Your requirements. Your timeline. Your budget.
For more than 35 years, NRB has been at the forefront of customized modular building design. Our countless equipment and storage building applications prove we have the technical know-how and experience necessary to provide our clients with exactly what they need, when they need it.
Although some equipment buildings may be wood frame structures, most are built with steel. NRB has manufacturing plants with certified structural steel fabrication shops on both sides of the border. Our Canadian plant in Ontario is certified to CWB 47.1 as well as CSA A660 for steel buildings, and our U.S. plant in Pennsylvania is certified to ASW D1.1.
We know from experience that one design doesn’t fit all. We start with a review of your specific equipment housing requirements, then tailor each building to suit size, layout, structural capabilities, mechanical, electrical and architectural needs. Each building is structurally engineered to suit the load requirements of your equipment, whether it’s installed on the floor, mounted on the walls, or hung from the ceiling. We can provide you with mechanical and electrical systems to any level of specified complexity—or we can simply provide an engineered enclosure for your own mechanical and electrical equipment installation.
The building envelope and interior or exterior finishes can be customized to suit required sound attenuation, thermal protection, fire rating, life cycle durability and aesthetics. We can design the enclosure so that it can be hoisted and moved with or without your equipment already installed—the choice is yours.
The context. Bruce Power, one of Ontario’s primary nuclear energy plants located in Tiverton, Ontario, required a large data center that would house all the electrical and mechanical systems, plus the multitude of computer racks needed to support an adjacent administration and operations building. Bruce Power looked to NRB to build them a two-story building off site at the Grimsby plant that could be finished to about 95%, then commissioned, delivered and installed at their facility
The design. With a building of this complexity, the idiom “the devil is in the details” often holds true. NRB worked closely with McGregor-Allsop, the mechanical and electrical engineering consultant, to design the complex systems and the building structure to house them. The two-story data center was modeled in 3D using Revit, allowing the controlled coordination of layout, structure and the complex building systems. The building is non-combustible steel construction with pre-poured concrete floors and was engineered to suit the heavy load requirements of the equipment, which was pre-installed and tested at the NRB plant. The building features a centralized staircase with rooms for the mechanical and electrical systems to one side and the data center computer racks to the other. The building has an exterior staircase and a ladder to a roof hatch for access to the additional cooling equipment needed to control the excessive heat generated by all the equipment inside.
The benefits. Building off site can be a big advantage to a nuclear plant where minimizing onsite construction activity and improving safety and security are of paramount importance to day-to-day operations. The off-site manufacturing process also helped both reduce the onsite construction costs at the nuclear facility, and shorten the overall project schedule by about 50%.
Whether our scope of work ends at our plant, your plant, or includes delivery and installation to the final site location, we put your priorities first. Design, budget, schedule and service are all considered as we create a package that meets your needs. Our can-do attitude has us known for undertaking complex projects that others may find difficult to deliver.