Many offices, hotels and apartment projects are undertaken with future expansion in mind during the original construc­tion process. Foundations and frameworks are often initially designed and built to handle future loads.


One of our clients, a major financial services provider, wanted to shift a planned addition (a second story to an existing critical operations building) from 50,000 square feet of office space to a Tier 1 data center. However, that’s not just a simple change. A data center requires different floor heights (to accommodate raised-access floor for power, cooling and cabling), massively different cooling systems, enormous upgrades to the power systems (loads, conditioning and back-up), and different security systems. The existing structure, while designed to accommodate added loads, could not handle all of these systems.


By adding exterior core building supports, a new structural “interstitial space,” and bringing in a new electrical service, we upgraded the building to handle the new data center, preventing the need for an entirely new structure. We also added power and mechanical support for the new data center to redundantly serve the existing critical functions as well as a two-story, 32,000-square-foot central utility plant and the accompanying complex interconnections to the existing services.




Financial Services Data Center