Smithsonian – Data Center Relocation

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Smithsonian – Data Center Relocation


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 include 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.

Project Highlights:

Location: DC Metro area
Size: $3.5 Million

Key Project Elements

  • The Design services included site investigation, space planning, architectural & interior design, electrical, mechanical, fire protection, security, NOC and telecommunications design and engineering, schematic and concept design, parametric and construction cost estimating, preparation of design build bridging documents and construction phase services in addition to a risk analysis and Design Engineering services of the following systems: Architectural and Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Fire Protection Systems, Network Operations Center (NOC), Security, Telecommunications and Cable Plant design and Signage.
  • Construction services included a fast-track schedule, phased approach, subcontracting, demolition, and an all trades build-out customized to the Smithsonian Institution’s move and occupancy milestones and requirements. CSIE was also instrumental in obtaining all local and state permits and inspections.