Building A Sturdy Data Center Roof

We’ve seen a lot of videos that look at various aspects of data center construction, including many time-lapse videos providing an accelerated view of the process. Here’s a new one: a video that focuses on the construction of the data center roof for the new Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano. This 1-minute clip provides a sense of the infrastructure for a strong roof, which is an important consideration in buildings where heavy equipment will be stored on the rooftop. Each roof beam is 35 meters long and weights 50 tons, and are moved into place by a mobile crane that weighs 380 tons.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. We've put out some info about our data center's roof build as well:

  2. “Roofing Ceremony” for the new Swiss National Supercomputing Centre On February 3rd, 2011 ETH Zurich and Implenia Impresa Generale SA are pleased to celebrate with the authorities the “Roofing Ceremony” for the new Swiss Supercomputing Centre in Lugano. See the video of the construction at