Industry Perspectives: Green House Data Chronicles Design, Build

Just what are the steps to building a data center from a green field and who’s involved? We recently ran a series of Industry Perspectives columns about the process of planning and building a data center by Shawn Mills of Green House Data.


The articles, listed below, follow the development of a new Green House Data facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming, tracing its path from our initial decisions to expand through to site selection, business grants and incentives, the design process, and finally, wrapping up with ground breaking and construction. The intent was to showcase a “standard” data center, rather than an enormous mega-scale Internet giant’s data center, in order to inform companies of Green House Data’s size and help those small- and mid-size companies come away with new insight into the balancing act of building a highly efficient facility with limited experience and access to resources.

Building Efficient Data Centers – Facility development for smaller operators varies from what the Big Boys at Apple and Google are able to do. This article kicks off a series on data center construction for the smaller company and how to leverage the experience of an enterprise more scaled to the small- or mid-sized business.

Picking the Right Partner: Facility Development for Smaller Operators – How do you choose development and design partners? While you may want to design and build your facility yourself, there are many advantages to working with partners so you can stay focused on your customers, while still meeting the goals for your new facility.

From the Ground Up: Building an Efficient Data Center – This column explains more about designing an efficient facility, where design partners are the most useful and how site limitations and local ordinances force a compromise between the ideal infrastructure and realistic expectations.

A Data Center Build: Site Development, Permits & Zoning – Once the design wheels are turning, it’s time to work with state and local governments on site development, permits and zoning. Many people groan at the thought of the politics involved, but this can actually be a rewarding chance to engage your community—and also improve business relationships.

A Data Center Build: Breaking Ground – With permits starting to be issued, contractors in place, state and local government on board, and schedules starting to really crystallize, it’s time to break ground, and celebrate with the community.

Industry Perspectives is a content channel at Data Center Knowledge highlighting thought leadership in the data center arena. See our guidelines and submission process for information on participating. View previously published Industry Perspectives in our Knowledge Library.

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About the Author

Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.

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