HCA – Regional Data Center
The new state-of-the-art data center for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) allowed them to relocate their existing regional data center into a standalone building and infrastructure. The initial facility included a white space area of 30,000 sf with phased expansion capabilities for an additional 30,000 sf without interruption to existing operations. The total building area is 94,000 sf initially, with final expansion to 124,000 sf. Rimrock designed the structured cabling systems, raised floor cabinet layouts, phasing, and configurations, audiovisual, security, and public address systems through a fast-track design/build delivery method. The data center met HCA’s current standards for a Tier III data center and is now operational 24/7. Utility infrastructure is parallel and redundant. Additionally, the raised floor space was incrementally developed after the facility was completed, allowing for an eighteen-month phased move-in process.
A significant contributing factor to the success of the project was the decision to engage the Technology Contractor early in the design process. The Technology Contractor attended and contributed to the Technology Task Force meetings, providing input on design decisions (i.e. “here’s a less costly or more efficient way to accomplish ‘X’ that may be worth considering”) while becoming intimately familiar with the design intent. This familiarity in turn enabled the Technology Contractor to provide timely cost estimates that were both detailed and accurate throughout the various stages of the design process. Accurate estimates enabled the Technology Task Force to make informed decisions with regards to the scope and ultimate functionality of the systems (for instance, the Technology Contractor’s work was instrumental in driving down the cost of the NOC while increasing the functionality overall). Additionally, because of the Technology Contractor’s familiarity with the design intent, change orders during construction due to misinterpretation of the construction documents were effectively eliminated.
HCA Data Center overview: https://vimeo.com/72685607