next generation of data center revitalization

Evolutions in technology have transformed the data center. Once large computing centers, these spaces now house highly sophisticated investments in multi-functional electronics that provide networked connectivity to various applications.

The pace at which these advancements were introduced and adopted in the marketplace outpaced the development of industry standards. Industry experts, including multiple from Hargis, engaged with the Telecommunications Industry Association to develop TIA 942 – the industry adopted data center structured cabling standard published in 2003. Followed by the best practices published in 2007 and updated since, we have been at the forefront of data center planning and design.

Prior to the standard, a number of server rooms turned into quasi data centers. As entities’ reliance on the spaces grew so did the systems and associated equipment housed within these spaces and deficiencies were exposed.  Hargis is balancing previous investments with industry standards and best practices to poise the spaces to provide reliable, mission critical functionality with an eye towards future capacity.



Occupied in 2002, the data center was constructed prior to the establishment of adopted industry standards. In today’s terms, it would be classified as a Tier 1 data center with some Tier 2 attributes. The data center supports South King County 911 call center and dispatch services. Leading the study and survey of the data center environmental systems, the team developed and executed a phased approach to integrate redundancy and expand capacity of the cooling system to comply with Tier III standards within the live operating environment.



The agency provides public transportation and emergency support services to approximately 600,000 individuals across 292 square miles (75.6k hectares). Hargis led the headquarter Communications Center system renovation and server room upgrade to improve system performance and align with Homeland Security and critical infrastructure protocol requirements.




A new 24/7/365 operational building that serves 9 law enforcement and 17 fire protection agencies. Critical systems featured in the 10,000 sf facility include a 300 kw generator system with manual connection for a portable generator, and 40 wet cell batteries to provide up to one hour of back-up redundancy. Equipment specified had to be strategically sourced with distributors that have less than one-hour, on-site response times to support on-going operations.  




A 37,000 sf space that houses the district’s Energy Control Center (ECC), 3,000 sf Tier II Data Center (DC) and additional office space. The new ECC features a new map board to monitor system performance and outages. Redundant system strategies were developed to support the emergency response requirements of the 24/7, 3,000 sf ECC-DC spaces while aligning with sustainable design objectives. One integrated approach captured energy from the Tier II data center, coupled it with the geothermal central plant and distributed heating to the adjacent commercial office space via a hydronic condensing system. Integrated with a well-planned EMS and lighting system, the overall building achieved the LEED® Gold Certification goals while creating additional heating and cooling capacity beyond the current demand.  



The 330,000 sf headquarter was completed at the time when portable technology was just being introduced (1994). As technology evolved, code requirements advanced and the networked environment ensued, a number of spaces and supporting systems were retrofitted to serve as the department’s and tenants’ mission critical data center and high-technology spaces.  In 2006, after obtaining LEED Silver certification, the department engaged Hargis to initiate what would become an 8-year 11-phased initiative that would create stable environments to serve as the data center, tenant server, testing lab and MDF rooms. Critical to these changes was addressing the mechanical, electrical, UPS and generator power systems.  As one of the most recent projects our team led the integration of a new 1,500 sf standalone building to house the two, 800kW unit generator paralleled and configured for N+1 redundancy; as well as a new egress road from the facility in order to reroute traffic and protect the new generator plant.


Three cooling system failures over an 18-month period led to an evaluation of 4,000 sf space that houses district-wide applications to over 100 campuses within 30 server enclosures. The team’s study and survey drew the same conclusion of various other spaces designed at the same time (2001) – not intended to house data center functionality. Compounding the owner’s operational challenges were the budgetary constraints. In order to allocate funding to commence with the upgrades, a budget needed to align with the district’s funding cycles. Hargis supported these efforts by developing five options, with one fully designed and evaluated under two construction strategies and the option of pre-purchasing equipment. Each option was presented with a supporting cost opinion, based upon the detailed, itemized cost opinion for the fully designed option that the team led through design and construction.