New York, NY

AboveNet Communications

Forest NY installed redundant power distribution systems for this telecommunications facility.

Value Delivered

Forest Electric New York (Forest NY) provided electrical construction and power distribution solutions for AboveNet’s new sixth-floor telecommunications facility.

To successfully deliver this project on a fast-tracked, four-month construction schedule, our team worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with labor peaking at 200 workers. We also factory tested all commercial electrical equipment on-site.

Client Objectives

The client needed to construct a 70,000-square-foot facility to serve customers who required high-security Internet operations.


Our team provided redundant power from different sources, helping ensure 100 percent uninterrupted service.

We installed:

  • Three roof-mounted diesel generators
  • Two rotary uninterruptible power supply systems
  • Two additional roof-mounted backup generators
  • Power distribution systems, featuring:
    • Six switchboards
    • 12 distribution switchboards
    • Four electrical power distribution units with redundant feeds
  • Wiring and conduits, including:
    • 5.2 miles of conduit from the sixth floor to the roof
    • 22 miles of feeder cable in the conduits
    • Branch circuiting
      • 389 miles of wire in 9.1 miles of conduit

In the event of a power failure, the two backup generators will provide constant power for eight seconds—providing enough time for the main generators to power up.

Client Background

AboveNet is a leading provider of network infrastructure services for businesses.