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What's the latest on our Parsippany II Data Center Expansion?

Posted by George Puglia on Aug 4, 2014 2:42:00 PM

Parsippany II


George Puglia. Facilities Manager Net Access

The summer heat is in full effect, but it hasn’t slowed the expansion of Parsippany II one bit. Over the last several months and after more than 45,000 man-hours, our new datacenter space is really coming together. Late last year we started with an empty lot, and today we are well on our way to having our most advanced facility yet.

The Parsippany II Extension will provide 70,000SF of additional space, capacity for 1,500 new cabinets and 5MW of new useable UPS power. 

We have designed the Extension very much like Parsippany II, incorporating all the best practices we have learned over the last decade of building and managing datacenters. The facility is a true 2N+1 design, with two fully independent generation, ATS, power, and UPS cores, with each component N+1 minimum. The entire facility will be high density with 20kW per rack available anywhere and per-rack metered power standard.

Before the first customer can move in, we had to build a rock-solid foundation first.  

What does that take?

In construction terms:

  • 300,000 lbs of rebar
  • 66,000 Concrete block
  • 3,000 Cubic yards of concrete*
  • 4,000 Cubic yards of controlled fill
  • 45,000 SF of roofing material
  • 500 tons of structural steel
  • 600 pieces of structural steel
  • 46 tons of roof bar joist
  • 40,000 sq ft of floor deck
  • 40,000  sq ft of roof deck
  • 10,000 shear studs
  • 3,000 sq ft of mechanical platforms

 * The concrete alone equals 123,000 80lb bags from your local hardware store.


What’s next ?

 Parsippany II


"You can't get around the chemistry of concrete"


As you can see, the outer shell of the facility will soon be completed, the weather proofing will commence and we will move to the interior. The electrical conduits are being run in the floors, the masons start building the block walls between the power room and datacenter floor, and the first floor interior concrete pour occurs.

Most people don’t realize that newly poured concrete requires a curing period of 30 days to properly dry, prior to sealing and polishing.   Proper curing means you get the designed floor load, key to holding up heavy cabinets filled with gear.  We've been working around the clock on nearly every other element of the build, but you can’t get around the chemistry of concrete. 

The floors will be diamond polished, which we chose for several reasons. Aesthetically, the mirror finish looks fantastic. It's also much easier to keep clean, eliminating the dust commonly associated with concrete and reducing airborne particulate over time. Lastly, it's much more durable than a lot of other concrete options, because there are no topical membranes to flake peel or bubble. If I could have this in my house, I would. :)  


Coming in Fall 2014

In every new build, going back to our first company owned and operated facility in 1999, we've always blended our years of experience with the latest in new technology, and this extension is no exception. The sum total of all these big & small details are what will make Parsippany II an innovative datacenter, and we're excited to open the doors. We are shooting for October 1st occupancy and will stay focused on hitting that date.

If you're interested in hearing more, want to go on a tour, or just want to talk about datacenter construction in general, give us a shout. We’re always happy to talk about the nuances of datacenter design and operations.

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Topics: data center, colocation, net access, expansion