Confidential VLL 1–2 Data Center

Overview 

TCM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland Industries, provided mechanical, plumbing, and piping for the construction of the first two data center buildings on a new campus located in New Mexico. The new configuration will employ “H” style data centers and combine two of the former four hall buildings, connecting them together with an administrative and kitchen area. Overall, this is an 80 MW facility. 

Approach

To accommodate the evolving design, TCM incorporated dedicated cooling for the critical, core spaces, but used a direct evaporative strategy for the data halls. Differing from earlier related projects, the core scheme employed a packaged equipment salutation rather than the built-up style used for the data halls. Additionally, devoted water facilities were added for the critical core equipment. 

To more effectively compartmentalize the core space, TCM’s penthouse insulated metal wall panel installation was expanded. Additionally, TCM also performed a design and constructability review and provided accurate monthly cost at completion forecasts for the client, ensuring effective communication throughout the project.  

Results 

By using fabricators in the Albuquerque market, TCM was able to mitigate any protentional manpower-related issues while also helping to demonstrate the client’s commitment to the local economy. To ensure participation in the development of program-wide, best practices and lessons learned data, the Autodesk Revit platform was used for virtual design and construction and BIM 360 Docs was used for the commissioning and QA/QC processes. 

This project is also targeting LEED Gold certification.