Project Highlights

  • 157 acre agricultural site
  • A/M/E/P/FP Services
  • Conventional and Prefabrication
  • Construction Techniques
  • Planned 58,00 sf raised floor area
  • Planned 8.0 MW UPS
  • Tier IV, fault tolerant and concurrently
  • 22,000 sf Vegetated Roof
  • LEED: Gold Certified


Merits of a Holistic Approach Yields Innovation at a New Technology Center

Fidelity Investments | West Data Center | Western USA

Like most corporations, Fidelity Investments has difficulty projecting future data center capacity requirements and they have typically over built data center infrastructure to mitigate the risk of not having data center capacity availability when needed. To eliminate this problem, they undertook a study to evaluate alternative approaches to delivering data center space. Their team evaluated the typical alternatives including colocation and other outsourced options. However, they kept coming back to the idea of a truly modular data center that could be built in a factory and assembled where and when they needed capacity. This approach gave them tremendous tax advantaged as a modular data center could be treated as equipment for depreciation purposes and the mobility of the solution would allow them greater flexibility in taking advantage of tax incentives offered by various government agencies.

The challenge facing the Fidelity team was that all of the solutions available in the market did not meet the “must have” requirements for a data center established by the internal clients. These standards stated that any proposed solution must include the following as a minimum:

·        Be IT equipment agnostic, they wanted to be able to use any rack, system or vendor now and in the future.

·        Allow power density flexibility.

·        Have traditional raised floor with a minimum 24” height and 30” preferred.

·        Support overhead cable tray and possibly multitier tray.

·        Have the flexibility to use multiple cooling systems to promote energy efficiency in any geographical location.

·        Have the flexibility to use any mechanical or electrical equipment vendor with each new build.

·        Have the ability to competitively bid the construction for each new build.

In short they wanted all the benefits of a traditionally built data center with all of the advantages of a modular facility.

With these marching orders Integrated Design Group (ID) created Centercore ™.  Centercore is the name Fidelity gave to the modular data center designed by ID. The flexible concept allows Fidelity to deliver IT capacity whenever needed in 500KW or 1MW blocks in less than six months from the decision to go. Once delivered to the site each build is installed in one to two weeks. Equipment testing and commissioning remains the same as it has in the past.

The initial install was a 500kw addition to an existing data center in NC. The first greenfield build was at a confidential location in the Midwest. For this project there is a traditionally constructed core building that house the office and support components of program as well as a traditionally constructed data center for mainframe systems.

The open systems went into the Centercore which had an initial deployment of 1MW and about 7000 sf of white space. The facility was planned for a total of six Centercore deployments totaling 6MW of IT load. To date 2MW has been installed while the initial capacity projections called for the full six MW to be required by now. Fidelity considers this savings to be cost avoidance that is currently well over $100,000,000.

ID owns the Centercore design and can work with others to implement the solution best for you.