DC Blox Birmingham

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Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects (POH) designed this flagship data center for the Atlanta-based DC Blox. The project was designed with the goal of future phased expansion. POH worked closely with consultants to meet Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI Standards) to uphold the importance of security and reliability. The fully monitored center boasts a fully protected private network, and 5MW of customer capacity in a precast concrete shell designed to withstand 150 mph winds. The conference rooms, demo space, hoteling cubes, and workstations comprise a notable office space. The Birmingham location is DC Blox’s fourth data facility, and the second designed by POH Architects.

Concept Model:
 29Jun18_1 - Rendering

The design accentuates the contrast between the exposed industrial components and concrete structure with the most up-to-date communication, network, and security systems of today.

Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC Blox, was quoted saying, "Birmingham crossed the iron bridge to its digital future.” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who toured the center before speaking at its ribbon cutting ceremony, said "the center will set us apart from the rest of the nation. This will put us on the map with an innovative approach for processing and housing data.”

33,000 -SF

Interior Design
Graphic Design

Project Features
Up to 5MW critical load
N+1 generator backup
N+1 UPS systems
Dual UPS feeds to all cabinets
24-hour on-site fuel storage

Enhanced security built to CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) standards
Perimeter fencing
24x7x365 manned security desk
Vehicle gate
Secure customer lockers
Layered security from the perimeter to each cabinet
CCTV at perimeter, ingress/egress, office, data hall and cabinets

N+1 Cooling
High efficiency DX system
Hot aisle containment

2021 PCI Design Award Logo
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute - Design Award
Best Data Center

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