Project Highlights
 

  • New 58,500 sf Building on Greenfield Site Within a Planned Commercial Development
  • A/M/E/P/FP Services
  • Programming, Master Planning, Design, Construction
  • Documents through Construction Administration
  • 10,000 sf Raised Floor Area
  • IT Capacity: 1.125 MW IT
  • Tier III Concurrent Maintainability
  • PUE: 1.40
  • LEED Silver Certified

Building a Community within a Texas Disaster Recovery Facility

Confidential Client | Texas

A financial institution came to Integrated Design Group with a projected ten-year capacity requirement of 5MW of IT power for a planned data center. However, the firm had always struggled with past projections of future capacity that had never proven accurate and the current projection showed an unprecedented quadrupling of capacity in ten years. Like most of our clients the concern was balancing the competing risks of having capacity when needed with avoiding a lager capital expense that may be unnecessary.  Integrated Design Group worked with the client to better understand the immediate, short term and long term needs and developed a modular scalable data center design that included the ability to double capacity in less than six months and quadruple capacity in an additional six months.

The design called for a four phase build. The Phase I build provided 1.25 MW of IT load with 10,000 sf of white space along with an additional “shell space “to support a doubling of the data center in less than six months if needed. The shell space and equipment yard also included the installation of equipment pads and valving for the first expansion of the mechanical system. The electrical system was designed to be constructed off site in a factory that could produce the skid significantly faster than a traditional build. When needed the electrical skid would simply be slid into the pre-constructed shell space that had already been constructed.  This approach assured construction of future expansions would not disrupt ongoing critical operations.

During phase I we also planned for phases III and IV by completing site work and installing footings to support an additional doubling of the entire facility in six months if the ambitious projections proved true. The theory was that the “short” money to prepare for the most aggressive case eliminated the risk of under provisioning while avoiding the cost of building the entire 5MW data center day one. This strategy also assured that future heavy construction would never take place immediately adjacent to a critical environment.

Phase III and IV have yet to be added even though initial projections indicated they would have by now. The final build can still be delivered in the future if needed. However, with changing technology the next build may in fact be significantly different than what was originally planned. This can be accommodated with minimal effort allowing the firm to not only save money but to stay current as technology evolves