Developing a data center design goes beyond redundancy, efficiency and density requirement. There are a number of methods used today to design and build mission critical infrastructure. These methods include design bid build, design assist and design-build. Which can then be incorporated with the contract processes of CM @ risk, GMP, GC&Fee and others. Each of these delivery methods require the designers, manufacturers, architects, builders and architects working together. What is different between these methods is how each discipline works together to achieve the same goal. The way to ensure effectiveness is to appoint a construction manager or general contractor that understands technology infrastructure coupled with the experience to manager all stakeholders involved. A specialty contractor such as Swinerton Builders Critical Facilities will provide the data center knowledge necessary to deliver the optimum design.