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Facebook Fort Worth Data Center

Facebook Fort Worth Data Center | Fort Worth, Texas

Major Expansion Underway for Social Media Giant in Fort Worth

DPR is in the midst of a massive, multi-year new construction project in Fort Worth, Texas that is delivering major growth capacity for leading social media company Facebook. Encompassing more than 2.5 million square feet spread over multiple buildings on the 170-acre site, construction on the Facebook Data Center campus kicked off in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2023.

The campus adds significant data center capacity for Facebook in Texas. Along with its data centers worldwide, it will help provide the infrastructure to bring products like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and more to increasing numbers of people across the globe. The new campus supports Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

the Challenges

DPR project teams faced myriad challenges throughout design and construction of the multi-phased data center campus project.

These challenges have included everything from historical weather events to zero laydown area, labor challenges, aggressive schedules, and material shortages. The team additionally faced varying foundation challenges due to difficulties in attaining suitable loadbearing capacity for the structures. Finally, 2020 ushered in the global pandemic crisis, adding yet another hurdle to navigate.

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DPR project teams faced myriad challenges throughout design and construction of the multi-phased data center campus project.

The Solutions

DPR has leveraged its mission critical facility expertise to effectively tackle diverse challenges on this new campus project. Virtual design and construction tools have proven to be particularly effective, according to DPR’s Andy Kirby. The team employed BIM and an extensive use of laser scanning to increase efficiency.

“We utilized laser scanning to verify installation of conduit and piping in accordance with the 3D model,” Kirby noted. MEP trade partners were involved with the creation of the 3D model early on. After DPR worked through the clash detection of the model to ensure that there were no major issues, the trades fabricated and installed their conduits/piping directly based on the 3D model.

“We would then laser scan the installation of the materials and take that information and import it back into the model,” Kirby explained. “With this, we could compare the actual location with what it should have been in the model. The trades can then make any adjustments as needed prior to pouring concrete or closing up the second side of drywall.”

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