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Fidelity Investments, West Data Center
Confidential Location, Midwest
On demand.
A modular approach balances growth and investment.
Predicting the future.
A prominent financial institution approached HED for help resolving a challenge common to many data center clients: accurately predicting—and preparing for—future capacity needs without overspending in the present. While the client’s models predicted a need for quadruple the operating power of their current data center over the next ten years, when and how this growth would occur remained unclear.

To resolve this challenge, HED devised a modular, scalable approach with the ability to add 1,125kW in less than six months. Built in four phases, this approach would enable our client to quickly ramp up capacity to accommodate anticipated growth as it occurred—rather than committing at the outset to a larger facility that might be underutilized for years. Likewise, the building shell would also be constructed in two phases, increasing space as needed rather than all at once.

This approach ensured that our clients’ investment aligned with real-time growth, enabling them to invest at a pace that reflected their present needs, while planning in advance for future needs.

At present, the original IT capacity projections have not been realized; should significant growth arise in the future, however, the Phase III and IV plans remain in place to accommodate increased space and capacity needs.
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Results
The new LEED Silver facility is located on a greenfield site.
Both conventional and prefabricated construction techniques were employed to provide flexibility.
IT capacity can be added in 1,125kW increments, with a total capacity of 5MW.
The modular design ensures that future expansions will not disrupt ongoing operations.
By leveraging a local aquifer, the facility saves over 24,000 gallons of potable water each year.
Incorporating energy-efficient HVAC equipment saves 92,108 MMBtu annually— enough energy to power 2,400 typical US homes for a full year.
Designed for an operating staff of 25, the new facility can accommodate over 100 if necessary.
A sunlit break area with curved, sculptural walls offers staff a relaxing space to recharge.
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
WND
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

  • 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

A modular approach balances growth and investment.
Fidelity Investments, West Data Center
Confidential Location, Midwest
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
On demand.