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WORCESTER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Medical School is building a new data center along with supporting infrastructure here. Tishman Construction Corp. of Massachusetts (TCC-MA) is on board as the construction manager for the project which began in May 2009 looks to top off in March 2010.

According to a release, the data center “will provide scalable, secure and redundant storage capabilities for [UMass Medical Center's] current and future data requirements.” The data center will be part of a 225,000-square-foot existing building renovating 30,000 square feet of impacted space and 7,000 square feet of white space. The data center will have significant green components to it, as per UMass’s request, according to a source at Tishman. The primary use will be for the UMass center and UMass President’s office.

“This data center will be extremely energy efficient, utilizing new technologies such as flywheel-backed UPS systems and air side economizing,” says Paul Hanbury, P.E., senior mechanical project manager at UMass’s Medical Center, in a statement. “By removing all HVAC compoenents from the data center box while providing complete system monitoring, we can essentially turn off the lights.”

The center will be part of the Worcester City Campus. UMass would not disclose the cost of the construction and green fit.

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