Structure Tone provided preconstruction and construction management services for a new 40,000sf, high-performance research computing data center, serving approximately 8,000 faculty and students.
Our preconstruction process included outlining key options, including a new on-campus facility versus an off-campus location; air cooled vs. water-cooled chiller; single-story vs. two-story construction; density variables (watts per sf levels); levels of redundancy; and equipment pre-purchase lead time. The university opted to build a new, off-campus, single-story, water-cooled facility with 2N electrical systems providing a medium density of approximately 150W per sf.
We then provided a second set of budgets for a modular building concept, where additions could be built to expand the computing capacity without adding administrative spaces. We utilized BIM during design/preconstruction for clash detection and pre-field coordination. The facility was built-out in phases deployed in modular fashion. The initial build-out of phase I included construction of a 39,600sf, two-story building with 12,600sf of raised floor computer space at an ultimate energy density of 150W/sf on an eight acre site. The data center is pursuing both LEED® Gold Level and Energy Star certifications.
“Structure Tone has acted as an advocate for the University and has focused their full attention and energy on meeting our needs. Working with Structure Tone on this significant project for the University has been a pleasure.”—Client