Data Center Design, Construction, and Site Selection

Data Center Design, Construction, and Site Selection

April 20-21, 2020 | Online :: Central Time Zone (CT)

This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses.

It is said that the growth of the data center industry is currently larger than the 20th century industrial revolution and it is about to get bigger in ways we never thought of.

As we enter a new decade, emerging trends in technology and the demand for sustainability is shaping the future of the data center industry.  The infrastructure to support the expected explosive growth IoT devices and cloud services driven further by the rollout of 5G networks are forcing data centers to get ahead of the growth curve. Moreover, the focus on the data center industry as an excessive consumer of global power is creating enhanced markets for renewable energies as data centers adapt to more sustainable operations.

This is an interactive course on evolving: Data center siting criteria; the shifting designs to meet changing technological, operational and market needs; and the impact on a shrinking construction budget and timeline. All attendees are encouraged to fully participate in the discussion with questions answered throughout the two days.

Learning Outcomes


  • Assess how to determine the “best” data center sites
  • Review location and incentives
  • Identify speed to market – Growth thru acquisition


  • Review of the present-day approaches to infrastructure design as a reference point
  • Identify the evolving trends with discussions on the opportunities/challenges
  • Power:
    • The rise in power density and distributed power concepts
    • Clean energy – The new frontier for data centers and utilities
    • The changing attitudes on back-up power
  • Cooling:
    • Is “Free Cooling” free / Cooling without compressors
    • The rise and return in direct water-cooled processing
  • Discuss connectivity today and in the future
  • Review the forgotten systems
    • Fire – Components: How does it work? Does anyone know?
    • Water – How much does one need?
    • Fuel – Diesel, natural gas, biogas – What are the challenges?
    • Automation
      • Scan rates: Is it really “Realtime”?
      • Information overload


  • Discover strategic building
  • What are the new timelines
  • Discuss the drive towards site assembly vs stick build
  • Building at $3 – $8M per megawatt
  • Identify opportunities beyond BIM



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course  to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used.


Monday, April 20, 2020

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

8:00  – 9:00 a.m. :: Intro to Data Centers & Site Selection

  • Markets, Solutions & Confusion
  • Developing the Criteria
  • Raw Land and Renovation
  • Site Development – Does It Fit?
  • Labor Availability
  • Incentives
  • Networks – Can’t Work Without Them

9:00 – 9: 10 a.m. :: Break

9:10  – 10:00 a.m. :: Intro to Data Centers & Site Selection (continued)

10:00 – 10: 10 a.m. :: Break

10:10 – 11:00 a.m. :: Design – Architecture

  • Discuss Uptime Understanding – Tier Management and Reliability
  • Data Center Technology Layouts
  • Building Adjacencies
  • Densities & Efficiency
  • DCIM/Automation – Adding Complexity
  • Fire Systems & Changing Codes
  • Fuel, Water & Waste Systems
  • Security Systems

11:00 – 11: 10 a.m. :: Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Design – Architecture (continued)

12:30  – 1:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. :: Design – Power

  • Transmission vs Distribution Service
  • Right Sizing the Service
  • Power Topologies
  • AC vs DC
  • Green Energy – Fuel Cell, Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geothermal

2:30  – 2:40 p.m. :: Break

2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. :: Design – Power

3:30  – 3:40 p.m. :: Break

3:40 – 5:00 p.m. :: Design – Power (Continued)

  • Site Power – Buried vs Overhead
  • UPS Varieties > Virtual Power
  • Rethinking Batteries
  • Rethinking Generators
  • Onsite Fuel

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

8:00  – 9:00 a.m. :: Design – Mechanical

  • Conventional
  • Modified Conventional
  • DX
  • Direct Evaporative
  • Indirect Evaporative
  • Atomized Cooling

9:00  – 9: 10 a.m. :: Break

9:10  – 10:00 a.m. :: Design – Mechanical (continued)

10:00  – 10: 10 a.m. :: Break

10:10 – 11:00 a.m. :: Design – Mechanical

  • 100% Outside Air
  • Chicken Coop & Dome Designs
  • Water Closer to the Load
  • Direct Water Cooled
  • Micro Data Centers
  • Edge Computing

11:00  – 11: 10 a.m. :: Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Design – Mechanical

12:30  – 1:30 p.m. ::  Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. :: Construction

  • Stick vs Modular, vs Renovation
  • The Drive to Pre-Fab
  • Schedule & Long Leads
  • Bidding vs Negotiating
  • Owner Purchased Components
  • The Budget
  • Attracting Prime Subs and Specialties
  • Site Logistics & Temp Power

2:30 – 2:40 p.m. :: Break

2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. :: Construction (continued)

3:30 – 3:40 p.m. :: Break

3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Construction/Commissioning

  • Client Technology Installs
  • BIM, Shop Drawings – The Missed Opportunity
  • Digitizing Manuals & As-Builts
  • When Does Commissioning Start?
  • Team Size – Defining Responsibilities for Support
  • Defining the Pass/Fail Criteria
  • Training


Dr. Dennis Cronin, CEO, Resilient Solutions, LLC

For over 40 years Dr. Cronin has been a leader in the operational aspects of technology in both Enterprise and Colocation operations. The greater part of his career has been with large fortune 500 financial and retail organizations.

Dr. Cronin is the CEO of Resilient Solutions, LLC—a Mission Critical Consultancy firm founded in 2003 that is focused on data center Design/Construction, Operations, Marketing, Forensics and Research. Previously, Dr. Cronin has held the positions as Technical Managing Director for the Research Foundation at Binghamton University and COO of Steel ORCA. He has 20 years of experience in designing and constructing back office operations for multiple Wall Street firms.

Currently, his efforts are spotlighting Data Center Education, Staff Certifications and industry research.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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