Data Center: DPR Construction Wins NSA $1B Utah Data Center Contract


The US Army Corps of Engineers ( announced on Friday it has selected a joint venture team led by DPR Construction to build the $1 billion data center for National Security Agency at Camp Williams in Utah, according to a report by Data Center Knowledge.

DPR’s partners in the bid were Balfour Beatty US of Dallas and Big D Construction of Salt Lake City.

NSA first revealed in July 2009 that it would construct a 1-million-square-foot data center at Fort Williams in Utah.

The agency began accepting construction bids in January, which was met by an overwhelming number of companies.

Then in April the NSA narrowed down the applicants to a short list comprised of five groups of companies.

DPR and its partners managed to successfully beat out four other finalists, including Whiting-Turner and Dynamic Systems; Turner Construction, Kiewit Building Group, and Jacobsen Construction; Skansa USA Building of Parsipanny and Oakland Construction; and Hensel Phelps Construction and other partners.

Estimated to cost $1 billion to $1.9 billion, the build could hire up to 7,000 or more employees during the height of construction, according to estimates by Utah economic development officials.

With its extensive experience in building data centers, including the new Faceboook facility in Oregon and several facilities for Digital Realty Trust, DPR was a worthy choice for the project.

The company has also developed data centers for Equinix, 365 Main, Fortune Data Centers, Charles Schwab and E*Trade.

Divided into three phases, the first phase of construction will see the deployment of a 30MW technical load, modular structural components, 100,000 square feet of data center space and 900,00 square feet of technical support and administrative space.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure will be built for 65MW technical load data center capacity.

The data center build also plans to target a silver rating under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.


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