Seeking to construct a new state-of-the-art Data Center in the Western United States, Oracle engaged gkkworks to build a new consolidated data center. gkkworks' tasks included providing consulting expertise to help Oracle prepare a business plan for Board approval. Subsequent to Board approval, gkkworks was engaged as the Construction Manager as Agent to lead the planning, programming, site selection, MEP design, and Owner's construction manager for the data center. Proposed locations included multiple cities within the Western United States with the final location chosen being near West Jordan, Utah.
To limit the initial capital expenditure and meet future business and IT needs, the center is designed for both scalability and flexibility. The initial build phase includes two 25,000-SF PODs and shell to accommodate office and back-of-house functions; 15MW of supporting MEP infrastructure for the first POD with accommodations for an additional 15MW of power for the second POD; IT technical and work flow space; and administrative space. The data center supports 300 watts/SF of critical IT load, using overhead air distribution to the cold aisle to cool the high density raised floor environment. The project mechanically meets the Uptime Institute Tier III requirements and approached Tier III electrically. The project has also been designed to leverage cool outside air along with other sustainable engineering practices to achieve an annual 1.3 PUE, with winter PUEs approaching 1.2—an extremely energy efficient operating environment. Future shell expansion is planned to support two additional computer room modules and associated MEP infrastructure space, for a total of four modules at ultimate build-out of over 350,000 GSF.