August 19, 2013
Without disrupting operations, the DPR team upgraded an existing Kaiser Permanente data center in Northern California. This third phase was the latest in a series of projects that DPR has built on this Kaiser Permanente campus. In an earlier phase, DPR renovated the original Kaiser Permanente data center, which gained recognition as the world's first data center to acheive LEED® Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM).
Upgrades to the 157,000-sq.-ft. data center in this third and latest phase included:
- a 60,000-sq.-ft. new central utility plant addition to increase electrical and mechanical capacity; and
- the build-out of an additional 40,000-sq.-ft. area of computer equipment.
The stakes were high. As noted in the Future of Healthcare study, the electronic health information stored in medical data centers is integral to healthcare because caregivers use the data to make vital decisions. To protect the operational data center during the upgrades, the team used a vibration monitoring system, a high level of building information modeling (BIM), and 3D laser scanning.