Unknown Data Center Expansion

Somewhere, USA

Daniel Suter - Construction Management Option

Student Bio
Thesis Abstract
Thesis Research
Thesis Proposal
Final Report
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Building Statistics - Part 1
General Building Data
Building Name: Unknown Data Center Expansion
Location: Somewhere, USA
Occupancy/Type: Business - Data Center
Size: 17,445 sf expansion to an additional 114,535 sf existing building
Number of Stories: 1
Dates of Construction: December 2008 – August 2010
Cost: Building Cost - $27.5 Million
Overall Cost - $50 Million
Project Delivery Method: Design-bid-build
Primary Project Team
Owner: N/A  
Construction Manager: Turner Construction Inc. WEBSITE
Architect: Sigma 7 Design Group WEBSITE
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing: Sigma 7 Design Group WEBSITE
Structural: Goldstein Associates WEBSITE
Civil: Birdsall Service Group WEBSITE
Project Constraints
Model Codes: IBC Building Code Edition 2006
Zoning: Max Height – 55 Feet/75 feet (Sprinklers included)
Max Building Area – Unlimited
Min # of exits – 3
Historical requirements: None
Design and Function: The Data Center is one story expansion/renovation project consisting of roughly 17,500 square feet of a new addition to roughly an existing 114,500 square feet.  This building is the second of three expansions.  The project is designed for another a third expansion allowing for an additional 30,000 square feet. The addition will include more computer, electrical and mechanical rooms.  As well as more storage and advanced data network distribution. 

The building is a steel frame structure comprising of 40 feet by 25 feet columns bays.  Due to heavy mechanical load and the slope of the roof, the structural engineer designed hollow structural tube (dunnage) to support the heavy mechanical equipment on the roof.  These tubes are also used to support any mechanical rooms and/or penthouses located on the roof.
The data center is also designed for vibration isolation and seismic restraints for HVAC.  All equipment, piping, ductwork and conduit must be seismically braced. 
Building Enclosure
Building Facade: The Data Center’s shell is primarily made up of architectural precast concrete and is designed to withstand wind up to 200 miles per hour.  A liquid membrane is used between the precast and flashing for maximum water protection.  The precast is erected to bearing surfaces that must bear 2 ½ inches on steel and/or 3 inches on concrete block or masonry brick.  Shims or jacks are used to align and level the precast panel.

The mechanical rooms and penthouse is enclosed with EIFS with 3 inch insulation with intake louvers on some areas of the rooms.  The rooms are also equipped with acoustical silencer and dampers on a stand to account for any undesirable sound.
Roofing: As stated above.  The roof is equipped with hollow structural tubing to support any mechanical systems as well as penthouses.  There are two types of these supporting tubes.  One is an HSS 6X6 and the other a 4x4.  There are hundreds of these supports located on the roof.

The roof is primarily constructed with EPMD fully adhered to concrete slab on deck.  On top of the EPMD is interlocking insulation board covered with UV protection fabric and is topped off with interlocking concrete pavers. 
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NOTE: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Daniel Suter. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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