New Associate at Kavanagh Tuite by Stephen Moylan

 

Kavanagh Tuite are delighted to announce that Beth Gribben has become an Associate of the Practice. 

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Beth joined Kavanagh Tuite in 2013 and has been involved on several key projects, including Pallas Foods Dublin Distribution Centre, multiple projects for An Post and a number of large Data Centre Projects in Dublin.

Beth has recently completed a Level 9 Post Graduate Certificate in  'Professional Energy Skills in nZEB', focusing on retrofit of existing buildings towards near zero energy building performance;   this June Beth has also completed a Fire Safety Practice (Post Graduate Diploma) in Trinity College Dublin. 

Irish Building Magazine by Stephen Moylan

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We are delighted to feature in Issue 2 of the Irish building magazine 2018.

We worked alongside Arup with Flynn Management & Contractors on the South Gates Facility at Dublin Airport, which opened in December 2017. The gates were constructed on a live airport campus where we faced challenges of security and safety, adding to the complexity of the project.

Our work on the Old Richmond Hospital also featured, having worked alongside Townlink Construction. The project was shortlisted for the Conservation/Heritage Category in this year’s Irish Construction Excellence Awards. The hospital building has been transformed to a state of the art education and event centre for the members of the INMO.

BLOG: Kavanagh Tuite at the forefront of data centre design by Stephen Moylan

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Kavanagh Tuite has high-level experience in the planning, design, project management and delivery of data centres in Ireland

The extraordinary growth in online usage over the past two decades has had many effects on both our personal and professional lives.

The world of online data is ubiquitous if not always visible, and that data needs stored, processed and distributed. It is no surprise, then, that data centres have appeared en masse to help channel this enormous power source. They are the physical embodiment of “the cloud”.

Huge usage increase

According to Bitpower’s November 2017 report “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2017”, there was a 186% increase in monthly consumer data traffic from 2013-2018, with video accounting for the most data usage – underpinning the importance of data centres.

At Kavanagh Tuite, we are highly experienced in the design, project management and delivery of tier 4 data centres for notable providers on fast-track schedules. Our projects vary in size up to 25,000m2, with a typical data centre being 15,000m2.

As of 2017, we are one of a small number of Irish architectural practices to have delivered in excess of 100,000 m2 of data centres over a range of sites with approximately 65,000m2 of white space. As of May 2018, we have over 50,000m2 in various stages of design. All our projects are in Dublin local authority administrative areas.

Pragmatic and honest design approach

Our delivery-orientated project management skills aligned with a pragmatic and ethical design approach offer assurance for clients negotiating Ireland’s localised planning and development regulations. We proactively manage risk to navigate prudent routes for efficient building procurement.

Architects have a range of duties during the planning and building process, including understanding the working areas of a building, how people move through a building, health and safety, power, supply chains, environmental factors . . . the list goes on.

We operate on a macro level, engaging with every stakeholder to ensure the whole process runs smoothly. Work on data centres, like any construction project, is generally done on a very strict timeframe. Expertise is needed across a range of areas, for example planning compliance, working in the immediate vicinity of other similar buildings e.g. on a campus, working with multiple teams, and ensuring standards are consistently met in a timely fashion.

We consider each project in a phased manner accounting for energy, security, secure access to fibre networks along with scoping for Environmental Impact Reports (EIARs)

Early integration with the client’s security design teams enhances project delivery to evolving client standards. We are also at the forefront of the BIM collaborative environment using federated models and clash detection though Navisworks.

Best-fit solutions

Our project management involves face-to-face meetings with the full construction team, nurturing relationships and building on our experience to streamline the delivery process. We are acutely aware that mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) design can evolve during large project roll-outs, and plan for these developments. We constantly revaluate best fit solutions for client benefit and innovative design.

No one ever builds the same building twice. It’s important to be flexible and respond well to change. Architects are involved with perfecting the aesthetics of building, but also have a coordinating role, working with MEP designers and other key stakeholders. Our own role is only a small part of the overall job.

We don’t impose our views on clients or their design teams – we work around what they need to deliver the finished product. We accommodate other people’s requirements and can arbitrate on items that don’t fit on the specialists’ desks.

Secure and resilient

With the online world and technology constantly evolving and becoming ever-more important, the development of data centres will continue apace in what is an attractive and successful country for the sector. At Kavanagh Tuite, we are proud to be part of that development.

For more information about previous projects and our approach, see http://www.kavanaghtuite.ie

Sarah MacLoughlin Heads Up First Place Winners by Fergal Ryan

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All of us at Kavanagh Tuite would like to congratulate our own Sarah MacLoughlin and the rest of her team members for achieving first place in their Msc. aBIMM Multidisciplinary Collaboration Project. 

Sarah is currently in her second year of Msc. Applied Building Information Modelling and Management - aBIMM and is central to our KTA BIM task force. The brief of the project instructed the team to deliver responses to an Employers Information Requirement for the proposed development of a new, three-storey Multidisciplinary Digital Design Technologies: Centre of Excellence block situated adjacent to the existing Dublin Institute of Technology building on Bolton Street, Dublin. 

Aiden Madden represented ARUP for the evening. 

Again, Well Done to Sarah and her teammates.