A confidential client proposed the construction of a $200 million data center on the campus of its Flat Rock, MI, assembly plant to increase its grip into new mobility services and connected vehicles. The client predicted future data usage to increase by 1,000 percent, driven not only by connected, autonomous and electrified vehicles, but also from manufacturing needs. The 245,000 sq-ft, one-story data center would stand 30 ft high and include 13,000 sq ft of office and conference space, and small parking and loading dock areas. When complete, the building would be sturdy enough to withstand tornado-like winds, per Flat Rock’s director of building and safety.
The project also included the construction of two cooling towers. Due to poor soil conditions at the site, Menard USA was contracted to provide ground improvement – the selected techniques were dynamic replacement and vibro stone columns (VSC).