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The Aggressive Growth of Salas O'Brien, with CEO Darin Anderson

Photo courtesy Salas O'Brien


July 23, 2021 | BD+C Staff

Engineering firm Salas O'Brien has made multiple acquisitions over the past two years to achiev...

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New data center in Itasca, Ill., near Chicago

NTT Global Data Centers Americas' newest data center, located on a 19-acre campus in Itasca, Ill., will have two buildings and 72 MW server capacity. Images: NTT

March 20, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Two new facilities opened last month, with several others under construction.

Facebook's data center in Newton, Ga., which it plans to expand

A rendering of Facebook's data center in Newton, Ga., that includes a planned second phase that will add 1.5 million sf. Image: Facebook

March 16, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new white paper explores revenue-enhancing ways for data centers to reduce their greenhouse g...

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DCFI concept

Renderings courtesy Arcari Cimini Architettura

February 18, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The concept looks to create an entire floating city centered around a data center.

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about LGBT certification for architecture, engineering, and construction firms, and the current state of data centers in a pandemic world.
January 21, 2021 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about LGBT...

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Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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A rendering of Facebook's data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas.

Facebook is planning a $200 million 170,000-sf expansion of its three-year-old 150-acre data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. A new report published by Turner & Townsend forecasts strong construction demand in Europe and North America for data centers in 2021. Image: Facebook

December 09, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But supply-chain and labor problems could slow deliveries, according to Turner & Townsend’s...

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2020 Data Center Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. data center facilities sector

Photo: Manuel Geissinger from Pexels


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

Corgan, Jacobs, and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company top BD+C's rankings of the nation's larg...

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Hyperscale data centers—those massive wholesale colocation facilities engineered to meet the needs of giants like Amazon and Google—are the darlings of the data center sector. Photo by imgix on unsplash


October 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hyperscale and edge computing are driving growth in data center and mission critical facilities...

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Construction continues on Aligned's data center in Ashburn, Va. New financing will help the company deliver its current building contracts. Images: Aligned

September 17, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One goal: 100% renewable energy consumption by 2024.

Facebook Data Center Rendering
June 30, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Mortenson Construction is the project’s general contractor.

Data centers as a service: The next big opportunity for design teams

Courtesy İsmail Enes Ayhan, Unsplash


May 08, 2020 | Gregg Young, Board of Advisors, VIATechnik

As data centers compete to process more data with lower latency, the AEC industry is ideally po...

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Top 45 Data Center Construction Firms for 2019 HKS - Aligned Energy - Aerial Perspective Rendering

Last year, Aligned Energy began expanding its data center campus in Phoenix (itself a repurposing of an old Honeywell facility) by 200,000 sf, which would bring its total to 550,000 sf at buildout sometime next year 2020. The campus’ critical capacity will be 180MW, and carrier neutral connectivity, as well as an industry-leading 1.15 PUE. HKS was the AOR on this project. Rendering: HKS


August 28, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, Holder, DPR, and Fortis top the rankings of the nation's largest data cen...

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Top data center engineering firms RagingWire VA3 Ashburn VA

This 245,000-sf data center in Ashburn, Va., has six data halls, 33 MWs of backup generator power, waterless cooling using pumped refrigerant economizers and condensers, and 16 MWs of critical IT load. The building also has 52,000 sf of support and amenities spaces including lounges, kitchens, meeting rooms, and a shipping/receiving dock. Photo: HED


August 28, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Vanderweil, ESD, kW Mission Critical, Jacobs, and EXP head the rankings of the nation's largest d...

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Top data center architecture firms RagingWire VA3 Ashburn VA

This 245,000-sf data center in Ashburn, Va., which opened last year, anchors Raging Wire’s 78-acre campus that will eventually have seven buildings. HED provided architecture and MEP services to design the facility for retail and wholesale customers. Photo courtesy HED


August 28, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Corgan, HDR, Gensler, AECOM, and Page top the rankings of the nation's largest data center sector...

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All renderings courtesy Baker Barrios Architects

August 09, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Baker Barrios Architects is designing the project.

Data centers keep cool while staying hot-hot-hot

The $28 million data center at St Jude’s Children's Research Hospital, Memphis. The project team for the three-story, 55,000-sf facility: Gensler (architect), Paradigm Structural Engineers (SE), Syska Hennessy Group (ME), Liles Energy Design Consultants (EE), Jensen Hughes (fire/life safety), and Flintco Inc. (GC). Photo: Joe Luther

July 25, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cooling mission critical facilities efficiently is critical to their operations and profitability...

Data center design by Snohetta

Rendering: Snøhetta/Plompmozes

June 22, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The concept has been dubbed The Spark.

Demand for ’hyperscale’ data centers continues to grow; U.S. leads the way

Facebook’s Prineville (Ore.) Data Center. Photo: Tom Raftery/Wikimedia Commons

February 22, 2018 | BD+C Staff

The number of so-called “hyperscale” data centers worldwide surpassed 390 at the end of 2017, wit...

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Aligned Energy Phoenix data center

A growing number of businesses are outsourcing their vital IT infrastructure to mega-co-location facilities like the newly built 550,000-sf, 62MW Aligned Energy Phoenix data center. The energy-efficient facility is designed to achieve an annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.15. Courtesy of Aligned Energy.

October 16, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Look for mission-critical construction to double in the next few years.

The Kolos Data Center

The Kolos Data Center, 225 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Rendering courtesy of HDR.

October 13, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., Holder Construction, and DPR Constrcution top BD+C’s ranking of...

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October 12, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Syska Hennessy Group, AECOM, and Morrison Hershfield top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s...

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October 11, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Corgan, and Gensler top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest data center secto...

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Aligned Energy's colocation center in Phoenix, one of America's top-10 multi-tenant data center markets. Image: Connie Zhou Photography

August 28, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

As construction and leasing surge, one big contractor worries about his industry’s talent shortag...

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An aerial rendering of the Kolos data center in Ballangen

Rendering courtesy of HDR

August 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 600,000-sm facility will be on a secure property surrounded by a moat.

CBRE Healthcare blog cover photo collage
July 25, 2017 | Jeremy Meyers, BD Manager, Data Center Solutions

This article outlines the current data center landscape in the healthcare sector, industry trends...

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Inside 911 call center in San Antonio, where employees can relax

The Bexar Metro 911 Regional Operations Center in Texas includes areas where employees can get brief respites from their stressful jobs. The design and construction emphasize natural light and air quality. Image: Courtesy of Page

July 21, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Operations Center consolidates activities that previously were being handled at 25 locations....

Image © Gensler

October 14, 2016 | Martin Gollwitzer

As technology continues to evolve, we have to simultaneously adapt and help our clients think bey...

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Customers of Aligned Data Center’s 100,000-sf facility in Plano, Texas, pay only for the energy they use, in a program aimed at helping clients more precisely approximate their energy needs. This same pricing program will be used for Aligned’s 550,000-sf data center in Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Aligned Energy.

October 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms see opportunities as consultants for clients trying to figure out which data center sol...

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Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR

September 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past two years, SmithGroup has been getting more requests from clients for micro data ce...

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