Project Highlights

  • Renovation and Building Expansion

  • Planning, Architecture and Electrical Services

  • Programming, Master Planning,
    Design, Construction Documents through
    Construction Administration

  • 15,000 sf raised floor area in two data halls

  • Tier IV, Default Tolerant and Concurrently Maintainable

Expansions to Operations Facility Benefits from an Integrated Solution

Citizens Bank | East Providence Operations Center | East Providence, RI

Integrated Design Group started the effort with an assessment of the existing data center in order to developed a master plan for its expansion. The initial assessment indicated that expanding the existing data center was problematic and most definitely could not be completed in the nine-month schedule that had been set. We ultimately developed a plan to build a new independent data center contiguous to the original so that it could function day to day as a single facility even though in fact they were two distinct independent data centers.

The first surprise was that there were several high density systems that needed to be up and running in only three months and the existing data center could not support high density racks. Additionally, these racks would ultimately need to be relocated to the new data center. We worked with Citizens to deploy a temporary high density cooling solution that could cool this equipment that was installed on a temporary basis with power available in the original data center. Working as a team we met the highly demanding schedule.

As this was taking place, ID teamed with the Gilbane Building Company on a fast track design build project deliver methodology that allowed Citizen to add a 20,000 sf addition at the primary employee entrance to the critical operations center. This required the relocation of the employee entrance, reconfiguring the parking and driveway, building a new primary lobby and constructing a 10,000 white space supported by a standalone 1MW tier IV MEP infrastructure that could be doubled in size without interruption if and when needed.

The team met all of the projects objectives supporting a smooth transition.

Two years later, the same design build team was mobilized to support another acquisition where we added additional white space and installed the planned additional 1MW of redundant MEP capacity.