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Digital Realty, Digital Loudoun Plaza Master Plan
Ashburn, Virginia
On repeat.
A data center campus designed for easy replication.
Turn-key delivers benefits.
Digital Realty engaged HED to provide master planning services for a new data center campus in Northern Virginia. As part of the project, our team was tasked with providing the highest possible number of Turn-key Data Centers™ using easily repeatable, efficient and flexible building blocks in accordance with Digital Realty's design standards.

Situated in a park-like setting, the campus comprises four two-story buildings and a utility substation. At over 1.3 million square feet, the development maximizes what is allowed on the site. The repeatable design enables Digital Realty to procure mechanical and electrical equipment at a discount that can be passed onto their customers while making managing the systems easier.

The project began by defining the stacked pairs of data centers to establish the repeatable building block from which building could be generated. The street-facing facades feature high-level finishes where customer amenities and entrances are located, while service and equipment yards face the parcel center.
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Results
The campus offers approximately 1.3 million square feet spread across four new two-story data center buildings.
The four buildings deliver 62 Tier III Turn-key Flex Data Centers™.
The project planned a total capacity of 74.4MW of IT power.
The campus was planned to promote an attractive outward appearance by placing offices and amenity spaces at the perimeter and electrical yards and loading docks facing inward.
All utilities and a new, on-site substation are included as part of the master plan.
The flexible design allows for three different cooling system technologies to be used without modification to the building block.
Project Data
Digital Loudoun Plaza Campus (Building G, H, J, K) IDG-DC-11
Digital Realty
Ashburn, VA
PROJECT SCOPE
Study
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
1,300,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2016
Project Team
  • Stephen McNeice
    PE
    Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Sara Martin
    Senior Associate
    Project Manager
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Chad Fowler
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Peter Norris
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Robert Buchetto
    Associate AIA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Jamie Nickerson
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering

  • John (Jack) McCarthy
    PE, DCEP
    Principal
    Sector Leader

  • Dennis Julian
    PE, ATD, DCEP
    Associate Principal
    Mission Critical Leader

  • Michael Anderson
    Senior Associate
    Electrical Engineering

A data center campus designed for easy replication.
Digital Realty, Digital Loudoun Plaza Master Plan
Ashburn, Virginia
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
On repeat.