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Fidelity Investments, West Data Center
Confidential Location, Midwest
Like no one is home.
Innovative design delivers IT capacity in record time.
Flexible and fast.
Fidelity Investments hired HED to provide full architecture and engineering services to design their new data center on a newly acquired 157-acre corn field. The building would combine traditional and modular construction techniques to enable phased construction in line with business growth and provide up to 8MW of IT power to mainframe and distributed data center environments.

The two-story structure takes advantage of the existing sloped farmland to blend the building into the landscape while optimizing daylight and views for the occupants. The robust concrete envelope is designed to withstand the winds of an F3 tornado.

Several sustainable design strategies were employed to contribute to the project's LEED Gold certification. Water-cooled mainframe IT equipment and cooling to support spaces are pre-cooled using a local aquifer. Gray water is stored in an underground tank and later used for restrooms and irrigation of the vegetated roof during dry months.
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The 167,000 SF building set on a 157-acre site is LEED Gold Certified.
Both conventional and prefabricated construction techniques were employed to provide flexibility.
When fully built, the two data center wings will provide 58,000 SF of raised floor area with 8MW of IT power.
The building supports a 38,400 SF vegetated roof.
Leveraging a local aquifer for pre-cooling IT and building HVAC equipment saves over 24,000 gallons of potable water and 92,108 MMBTu each year – equal to the energy to power over 2,400 typical US homes a year.
Project Data
West Data Center IDG-DC-16
Fidelity Investments
Omaha, NE
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
167,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$0.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • Lindsay Shanley
    Senior Associate
    Project Manager
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Peter Norris
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • Robert Buchetto
    Associate AIA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Wayne Drooks
    PE
    Senior Associate
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Eric Speenburgh
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • John (Jack) McCarthy
    PE, DCEP
    Principal
    Sector Leader

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

  • Michael Anderson
    Senior Associate
    Electrical Engineering

Innovative design delivers IT capacity in record time.
Fidelity Investments, West Data Center
Confidential Location, Midwest
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Like no one is home.
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