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Houston Master Plan, Digital Realty
Houston, TX
Digital Realty Master Plan Bird's Eye
0 + 2 = 3.
Thoughtful planning transforms a vacant plaza into an efficient data center campus.
A new identity.
Digital Realty purchased a defunct first-generation shopping center and converted one of the existing shells into a data center. An important question arose: how can they maximize the use of the property with large parking lots ringed with empty shells?

HED devised a master plan that addressed site utilization and site access for staff, visitors, and service, as well as site security. In response to existing road systems and buildings, a new set of secure site entry points was identified. Smaller buildings were slated for demolition, opening portions of the perimeter for easier access. This minimized the number of secure check points while enabling the site to be served by vehicles of all sizes.

The site center had originally been occupied by a large parking lot. In its place, the master plan placed two large, newly built, multi-pod data centers, creating space in the perimeter for vehicular circulation and parking. This was designed around Digital Realty standards to maximize capacity. The new secure entry portal was aligned with the open space between the two new data centers, creating a campus identity.
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Results
A master plan places two buildings face to face across an open space, creating a campus feel to the previously unstructured, open space.
New buildings utilize the "Digital Pod" standards to create multiple, identical data centers while the existing buildings are surgically demolished or reconfigured to enable access and to contain one off data center designs.
HED's master plan creates a secure campus vehicle entry commensurate with the scale of the campus.
Project Data
Houston Master Plan IDG-DC-14
Digital Realty
Houston, TX
PROJECT SCOPE
Study
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service), Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering
RSF/GSF
409,650
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Peter Norris
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Martin Herbert
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Mechanical Engineering Leader
  • John (Jack) McCarthy
    PE, DCEP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
Thoughtful planning transforms a vacant plaza into an efficient data center campus.
Houston Master Plan, Digital Realty
Houston, TX
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
0 + 2 = 3.