Data doesn't stop.
Adaptive reuse of a gymnasium to a communications hub.
Preparing for growth.
The TAB Data Center is Tufts University’s primary data center, housing production systems run both by UIT and by other Tufts clients. The data center serves as Tufts main data communications and networking site and acts as a critical hub, providing connectivity to the Boston and Grafton campuses, to multiple Internet Service Providers and to a central node on Tufts fiber ring.
HED partnered with Tufts University’s Information Technology Group and Facilities Engineering to design a phased architectural, mechanical, and electrical upgrade to the TAB Data Center.
Prompted by the desire to make cooling and electrical systems redundant as the data center grows, the project was based on HED’s prior assessment of both the existing data center and its ancillary support spaces.
The existing space was housed in a former gymnasium that posed challenges to implement the upgrades while remaining fully operational. The floor was rebuilt to a greater structural capacity and the roof was reconstructed to support new mechanical units.
Construction was phased to allow half of the space to be rebuilt at a time while the other half stayed in operation.