Performance Driven, Poetically Crafted Architecture


Data CenterCentre

From Dirt to Data in Under Two Years

At 500,000 square feet, FTW12 was the Client’s largest data centercentre at time of completion. Each data hall provides 34 MW of IT power, totaling 68 MW for FTW12. Breaking ground in 2015, the facility was online and serving traffic by May 2017, utilizing a phased building turnover to maximize schedule efficiency. Thanks to our unique penthouse design, the data centerscentres are cooled using outside air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners. Additionally, the building is 80% more water-efficient than the average data centercentre.

The campus, including 5 data halls and 3 admin buildings, will be fully built-out by 2021.

FTW is served by 100% renewable energy. The Client collaborated to erect a 200MW wind farm 90 miles from site.

AIA Chicago - Distinguished Building Award, 2020

The perforated panels on FTW12’s admin façade contain secret messages. Pairs of perforated panels spell out phrases that emphasize company culture using an inverse IBM punch code. Adding function to the form, the perforated panels on the façade are designed and located to provide sun shading for the southwest facing elevation, while providing security for the admin building courtyards. They are clustered to provide privacy screening for the more private functions of the admin building such as conference rooms.