There are numerous building operational systems in the the Pyramid Center that play vital roles to keeping comfort in your tenant space.
First are the HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) systems. The heart of this system is our central chiller plant that operates around the clock to provide water from our chillers to support our Tenant’s independent server rooms A/C units. Our fan systems (also part of the HVAC) start up the lower half of the building at 3 a.m. to support those Tenants and their equipment that come in early. The balance of the HVAC systems starts up in stages from 5:30 a.m. through 7 a.m. to prepare for the majority of the Tenants.
The electrical systems are a commercial building standard, yet what sets the Transamerica Pyramid apart from other downtown high-rise buildings is our Co-Generation or “Co-Gen” system. It produces one meg-watt of power into the building, which is enough to provide power to approx 250 single-family homes. The Co-Gen system doesn’t produce all the power for the building, but the cost savings is well worth the effort. The Pyramid does have a 750-kilowatt emergency back up generator that will support all emergency lighting, domestic water, Life Safety Systems, and several elevators. This back up generator is always ready to provide emergency power automatically in case we experience a PG&E power outage. Also, all lighting systems are controlled by the building system to achieve maximum electrical efficiency while balancing our Tenant’s needs.
Our fire alarm system, called the Siemens Life Safety System (L.S.S.), is tested quarterly for proper operations and ongoing upgrades when new operation revisions are developed. The system is monitored by an approved, off-site third party company for proper daily operations. Siemens’ system provides its own systems checks every 30 seconds, and we also have security guards that watch and operate the L.S.S 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
The plumbing systems run continuously to provide normal operation pressures for all HVAC-, domestic water- and Co-Gen-related systems, plus the building has sprinklers for fire protection.
There are many systems that work in harmony to ensure a fully operational building and most importantly a safe working environment.
If you have any comments, concerns and/or ideas, please feel free to contact the building management office.
Doug Peterson, Chief Engineer