Delivering Data Dreams for Washington State
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) provides business service support for both local and state government organizations and agencies. The construction of the DES building redefined the Washington State Capitol Campus by providing a much needed gateway for the growing entity. Balfour Beatty was selected to build the facility that marked the first major construction on the Capitol Campus in the past two decades.
One of the main responsibilities of DES is to provide streamlined information technology solutions enabling public agencies to better serve the people of Washington. DES supports more than 150 different technology applications that state agencies, legislature, and the Governor’s Office use to do business. With the ever-growing storage needs to support their technology infrastructure, a cost effective mission critical solution was important. It was DES’s dream to construct a building that provided both a consolidated housing approach and a solution to the state’s expanding informational technology needs.
Listening to DES’s needs, Balfour Beatty designed a scalable mission critical solution that provided the department with a data center and office building that would meet their demands for the next 50 years. The office space and design of the data center was tailored to expand within the space allowing to meet both their current and future needs. For the data center, Balfour Beatty proposed building out only the racks necessary to support the IT demands at the time of construction. This strategy kept the installation costs of the mechanical system low. The remainder of the mission critical space was installed as a “plug and play” system ready to expand as their demand grows. This expansion solution provided a growth option at a minimally low cost with a relatively low disruption to their system.
Cognizant of DES’s current need for space and budget concerns, the project team set out to deliver the project several months ahead of schedule and under budget, and in the end, they flawlessly executed both goals. The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) eliminated waste and identified construction efficiencies. Everything from excavation and site utilities, shoring systems and tiebacks, concrete footings, walls, decks, and structural steel to the curtainwall, and MEP systems were all modeled. These 3D models were then used for multiple purposes, including detecting clashes of MEP systems and creating 4D schedules to analyze construction sequences to reduce construction time and increase jobsite safety. This extensive work eliminated waste by identifying conflicts and panelizing formwork systems that reduced construction time. In addition, close coordination with the State of Washington and the design team enabled Balfour Beatty to identify additional schedule and budget opportunities as they presented themselves.
- 3-level data center with cast-in-place exterior walls and steel floor systems
- 6-story, 245,377 square-feet of office space with 2-levels of underground parking
- LEED Platinum Certified
- Ultimate build is ~60,000 sq. ft. of white space; 4.5 MW critical load. 9.0 MW ultimate build-out; Cooling system is air handlers with air-side economizer, direct evaporative cooling, and chilled water; Chiller plant uses high-efficiency variable-speed chillers and variable primary flow; UPS units have continuous-rated static switches, enabling 99% efficiency