What Is Mission Critical Construction?

Many construction projects are simply about doing the requisite work. But with mission critical projects, there’s no room for error, and just about anything can embody a serious safety, security or uptime risk.

After all, doing electrical work for a hospital that’s still serving patients throughout the day or an airport where planes are still taking off and landing could represent a risk to life and limb, literally. That’s when you know you need mission critical services for your next construction, data center or network project. But what is mission critical construction and how can you benefit from it? Keep reading to find out.

Mission Critical Projects & Services

Supporting mission critical projects and work is serious business. Making matters worse, just about any company, organization or entity has very real ongoing demands even in the face of revamping systems and processes. For many, downtime or some kind of outage isn’t an option, and that’s where mission critical construction services come into play.

Indeed, from ingesting new information to the day-to-day requirements of working with data and capabilities, it’s an increasingly rare case that everything can go down on one date and come up on another, to say nothing about the day-to-day availability of important systems and information. In fact, most organizations have some sort of an always-on demand or need, and it’s the job of mission critical construction to be mindful and ensure that the project at hand never exceeds or supplants the ongoing needs of the organization.

Think about how dangerous it could be if power went out in a hospital or airport as patients are being serviced and passengers are being flown. Even without a life or death need, mission critical services can include banking and other capabilities that are non-negotiable, and it’s the job of mission critical construction to ensure that the work gets done without affecting uptime and other concerns.

N + 1 Redundancy & Construction

A common way to showcase a mission critical need is to take your baseline need and add one. If you need one power source to be always-on, you actually need two redundant sources that can each jump into play if the other goes down. It’s this kind of thinking that should be brought to any mission critical construction project, whether it’s for a network, data center or another need. 

Given that most data centers and other tech needs must always be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, particularly with workers around the globe and customers that could be logging on to your website at any time of day, electrical and power concerns remain at the top of many mission critical projects for good reason. But not only is power important, there may also be a considerable mechanical cooling need to protect against equipment malfunction and other unforeseen outages.

Mission Critical Construction Concerns

Any mission critical construction project starts with understanding the redundancy requirements of the client and the project at hand. Often, this can be reduced down to points of failure, but that doesn’t make the work any less complicated. Whether it’s using ring-style design to increase redundancy or to create separate pathways, you’ll need a partner to help keep everything online both during and after the project.

Additionally, the right mission critical construction partner can help you improve your energy efficiency, helping to lower your costs while also delivering more power for your quickly expanding need. But it’s no out-of-the-box approach — each project has unique requirements based on location and scope, and a mission critical services partner can help better facilitate it all.

Learn more about how Cache Valley Electric can help on your next mission critical project.