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Confidential Client, DCII Data Center Upgrade

  • A large financial firm required extensive upgrades to their facility to ensure reliability and support its trading platforms. Skanska delivered a facility that included proprietary cabling and communications technology.

The 274,000-SF Tier III data center was designed and built to ensure the reliability of the large financial firm’s trading platforms. Skanska proactively led the design process and provided operations expertise to bridge design gaps and meet the aggressive project schedule and budget. Additionally, our controls team worked with the engineers and manufacturers to rebuild the chiller algorithms and develop relational algorithms that integrated disparate components across the MEP system. This resulted in dramatically improving performance, reliability and efficiency of the completed facility.

To deliver this project within the aggressive schedule and improve quality, Skanska used 3D BIM coordination and modeling, and RFID tagging to streamline construction, commissioning and building turnover to the operations and maintenance teams. Leveraging clash detection, our team mitigated costs and returned $11 million in unused contingency and significant buy out savings to the client. Additionally, the BIM model provided the system foundation to monitor performance via computer-based dashboards, ensure uptime and facilitate maintenance.

The scope of work included the demolition and replacement of the existing MEP infrastructure. Site improvements included construction of electrical substations, a screened mechanical/electrical equipment yard, water and fuel oil storage tanks, utility upgrades, new parking areas and security infrastructure. Interior work included construction of 52,000-SF of raised floor computer space, office and support areas, MEP plants, and infrastructure support areas. The project was designed and constructed to comply with LEED® Gold certification standards; however, the client declined to submit the construction phase documentation to complete the certification process.

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