GCI Data Center – Phases 1 & 2

  • Location Anchorage, AK
  • Client Statewide Petroleum Services
  • Owner GCI
  • The Data’s in the Details

    A data infrastructure that covers the entire state.

  • Communication is Key

    Down time for the state-wide telecommunications network is not an option.

A seamless facility upgrade. A vital link in data infrastructure for the state of Alaska and GCI, the building selected to house the GCI Data Center required significant renovation and seismic upgrades to ensure continued operation in the event of a massive earthquake. The concrete tilt-up building’s seismic upgrade had to allow for an expedited schedule and no service interruption for the Data Center. Reid Middleton’s structural engineers combined the necessary sub-diaphragm strapping with the diaphragm nailing and altered the installation to coincide with a reroofing project. This approach maximized the effectiveness of the project and reduced the overall budget significantly. To create a simplified server rack location in the space, a new lattice of steel wide-flange beams was located 14 feet above the finished floor. This allowed the lights, cable racks, power supplies, and other equipment to be mounted above the server racks without having to extend hangers to the main roof 25 feet overhead. Business continuity equipment such as new fuel tanks, a generator, and cooling equipment were added to the facility to ensure continued operation even in the worst natural disaster.