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'We want to know
we have good people
working for us and
with us.'
Finding Clashes
Design started on the data center in the fall of 2014 and continues as the campus is built out. The project has benefited from the
use of building information modeling (BIM), Hill Group Senior
Project Engineer Courtney O'Connor notes.
After laser-scanning the building, the project team developed 3-D models. "It allows you to find clashes before you have
materials on site," she says. "You can build the job before actually
building it."
BIM enabled Mortenson and the project team to determine
whether or not electrical and mechanical systems would actually
fit in the data center. "We worked closely with ESD, Corgan and
QTS's facilities group and leveraged the modeling effort to ensure
that building systems not only fit, but were serviceable and
maintainable," Stapleton recalls.
BIM also helped the project team plan for the future expansion of the QTS Chicago campus. "Planning the installation of
complex mechanical and electrical systems inside an existing
structure requires detailed coordination," says John Martinez,
project executive with Continental Electric Construction Co.
"Weekly BIM coordination meetings were key to ensuring the
overall design fit within the building constraints. The layout of
the entire facility was completed on day one," Martinez says.
As QTS continues its modular deployment of mechanical and
electrical equipment, the project is already designed to allow this
growth. "That is essential to the ongoing success of the project,"
Stapleton adds.
BIM also helps with team collaboration over long distances.
Although several team members are based outside of Chicago,

Critical Work
Based in Overland Park, Kan., QTS Realty Trust Inc. says it is a
leader in secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services. "QTS features the nation's only fully integrated
technology services platform providing flexible, scalable solutions for the federal government, financial services, healthcare
and high-tech industries," it says.
The company owns, operates and manages more than 5
million square feet of data center space and supports over
1,000 customers. "In addition, QTS' critical facilities management provides increased efficiency and greater performance for
third-party data center owners and operators," it says.

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