Size: 46,000 square feet
Status: Completed 2013
Program: LEED-rated, state-of-the-art data center.
FCPC Data Center
Modern data centers represent a specialty building type that house computer systems for information storage, disaster recovery and backup services. Because data centers must ensure operational continuity under extreme conditions, such as severe weather events and loss of power, they must be designed with a high level of structural integrity, redundant power capacity, and advanced cooling systems to properly maintain optimal operating temperature for large computer systems. Typical data centers require minimal staffing by information technology specialists and offer flexible, securely caged “retail” computer suites.
The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (PBDC) hired TKWA to design a new state-of-the-art data center facility to support the technology infrastructure for their Milwaukee-area business and tribal government operations, as well as for lease to commercial tenants in southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. TMI, one of the nation’s most experienced data center services companies, was also engaged to assist with the building design.
Located in a predominantly residential neighborhood comprised of historic homes it was important that the new data center blend in with the character and scale of surrounding buildings. This restrained two-story, 46-000 square foot building was designed with a limestone and brick facade accented by a rhythmic series of punched out windows. The steel frame and concrete slab roof are rated to withstand extreme Midwestern tornados. Rooftop and ground based systems are screened from pedestrian view.
Designed to achieve a LEED Silver or Gold (pending) rating, the data center includes a high efficiency chilled water system to provide tenants with year-round free-cooling when ambient conditions are suitable.