Skanska to Build $150M Energy Efficient Data Center

Skanska USA Building has been selected to build a new $150 million 205,000-square-foot data center project for an Internet trading company in the western United States. Construction is currently under way and is scheduled for completion in May 2010.Computing power is critical to the company’s operations and the aim is to increase data capacity. Energy efficient solutions that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases were decisive in the selection of Skanska for implementing the project. Skanska has developed a total solution that reduces energy costs for operation and cooling of the facility by up to 60 percent compared with traditional technology.“We have focused on developing our expertise within Green Construction,” Mike McNally, president of Skanska USA Building, said in a release. “Our green solution benefits us, the customer and the environment. We strengthen competitiveness for both parties while at the same time reducing environmental impact.”Skanska is a provider of construction, general contracting, design and design-build services to clients in a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, healthcare, educational, electronics, infrastructure, sports and entertainment.Earlier this month, CPN reported that Skanska has been awarded a contract to design and build the William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich., at a contract amount of $56 million. The project is a joint venture between Skanska and construction management firm Barton Malow, in which Skanska has a 51 percent stake.The project originally broke ground in June 2007 and is expected to be completed in October 2010. The plans call for approximately 17,000 square feet of facilities on the site, including about 7,000 square feet dedicated to an emergency care center and a critical care tower. Moreover, the firm plans to build a three-story ambulatory care center, an expansion on the existing West Tower, a loading dock, powerhouse expansion and a connector bridge linking the existing main campus to the new ambulatory care center.