Chicago Loop Data Center Mechanical Installation

About This Project

A client needed a massive new plumbing and HVAC system installed for a 40,000 SF data center, with limited space and an ambitious schedule that would require blocking of a major Chicago thoroughfare. That’s why they called Kroeschell.


A large business in downtown Chicago needed to add a data center. However, the only space available in their building was an office complex on the first floor. They needed a company that not only could handle a project with such a large scope but also could handle all the issues that can arise when undertaking such a project in downtown Chicago.


After being selected over three other bids, Kroeschell set to work on this massive project which included an ambitious schedule and required blocking off a major Chicago road for three days. This became even more of a challenge due to space restrictions within the building which made moving equipment more difficult. Kroeschell installed the HVAC, plumbing and piping for what was to become two data centers covering 40,000 SF of space.

The install included:

  • Four (4) evaporators
  • 15 pumps
  • 24 chillers
  • 38 lever units
  • 12” mains to the roof


In order to accommodate the contractor’s schedule, Kroeschell worked day and night shifts for 40 straight days to complete the project while the business continued to work in the building. Since the installation in 2009, not one service call has been required.

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Customer Profile

Our customer supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


Commercial, MEP Design-Build Engineering