Unistrut Midwest has been a part of many large data center projects throughout our history. Most data center ceiling grid systems will utilize repeatable components throughout the design. Some common repeatable components would be the main rails of the ceiling grid, filler rails, drops for hot aisle containment, or trapezes to support cable trays. Unistrut Midwest is uniquely positioned to offer contractors more than just materials on data center projects. We can analyze the design and determine which parts of a grid design could be pre-fabricated to reduce man-hours on site.
Unistrut Ceiling Grids have been a popular system in the design of data centers for many years. The Unistrut Ceiling Grid is an ideal product to create an interstitial secondary support structure for the electrical bus ducts, cable trays, fire suppression piping, or other standard MEP systems. Many hyper-scale data centers have standardized Unistrut Systems into their typical designs worldwide.
Other Pre-Fabrication Services in Data Centers
- Pre-Cutting Unistrut to Size
- Pre-Loading Unistrut Fittings with channel nuts and bolts
- MEP Rack Assembly
- Pre-Fabricated Pipe Supports
- Rooftop Walkways
- Air Handling Unit Access Platforms or Stairs
Unistrut Ceiling Grid Main Rails
The Unistrut Ceiling Grid Main Rails would be the Unistrut member that connects to the building structure. Typically threaded rod or Unistrut drops will connect only to Unistrut channel in the grid in one direction. Unistrut will pre-fabricate these main rails with fittings to receive all thread drops, cross connections for the filler rails, or splices. The relatively simple act of pre-loading main rails can save hundreds of man hours in the field.
Electrical conduit and cable trays use standard Unistrut Trapeze all throughout data centers. Typically a trapeze would be (2) Rod Drops and (1-3) Layers of Unistrut Channel forming a “U” Shaped Support for the conduit or cable tray. These supports will typically occur every 6-10′ along a row of servers and be identical within a row. Unistrut can pre-cut and assemble the Unistrut trapezes off-site to reduce waste and man hours by offering a finished product instead of raw materials.
Unistrut Hot Aisle Containment Supports
Unistrut Metal Framing can be used to create a frame for hot aisle containment panels. The drops made from Unistrut will allow you to support both the hot aisle containment panels and electrical components in the cold aisle with a single support. Since most hot aisles will utilize the same configuration, Unistrut can create repeatable drops that will be cut to size, pre-loaded, and pre-assembled. The hot aisle containment drops arrive bundled by type and reduce on-site cutting and assembly. The pre-fabrication of hot aisle containment supports will eliminate field cutting and reduce man hours.