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[November 14, 2012]
IDC Architects Present on Mega Data Center Conversion Trend at Major Data Center Industry Conferenc
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IDC Architects made a November 12 presentation at the 2012 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference, a prominent event for those who design, build and operate data centers. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.
The IDC Architects presentation titled "Current Success Model for Conversion of Outdated Manufacturing Facilities Into Mega Data Centers" revealed details about a project regarded as a model of a growing trend toward conversion of former manufacturing facilities into data centers. The presentation was made at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.
The presenters combined seasoned data center design experts from IDC Architects and the owner's perspective of industry expert Simon Tusha, developer of the groundbreaking Eugene Technology Center and a key contributor to previous data center technology "breakthrough moments" in his roles as the former Chief Technology Officer for Quality Technology Services (QTS), Strategic Negotiator of Development for Google and data center projects involving such prominent firms as JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Tusha presented details on his current Eugene Technology Center project, the conversion of a former Hynix semiconductor manufacturing in Eugene, Oregon into a mega multitenant data center of nearly 1 million square feet.
Mr. Tusha observed "We expect that this new Oregon facility will be a game-changer in the data center market. Converting a high-quality facility of this kind saves a lot of money for the developer, which translates into better value for the thousands of customers this complex will support." Co-presenters were IDC Architects Director of Critical Environments Sig Anderson and Principal Mechanical Engineer Dave Seger.
The presentation outlined a "recipe for success" for conversion of buildings into data centers, including analysis of the various steps necessary to assess and implement a cost-effective building conversion strategy. Subjects covered included due diligence analysis, environmental site assessment, permitting, regulatory assessment and approaches that data center owners can use to create strategic repurposing plans to direct their own successful conversion processes.
The IDC Architects presenters drew from their experience in designing a number of conversions of former advanced technology manufacturing facilities into latest-generation data centers. These range from expansions of under 100,000 square feet to large-scale conversions such as a current IDC Architects repurposing of a multi-building, 1+ million-square-foot manufacturing campus into a mega data center.
The presentation explored the "sustainable repurposing" trend growing in popularity among science and technology building owners seeking to refurbish aging buildings with lower cost and environmental impact that building new structures would entail.
For information on the IDC Architects presentation, contact Jennifer McCarty at Jennifer.McCarty@ch2m.com , 503-224-6040.
IDC Architects is an integrated multidisciplinary planning and design firm, passionate about discovering better ways for people, technology, buildings and the environment to work together. Considered an innovator in the design of science and technology buildings, IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL, an employee-owned company headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA. CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For five times. Visit and www.ch2mhill.com, twitter.com/ch2mhill and facebook.com/ch2mhill .
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