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NY7, Equinix
North Bergen, NJ
Equinix NY7, Data Center, Exterior, HED
One move,
three solutions.
Significant restrictions prompt creative solutions.
Hurdling obstacles.
Switch and Data (now Equinix), acquired an existing abandoned New York area legacy data center. The 165,000 SF facility required upgrading and renovation to maximize the use of the building’s raised floor space with flexible power and cooling distribution.

Zoning regulations and deeded rights-of-way presented obstacles to expansion. Constraints on the building’s structural loading meant that mechanical and electrical equipment could not be located on the roof. HED developed a creative phased plan that would be able to respond to market requirements, business strategy, and site and building limitations. In the modular approach, the six new custom chillers were constructed in a factory and shipped to the site in sections that complied with zoning requirements and with need as the data halls were populated. The first section was installed while the subsequent two installations awaited zoning variance approval. This telescoped construction and occupancy timing even as negotiations with local authorities avoided setbacks to the project.

Gutting and renovating the space, the three-phased build resulting in 90,000 SF of raised floor, new mechanical cooling, and 26MW of UPS power was completed on schedule.
Results
Zoning regulations and structural constraints required HED to seek creative design solutions.
A 5,400-ton modular mechanical plant supplied cooling is from stacked, modular, pre-fabricated chillers that are built off-site in three phases correlating with business and site approval plans.
Generators were built out in phases with shared enclosures to conserve space.
PUE: 1.30
26MW UPS Power
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Project Data
NY7 IDG-0790901
Equinix
North Bergen, NY
PROJECT SCOPE
Study, Renovation
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
160,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2012
Project Team
  • Toni Asfour
    Managing Principal
    Architecture + Design
    PRINCIPAL
  • Peter Norris
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

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

  • Eric Speenburgh
    PE
    Associate Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

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

  • Michael Anderson
    Senior Associate
    Electrical Engineering

Significant restrictions prompt creative solutions.
NY7, Equinix
North Bergen, NJ
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
One move,
three solutions.