In direct response to present and anticipated computing system requirements, Cardno collaborated with Hypertect Inc. to design an Information Technology Center Data Center for the University of Virginia. Cardno employed innovative strategies into the system design for the centre, with reliability being a critical component.
Cardno’s approach combined original material types with a new raised computer floor in the equipment room. The greatest challenge was the necessity to double IT capacity, power and cooling of the entire data centre without service disruption.
Major site limitations imposed by existing utilities, stormwater structures and an adjacent railroad line required a two-story design, which also enabled advantageous use of site topography. Cardno successfully administered the LEED certification process for receipt of a Silver Certification which includes Energy Modeling.