Omaha Civic Data Center
Located in the heart of downtown Omaha, the City of Omaha's data servers were spread throughout the existing 11-story government building. Many of the servers were at risk of environmental damage and security issues. The building's sublevels A and B are designated parking, and over 90 feet underground, sublevel C was used primarily for storage.
The Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission asked HDR to renovate a portion of sublevel C to consolidate all data serves into one secure data center environment. At 90 feet below grade and well below the water table, HDR was challenged to protect the critical equipment from water and create a conditioned environment with proper air intake and exhaust systems.
The facility is operational 24/7 and has highly reliable and redundant mechanical and electrical systems which minimize single points of failure and provide N+1 reliability of major systems. The design of the facility creates a transparent environment where the data servers are on display. Unable to use windows for natural daylight, the design team put a significant emphasis on lighting design to create a positive work environment.