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.