Intelsat Disaster Recovery Facility
The Disaster Recovery Facility provides Intelsat’s clients with an offsite disaster recovery location, away from their primary operation. Rather thanRead more →
Intelsat Antenna Support Facility
Intelsat’s expansion of their Mountainside Teleport required a third generator and additional electrical service to meet their growing demand. TheirRead more →
Innovative, Inc. purchased the former Washington County Health Department building for their new headquarters. MSB Architects was tasked with taking the existing 10,000 SF office building and transforming into a space that met Innovative’s corporate vision. In order to reinforce their brand, we incorporated a new curved canopy on the facade, that replicates the symbol in their company’s logo. A large, glass wall was added to the front of the building to allow in more natural light. Being a tech firm, Innovative wanted their space to be cutting edge, so the lower level employee lounge was given the “Google treatment” and incorporates a fun, friendly atmosphere. Overall, the interior space combines glass walls, hexagonal ceiling tiles, and an unusual lighting layout to create the desired atmosphere.
Adding to the campus at American Public University, the IT Center tells the story of how technology has developed through architectural details. Starting at the exterior of this former warehouse, located behind the University’s Finance Center, this 40,000 square foot building has windows arranged in a Morse Code pattern. Upon entering the two story structure, one is greeted at the lobby reception area with lights reminiscent of Orion’s belt, a copy of the Voyager Record in the desk, and wood walls that contain an Arecibo message, similar to the one first broadcast into space. Also on the first floor is a large multi-purpose room with binary code etched into the glass. The building also features an observatory dome and telescope for the school’s science departments. The dome and telescope are fully automated, allowing remote control for professors and students studying the stars. The building is in review for a LEED Silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.
In addition to office space, the renovation of the Tristate Building in downtown Hagerstown houses the Bulls and Bears Restaurant. The renovation included the restoration of the historic front of the building and exposed the original stone foundation wall and wood framing in the restaurant space. To make space for the “Bull Pen” in the basement of the restaurant, the existing stone foundation walls were underpinned and the floor was excavated through two feet of solid rock.
The Disaster Recovery Facility provides Intelsat’s clients with an offsite disaster recovery location, away from their primary operation. Rather than being a part of Intelsat’s main facility, a free standing structure was preferred to allow independent access for the convenience of Intelsat’s clients.
The 6,000 square foot building includes separate electrical rooms for each client, designed specifically to meet their needs and around the 2n+1 model, meeting the industry’s best practices. A full two foot raised floor system for cabling and under floor HVAC distribution allows for traditional equipment installations. The white TPO roof reflects much of the solar heat gain of the building reducing the buildings overall energy consumption.
Intelsat’s expansion of their Mountainside Teleport required a third generator and additional electrical service to meet their growing demand. Their existing facility was designed with this planned expansion in mind; but when the third generator was implemented, acoustical consideration for the adjacent offices and conference rooms was a primary concern. A 1.5 megawatt generator, new electrical switch gear, and an additional 20,000 gallon fuel tank were installed to provide the appropriate backup capacity of Intelsat’s increased demand. Exterior sound baffles and an acoustical wall provide a sound buffer from adjacent spaces.
An additional support structure was required by the relocation of several antennae from another teleport. The antenna support facility will command 5 full motion arrays.