provided 24 hours per day and humidity control are typically installed. Separate thermostat controls should be provided in each room, even in areas of 24-hour operation, which can be overridden by the building automation system. Also, copier rooms, printer rooms, and service units should have 100% direct exhaust to maintain good indoor air quality. For more information, see WBDG High-Performance HVAC.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): Typically, emergency power and uninterruptible power are provided to meet all electrical requirements of the entire ADP Mainframe facility for at least 30 minutes. For more information, see WBDG Productive—Assure Reliable Systems and Spaces.
- Security protection: All exterior windows to computer spaces, including tape room, teleprocessor room, mainframe room, DASD farms, server farms, and test rooms to be glass block. For more information, see WBDG Secure / Safe— Security for Building Occupants and Assets.
The following is a representative building program.
Tenant Occupiable Areas
|Qty.||SF Each||Space Req'd.||Sum Actual SF||Tenant Usable Factor||Tenant USF|
|System Administrator Console||1||60||60|
|Laser Continuous Form||1||140||140|
|Laser Cut Sheet||4||140||560|
|Administrative and Support||510|
|System Administrator Office||1||150||150|
|Data Administrator Office||1||120||120|
|Web Administrator Office||1||120||120|
|UPS Battery Room||2||120||240|
|Tenant Usable Areas||11,002|
The following is representative of typical tenant plans.
Example Construction Criteria
Relevant Codes and Standards
The following agencies and organizations have developed codes and standards affecting the design of ADP Mainframe spaces. Note that the codes and standards are minimum requirements. Architects, engineers, and consultants should consider exceeding the applicable requirements whenever possible:
- GSA PBS-P100 Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service
- GSA PBS Design Notebook for Federal Lobby Security Design
- GSA LEED® Cost Study
- GSA LEED® Applications Guide