CSI Engineering, P.C. (CSIE) was the Smithsonian’s prime contractor for the build out of their replacement data center. CSIE was initially selected to develop a Data Center Needs Assessment Report (NAR) consisting of a study, investigation, and evaluation of potential data center sites in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The NAR defined a specific list of physical and environmental attributes and requirements for the new Smithsonian Data Center. Specific core facility requirements includes electrical, HVAC, and stand-by generators in addition to identifying all other mission critical Data Center related requirements including, but not limited to, raised floor space needs, racks, KVM, ladders, physical security and access, monitoring, fire suppression and detection issues.
The Smithsonian Institution then retained CSIE to develop a Data Center Basis of Design (BOD), enabling the Smithsonian Institution to develop site selection criteria. The BOD also defined facility design parameters. Through the next phase of this project, CSIE utilized the criteria from the NAR to perform Site Evaluation Services. The Site Evaluation Services continued into a detailed Facility Assessment, documenting detailed information on the existing building and infrastructure. With the Site Evaluation complete, the Smithsonian selected CSIE for the Data Center design and build of the selected new Data Center site. CSIE also collaborated with the Smithsonian to develop decommissioning plans and strategies for the relocation of the existing infrastructure.