Dynalectric Company, Washington, DC received two "Best Craftsmanship" awards for the installation of power distribution and lighting at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington, DC. This project is unique in its electrical design and installation, setting the power distribution and lighting systems apart from standard office buildings.
There was not enough space for electrical vaults on the street, so the project design included a 13.2 KV utility vault on the roof with an encased high voltage duct bank. Dynalectric installed the entire racking and grounding systems for high voltage cabling. A two-megawatt generator through a network of automatic transfer switches provides backup power.
The electrical distribution consisted of four switchgear lineups in the penthouse and a separate service in the garage. Each floor was served with four separate bus duct runs feeding Integrated Facility System (IFS) switchboards in each electrical closet. This IFS equipment saved valuable space as the panels, transformers and lighting control systems all are mounted together in a switchboard style construction. All circuit breakers were microprocessor controlled and integrated into the building management system for energy conservation.
More Than 100 Different Types of Fixtures
The lighting systems are very unique on this project. With a 12-story glass atrium, the sight lines for all floors are visible from the ground floor. Ceiling angle lines defined from down-lights and custom interior poles repeated on each floor created a mirage effect. The main meeting rooms feature custom curved ceiling fixtures that mirror the oval walls.