OneNeck IT Solutions announced in late June that it had completed its new Denver data center.
The facility, located in Douglas County, is the company's first in Colorado and ninth within the U.S. The $20 million site currently offers 35,000 square feet of space, but a total of 160,000 square feet will be available on the 11 acre lot once the facility is fully constructed. The site was built with 11.5 million pounds of high-density concrete surrounding and supporting the building, and the walls and ceilings were made with 15 inch-thick pre-stressed concrete with reinforced with steel. The roof was also made with a cambered design to provide the structure with additional load-bearing capacity.
Phil LaForge, CEO of OneNeck IT Solutions said that one of the building's most important design features was keeping HVAC equipment and the facility's water sources completely separate from the server rooms.
"This way all six sides of our data rooms are built like a concrete fortress to provide an added measure of safety, load bearing strength and protection for our customer's most critical IT equipment and business systems," said LaForge. "Built to be fault tolerant and continuously maintainable without interruption, this facility is designed to deliver maximum reliability for our customers."
Creating a state-of-the-art facility
The Colorado data center has received a Tier 3 certification from the Uptime Institute overall. The site's electrical infrastructure has received a Tier 4 certification, ensuring multiple levels of redundancy and backup support. The building also offers a security system with three-factor authentication that includes biometric elements. A Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus is in place at the facility, providing an ultra-quick fire detection system. A variety of industry compliance requirements are supported by the Denver data center, including SSAE 16, PCI-DSS and HIPAA.
In an effort for data center sustainability, the building was constructed with an energy saving cooling system, as well as self-balancing, redundant and flexible accommodation of energy use and thermal densities within the cabinet arrangements. The facility has a projected PUE of 1.2 or lower.
Data center tax incentives played an important role in the creation of the Colorado data center, according to LaForge. The Douglas County Commissioners Office waved the business personal property tax for the facility, making the area an ideal place to build.
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