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Digital Realty Wilhelm Fay Strasse, Building 2

Digital Realty Wilhelm Fay Strasse, Building 2 | Frankfurt am Main, Germany

DPR continues our long-established relationship with Digital Realty in the U.S. by bringing our partnership overseas. DPR’s European office is honored to work with such a great client on our first (but not the last!) project in Germany.

Project Details

This is the second of three buildings for this colocation customer on their Sossenheim campus. Data Center Building 2 is a three-story, ground-up facility with a cast-in-place and precast concrete structure that provides the owner with an additional 10MW and six data halls to their campus. Additional ancillary space includes dedicated offices, de-box rooms, test rooms and dedicated plant areas. Equipment includes 180 rooftop condensers to cool the data halls, six generators and a UPS system.

Building Safer

DPR does not compromise on safety, going above and beyond to establish safe behaviors that focus on proactive incident prevention. For trade partners used to working with a compliance-only mindset, this can be an uncomfortable change. To find a balance between our methods and the established safety culture in Germany, the DPR team adopted a hybrid model that blended the best local practices along with our own safety standards.

This hybrid model relied on continual open learning, communication, and education. DPR worked closely with our German trade partners to understand their approach. They in turn were open to learning about DPR’s safety culture and how taking a few extra steps improves efficiency and cost savings in the long run. Many of the safe practices introduced to trade partners on Data Center Building 2 will be brought forward to their next project for safer long-term practices.

Digital Building & Design

To identify any possible design issues or clashes early and effectively, the DPR BIM team built a 100 percent digital model of the data center from scratch in partnership with our in-house digital teams at vConstruct. Through the process, the team was able to identify design gaps and work through any outstanding design needs early to save the client money and possible lost time. For items such as the loading dock cantilever, retaining wall, and underpinnings DPR sketched through possible design solutions and worked closely with the architect to get them stamped and finalized.

Not only did the model help the teamwork through design gaps, but it was used to work through 536 total clashes digitally and avoid re-work onsite.

A fantastic effort throughout this project. I’ve been particularly impressed with the dogged determination you’ve shown in handling all the curve balls that have been thrown your way, from the change in fire strategy, to densification, to the unforeseen TuV requirements.

I’m sure everyone will agree that you’ve worked well with our various partners to deliver a high quality building, achieving the key milestones for our customer along the way. We are in a great position to deliver projects together in Europe going forward.

Rob Dunn

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