The headquarters for the nation’s first satellite radio broadcast facility is a highly secured Tier 4 mission critical digital broadcast center with 82 broadcast studios and 40,000 SF of programming space. GHT worked Sirius XM – at the time known as XM Satellite Radio – to integrate the entire electrical and mechanical system into a single building automation and security system that allows the facility operators to monitor, operate, and ensure continuous service during any major weather concerns or threatening event, working in collaboration with the Federal Government.
To ensure highly reliable service, Sirius XM receives primary 15 kV service in a network arrangement from PEPCO and through several uninterruptable power systems (UPS) with multiple prime power diesel generators. This design allows the facility to disconnect from the power grid when necessary. The project’s cooling systems are also completely independent from public water supply and gas services to preempt disruption of operations.