Disaster Recovery Plan
Cold Site Preparation: Physical Facility
Last update: Tuesday, 21-Mar-2000 10:31:02 CST
This document contains information on preparing the
Cold Site physical facility for receiving the computer and networking
equipment. Work such as clearing the space of equipment and unneeded
furniture, knocking out walls, enlarging doors, painting, floor work, etc.
are described here.
Preparing the Facility
The Dean or Associate Dean of Engineering is responsible for
coordinating the relocation of any computer equipment, furniture, or
personnel from the Cold Site. The Administrative Coordinator should
offer to locate additional assistance in moving the equipment and
furniture. Physical Plant may be able to supply the labor, and some
Computing Services staff may also be available to help.
EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT ALL
EQUIPMENT IS MOVED CAREFULLY TO AVOID DAMAGE.
The disassembly and reassembly of the Herman-Miller furniture located
in the BELL 108 suite should be coordinated by College of Engineering
personnel. They have the tools and skills to do this properly.
The Facilities Coordinator is to contact the necessary contractors to
start preparing the Cold Site.
The (half height) walls between the computer labs in
BELL 108C, 108E, 108G, and 108J
are to be knocked out, making the space into one big room.
Although it may be possible to rearrange equipment such that it could fit
into the individual lab spaces without knocking out the walls, the flow of
cool air would be impeded by the walls and raise the hazard of thermal
overloads on sensitive mainframe equipment.
One set of doors to the entrance of
must be enlarged to
permit large mainframe equipment to pass. These doors must be 40 inches
wide and 79 inches tall, minimum. It may be more convenient to use a
double door 63 inches wide and 79 inches tall. The replacement doors
should be installed with locks to permit securing the site from
A hole 6 inches in diameter must be made in the wall between
BELL 108C and 108AB. This hole will facilitate the
installation of channel cabling and fiber optic cabling between the two
rooms so that the mainframes can be attached to the campus backbone
Repairs are to be made to the floor as needed to fill holes or replace
broken floor tiles, especially in the areas where the half-walls were
The entire facility must be cleaned to remove dust and construction
Any painting should be completed before moving equipment into the site.
Optionally, should floor protection be required in the large room
(BELL 108C, 108E, 108G, and 108J),
3/4-inch plywood sheets should be procured and placed throughout the
entire room. Approximately 66 sheets of 4'x8' plywood, or 38 sheets of
5'x10' plywood, are needed to cover the entire floor space.
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