To support the critical mission of the facility, which would incorporate more modern server electronics, a growing enterprise, and power protections such as fire and battery backup, an evolution in the design of the new data center was essential. The result was a Tier II, 5900-ft2, single-story hardened structure that features standard precast concrete construction with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rating of 250 mph wind gusts. The data center was designed to meet the structural requirements for the building and specific aesthetic goals.
The precast concrete panels were chosen to meet the specified architectural goals. The 8-in.-thick solid precast concrete panels feature a light sandblast finish on the upper portion and some of the precast concrete façade is painted to blend with surrounding buildings on Conway Corp’s downtown campus. Large exterior mechanical equipment was screened from view with a courtyard enclosed with precast concrete wall panels and hardened steel louvers.
Read more about this project in the Winter 2020 issue of Ascent.