October 16, 2016
Nestled amid the green hills and tall firs of Hillsboro, Oregon, are the Infomart Data Centers, a DPR design-build project that has quietly captured the attention of the industry.
What makes this project so unique is its unusually high quantity of Motivair active rear doors (ARD), hinged doors that replace the rear door of any standard or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) server rack. Not only is this project the single largest deployment of ARDs to date in North America, it also represents a uniquely innovative approach to ARD design at DPR’s second major deployment of chilled doors in North America. Many other projects use ARDs for supplemental cooling, but at Infomart, they are the primary source of cooling for the entire space, enabling the customer to move into a hyperscale data center deployment.
While other DPR data center projects have used about 70-75 ARDs for supplemental cooling, once the Infomart project is complete, the Hillsboro site will have an unprecedented 556 ARDs between two data halls to accommodate the rapid growth and the fluctuating needs of Infomart’s tenant.