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Tufts University, TAB Data Center
Somerville, MA
Data doesn't stop.
Transforming a gymnasium into a communication 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. Tuft's primary data communications and networking site, the data center acts as a critical hub, providing connectivity to the Boston and Grafton campuses, to multiple internet services providers, and to a central node on Tuft's 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.

Housed in a former gymnasium, the existing space made it difficult to implement upgrades while remaining fully operational. To accommodate the planned improvements, both the floor and the roof were rebuilt to increase structural capacity.

Construction was phased to allow half of the space to be rebuilt at a time while the other half stayed in operation.
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Results
The data center serves as Tufts’ main data communications and networking site.
The project was prompted by the desire to make cooling and electrical systems redundant as the data center grows.
The phased construction transformed the existing facility.
The facility provides 500kW of redundant IT power to 5,000 SF of raised floor space.
The project was based on HED’s prior assessment of the data center and its ancillary support spaces.
Project Data
TAB Hall Data Center IDG-DC-27
Tufts University
Somerville, MA
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
5,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified
YEAR COMPLETED
2014
Project Team
  • Stephen McNeice
    PE
    Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Chad Fowler
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Robert Stein
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Eric Speenburgh
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Robert Buchetto
    Associate AIA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

Transforming a gymnasium into a communication hub.
Tufts University, TAB Data Center
Somerville, MA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Data doesn't stop.