Midwest Independent System
Operator Headquarters
and Control Center
Carmel, Indiana
 
 
Project Type
 
 
 
Cost/Financing
 
 
Size
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Headquarters and
control center
Design/build/finance
 
$18 million
Public/private financing
 
100,000 square feet
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Midwest Independent System
Operator Headquarters
and Control Center
Carmel, Indiana
Keenan Development arranged a unique capital structure that allows the Midwest Independent System Operator the lowest rental rate possible, while meeting stringent guidelines of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
 
The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) is the largest ISO in the country and controls the electrical power grid for most of the Midwest United States. The control center and support spaces for telecommunications, computer systems and UPS systems are vital to the facility’s purpose and must be operational at all times. Keenan Development was called on for its expertise to arrange the design/build/ finance development.

The approximately 100,000-square-foot, mission critical facility includes a data center, Class A office space, training areas, boardrooms and executive offices. The control center is a self-contained “hardened” structure capable of withstanding a Category 4 tornado. These precautions are essential as the center houses a state-of-the-art operation where electrical transactions across the Midwest power grid are tracked, monitored and scheduled.
All vital mechanical and electrical systems are also housed within the hardened structure. The facility houses more than $50 million in computer and control equipment.

To ensure continuous operation, the facility was equipped with two independent electrical feeds (each capable of carrying the facility’s full electrical load) and emergency back-up power. Redundancy was implemented for all building systems.

As is the case with all Keenan Development projects, the Midwest ISO Headquarters and Control Center facility was completed on time and within budget.
   
   
 
 
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