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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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Data center
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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Photo: Cory Doctorow, flickr Creative Commons

September 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim of the standard was to ‘not stifle innovation.’

CyrusOne Data Center, Houston, by Kirksey Architecture, Bihner-Chen (SE), KW Mission Critical Engineering (MEP), Skanska (GC). Photo: Aker imaging / Joe Aker, courtesy Kirksey Architecture.

August 10, 2016 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Streamlined design and delivery approaches for individual business enterprises and co-location fa...

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Facebook Data Center, Prineville, Oregon. Photo: Tom Raftery, flickr Creative Commons.

August 10, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Vanderweil Engineers, Jacobs, and Syska Hennessy Group top Building Design+Construction’s annual...

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Google Data Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Photo: Tony Webster, flickr Creative Commons.

August 10, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Holder Construction Co., and DPR Construction top Building De...

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@Tokyo Data Center, Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Guilhem Vellut, flick Creative Commons.

August 10, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Corgan, and HDR top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s larges...

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The latest addition to Atlanta's Tech Square innovation center is Coda, a 1-million-sf mixed-use complex that is designed for collaboration between researchers and the private sector, and will include retail space activated by an outdoor plaza. Image: John Portman & Associates

April 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A much anticipated, Portman-developed tower project will include collaborative office spaces, a d...

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ASHRAE publication on impact of IT equipment on data center design released

Photo: Bob Mical/Creative Commons

April 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The book offers advice for designing structures in the fast-changing data center industry.

Microsoft testing submersible data centers

Photo: Project Natick, via Microsoft

February 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Project Natick, featured a successful prototype trial run last summer.


Top 10 markets for data center construction

Novartis's Alcon Laboratories campus in Texas includes a 37,000-sf data center with a 100 kW PV array for on-site power. JLL's latest Data Center outlook says more third-party data centers are turning to alternative energy sources for their long-term power needs. Image courtesy Integrated Design Group

January 28, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

JLL’s latest outlook foresees a maturation in certain metros.

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