The High Performance Computing Facility Expansion adds an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of high-density data center space to the renowned Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) which hosts high-end research-focused computing systems. With 625 watts/sq. ft., the new super-computer facility houses the fifth-fastest computer in the world. The project also includes an 8,000-sq.-ft. stand-alone central plant.
Despite a very fast schedule and highly complex scope, the project was completed under budget and with just 16 punchlist items at substantial completion.
Fast Computer, Fast Schedule
It almost goes without saying that one of the fastest computing facilities in the world would be built on an equally fast schedule. The 10-month schedule included minimum 56-hour workweeks for the field teams, sometimes with only DPR-mandated days off. In addition, there were 41 weather impact days—far more than usual in Austin—that were absorbed by the schedule.
All owner milestones were completed on time or early, and the owner was able to move into the space two months early to begin build-out of the super-computer. The project was also awarded the University of Texas Safety Through Exemplary Performance (STEP) Silver Award. The project was completed with zero accidents, zero recordables and zero lost time incidents.
Self Performed Work
DPR self-performed demolition, drywall, accessory installation and concrete to help drive the schedule and fill in difficult to contract scopes.
The project includes a 1.2 million gallon thermal energy storage tank. The tank will provide cooling to the facility during peak energy usage times to save energy and cost for the facility.
Use of electronic models during preconstruction and construction brought field conflicts to an insignificant numbers, increased prefabrication which decreased the schedule, and helped make the high-risk tie-in to the existing building and utilities a smooth transition.