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Novartis
Fort Worth, TX
Alcon Novartis
Challenge accepted.
Engineering innovations take on an energy challenge.
Efficiency and sustainability embraced.
As part of a company-wide strategy to streamline operations while being sustainable, Novartis constructed a new 35,000 SF data center that could be built in phases on the existing Alcon Laboratories (a subsidiary of Novartis) campus and could be expanded over time.

The data halls were designed to be modular and could be built in three distinct phases with each data hall having 1,000kW of IT power supporting 10,000 SF of data hall, each with its own redundant mechanical and electrical systems.

Novartis challenged the design team to work within their energy challenge mantra by incorporating sustainable design practices while providing low total cost of ownership savings over the life of the building. The design team employed multiple integrated design solutions to achieve this goal. Outside, 100kW photovoltaic cell arrays generate renewable on-site power and double as shade for parking and seating areas. Harvested rainwater reduces potable water consumption, irrigates the indigenous, drought-resistant landscaping and provides water for the building's restrooms. Inside, low voltage, advanced-control LED lighting minimizes operating costs while increasing adjustability for users.

Located on a greenfield site, the project is LEED Gold certified.
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Results
The 35,000 SF building is planned to be built in three phases, each providing 10,000 SF of raised floor space and 1,000kW of IT power.
Rainwater harvesting provides irrigation for landscaping and gray water for building use saving an estimated 23,000+ gallons of potable water each year.
A 100kW array of photovoltaic cells generate renewable on-site energy.
Average annual PUE is 1.20.
Project Data
Global Data Center IDG-DC-01
Alcon/Novartis
Fort Worth, TX
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
35,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$0.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • Stephen McNeice
    PE
    Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Robert Stein
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design

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

  • Robert Buchetto
    Associate AIA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Kevin Chen
    Architecture + Design

  • Martin Herbert
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Mechanical Engineering Leader

  • 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

Engineering innovations take on an energy challenge.
Novartis
Fort Worth, TX
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Challenge accepted.
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