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The Inside Scoop: What You Need to Know About Data Center Commissioning

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Commissioning at its finest – compressed timelines, exponential growth of infrastructure, zero fault environments, and among the most demanding resiliency requirements – who doesn’t want to commission data centers? At the pinnacle of mission critical facilities, data centers present one of the most challenging and rewarding environments to commission and operate.

How we overcome the challenges in commissioning data centers provides a unique learning opportunity for meeting the demands of these critical environments and applying lessons learned to all building applications. Come join this panel of data center owners to hear the inside scoop from leading data center clients on their personal experiences in bringing on new infrastructure, commissioning, and testing these amazing buildings that power our daily lives.


  • Adam Siegrist, PE

    Adam Siegrist is a Professional Engineer and Certified Commissioning Professional that has worked in mission critical and retrofit projects for over 10 years. He has had past experience in design of HVAC systems, Commissioning of mechanical systems for new and existing buildings, and more recently in project management of turnkey design/build retrofit projects for mission-critical clients.

    Before moving to an Owner’s role, Adam worked directly with owners and acted as an unbiased advocate, mediator and technical champion of the Owner’s needs in each project, large or small.

    Ultimately, Adam’s passion lies in solving complex problems through relationships with stakeholders, designing & implementing processes, and efficiently handling project/program technical requirements.

    Adam currently serves as the Operations Support Manager for the Global Facebook Data Center Construction Quality Program.

  • Bille Haggard

    Billie is an experienced leader and expert in developing and executing strategic business initiatives while leading high-performance operational groups. As Aligned’s SVP, Operations, Billie is responsible for spearheading the company’s data center performance optimization. He manages mission-critical operations and on-site personnel, anticipates market direction to keep the company’s facilities are up-to-date, negotiates and manages vendor relationships, and ensures operational and professional excellence.

    Before Aligned, Billie served as Operations Director for a global leader in facility and asset management, where he was responsible for the management, operations, maintenance and training for over 3 million sq. ft. of data center space and 200 personnel. He has also served in leadership positions with Critical Solutions Group (CSG), Microsoft Data Center Delivery Group and CoreSite, garnering deep insight into creating successful programs and strategic planning initiatives to enhance corporate performance and quality. Billie began his career in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and Maintenance Manager, where he earned four Navy Achievement Medals as a result of his outstanding instruction and training abilities.

  • Nich Zies

    Nich Zies is Microsoft's Regional Data Center Commissioning Lead for the Americas, where he is responsible for 12 major data center campuses. He served in the United States Navy as a Nuclear-Trained mechanic onboard nuclear submarines. After ten years in the Navy, he decided it was time to move on and take a risk and dive into a new field……Commissioning. After a few months in this new field, he very quickly realized he had found his passion. While working as a commissioning agent, he helped to design a test kit to safely test high resistance grounding systems which is still used on all Microsoft data center projects to this day. Nich is qualified OSHA30 and CxA by ACG.

  • Jesse Sycuro, PE, CEM, CCP

    Jesse Sycuro has served as Director-at-Large, Conference Committee Chair, co-author of the Ongoing Commissioning Best Practices, and now as the BCxA IBOD Treasurer. Jesse is the Operations Director for McKinstry’s National Technical Services team, leading asset management, building commissioning, and energy efficiency projects across country. Having commissioned new and existing buildings, managed smart building solutions for ongoing commissioning solutions, and having led maintenance and operations teams, Jesse leverages his experience to work with clients to find innovative solutions that maximize the efficiency of the built environment while reducing lifecycle costs. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, with experience managing nuclear power plant maintenance and operations.

August 31, 2020
Mon 11:30 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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