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Digital Realty M1 Data Center

Digital Realty M1 Data Center | Ashburn, VA

DPR was selected by Digital Realty (DLR) for its 230,000-sq.-ft. “mega scale” prototype data center. Built to host a single tenant, the project required a unique approach. DLR worked collaboratively with the tenant and project team as the design evolved and adjusted needs accordingly. The confidential end user requirements incorporated a high-density rack layout, optimizing the dollar value of each rack.

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With power and cooling accounting for 80 percent of the data center operating costs, customers are trending towards this high-density layout which reduces the distance in cable runs and networks, minimizing the cooling and space footprint and resulting in increased efficiency. Every two years, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles, and the high-density layout also offers more flexibility for these future needs.

DPR incorporated lessons learned from past buildouts through installing all future steel supports to eliminate re-work at the roof and resequencing future equipment rigging to minimize the number of temporary roll-up doors. Now complete, Phase 1 includes a 6MW data hall. Once fully occupied, the building will have six separate data halls, built-out over the next two to three years, hosting 36MW of critical power.

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