When you’ve worked with a client for nearly 20 years, you get to know what they are looking for. Our Mission Critical team has developed just that kind of relationship with European data center leader Interxion, making it a relatively seamless process to build the company’s data centers across Ireland and the UK.
Not that it’s an easy, one-size-fits-all approach. Although Interxion has developed an engineering “bible” of sorts that establishes specific criteria for building their facilities, each project has unique circumstances, limitations or surroundings that require some creative thinking and institutional knowledge to find the best path forward.
Case in point is Interxion’s newest Dublin, Ireland facility. The 58,000sqft, Tier 3 data center is located in a blue chip industrial park on the outskirts of the city. Interxion returned to Structure Tone’s Dublin team to lead the project, from planning and feasibility, to construction, through to commissioning, including all civil, structural and architectural construction elements. The work includes not only the data halls—and their associated UPS units, generators, chillers, coolers, fire suppression systems, etc.—but also a three-story front-of-house area for administrative offices and the civil infrastructure required to accommodate the new building on its greenfield site.
Between the thorough understanding of Interxion’s “engineering bible” and comprehensive involvement in every step of the project, the team was able to successfully tackle another potential challenge: building the data center to Level 5 commissioning standards. Because Interxion required a Level 5 commissioning, the whole facility had to undergo an independent commissioning process, led by DLB Associates. “DLB’s agents said this data center was one of the best they had ever commissioned due to the persistence and can-do attitude of the Structure Tone team and our partners. That was quite a compliment!” says Jason Monks – Project Director.
“The data center industry in Ireland continues to thrive, and Dublin has become a strategic location for businesses looking to interconnect mission critical services in Ireland and across Europe,” says Tanya Duncan, managing director of Interxion Ireland. “After working with Structure Tone on our first two data centers in Dublin, they played a crucial role in ensuring that this state-of-the-art facility would meet the many technical requirements which are essential in the mission critical sector.”