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DLR Franklin Park Data Center (Digital Chicago)

Project Summary

This site expansion was undertaken with an accelerated schedule to help accommodate increased customer needs DLR Digital Chicago. The existing two-story building was “hardened” and expanded to incorporate cooling and power upgrades as well as increase customer space and security. We helped the owner balance and calibrate the new data center loads with existing capacities and developed a seismic design philosophy to meet DLR’s needs as well as those of future customers. A significant amount of collaboration was done with the DLR sales team to help provide for anticipated customer needs as well as provide easily accessible information for sales support.

“This project necessitated a high degree of collaboration between the design team and the contractor to accelerate construction and meet aggressive customer move-in dates. To do this we pushed for rapid submittal and RFI processing, helped the GC track schedule milestones vs. submittals and often initiated design/construction coordination meetings to resolve critical issues rapidly.” – Matthew Knutsen, Project Lead