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Fidelity Investments, Centercore
North Carolina, USA
Make it modular.
An innovative design delivers IT capacity in under six months.
Flexible and fast.
Fidelity Investments needed a better way to deliver flexible, customizable data center spaces quickly, and they turned to HED to execute the vision. They envisioned a new data center topology that combined the agility of a modular system and the resiliency and reliability of a stick-built building.

After two years of research and development while working with fabrication shops to hone the form factor and system integration, Centercore was created — the first completely factory-built and customizable data center deliverable to any site across the US in a matter of weeks.

Flexible and adaptable, Centercore easily accommodates a variety of size requirements, IT capacities and system redundancies, and can be added without affecting the performance of earlier installations. It had to be constructed in a way that sections could withstand the forces of being transported with exterior cladding, ceilings, access flooring, sprinklers, lighting and mechanical and electrical equipment before leaving the factory. Compatible with multiple cooling systems, Centercore promotes energy efficiency. This technology also enables clients to partner with any mechanical or electrical equipment vendor and to bid construction for each new build.

Centercore is flexible to meet a variety of sizes, IT capacities and system redundancies. It can be added without affecting the performance of the earlier installation. It can function with multiple cooling system options to promote energy efficiency in any location, the flexibility to partner with any mechanical or electrical equipment vendor, and the ability to completely bid construction for each new build.

Fidelity Investments' first Centercore installation added 500kW of IT power to an existing data center facility. The installation shares the facility's security system, but is otherwise fully autonomous.
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Results
HED designed Centercore, a modular data center system, to deliver additional IT capacity anywhere in less than six months.
The LEED Gold modular data center combines the benefits of a traditionally built center with the advantages of a modular facility.
The system works with multiple cooling systems and can partner with any mechanical or electrical equipment vendor.
Each deployment consists of 12x14x50 foot sections delivered to the site and installed in one to two weeks.
Centercore is Tier IV compliant and fault tolerant, and provides concurrently maintainable mechanical and electrical systems.
Winner of the DataCenterDynamics North America Award for Innovation in the Medium Data Center category.
Project Data
Centercore IDG-DC-17
Fidelity Investments
North Carolina , USA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
4,800
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Silver
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • Lindsay Shanley
    Senior Associate
    Project Manager
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Robert Stein
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Architecture + Design

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

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

  • Eric Speenburgh
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

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

  • Michael Anderson
    Senior Associate
    Electrical Engineering

An innovative design delivers IT capacity in under six months.
Fidelity Investments, Centercore
North Carolina, USA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Make it modular.