Integrated Design Group, (ID) has announced that the third phase of construction at Equinix Data Center has been completed. ID was commissioned by Nova Mission Critical, a construction management company, to design an expansion to the 164,000-sq-ft facility in North Bergen, NJ.

As a fully integrated design firm, ID provided architectural and MEP design services for the data center expansion. Phase three involved adding approximately 14,800 sq ft of additional leasable data center raised floor to the existing building. ID first started working on the project in 2008 when the building was owned by Switch and Data. At that time, ID was commissioned to create a multi-phase master plan, phases one and two of which were completed in 2010.

Purchased in 2010 by Equinix, a publicly-owned corporation that provides carrier-neutral data centers and internet business exchanges (IBX), the data center is currently serving as a co-location facility for financial, media and enterprise companies.  One of the client’s major goals was for the data center to become flexible and scalable in order to accommodate potential future expansion. The third phase of the master plan included adding two data center suites, a technician’s room, UPS and switchgear rooms to support the new suites, two loading dock doors, a two megawatt emergency generator, and outdoor electrical services and equipment.  

Due to the master plan phasing, Equinix was able to keep the entire facility operational while constructing the two new suites.  The construction of two additional data center suites provided one private suite, with leasable space to support up to roughly 200 cabinets for a single tenant, and one multi-tenant suite.  The multi-tenant suite can provide up to 38 individual customer cages and 240 cabinets. 

Following recent Hurricane Sandy, this N.J. data center returned to full utility power within 24 hours with no impact to customers, according to official Equinix sources.