IBM Highbrook Business Park, Auckland

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Building Group provided detailed concept design, design review, commissioning, and performance acceptance testing on behalf of IBM.


  • Size: 55,972 square feet
  • Construction Cost: $61.2 million
  • Client/Owner: IBM
  • Architect: Jasmax
  • Contractor: Goodman Property
  • Completion Date: 2011

With the design concept utilizing a combination of free cooling (use of ambient outside air) and filtered rainwater to cool computing equipment, IBM contracted Tetra Tech to review the detailed design for compliance with the original concept design, aid in the development of the performance acceptance testing plan, provide on-site commissioning management, and witness performance acceptance tests. Tetra Tech’s previous experience in free cooling in Data Centers such as HP Wynyard in the UK made it a natural choice for design review on this project.

Features and Innovations:

As the developer of all performance acceptance testing, Tetra Tech documented some 70 pages of detailed testing to ensure the project fulfilled all requirements before IBM took ownership. This was completed by the developer prior to a four-week intensive period during which Tetra Tech represented the client in witnessing the outcomes of tests, and any re-testing required. As part of the test regime, operational readiness testing was included, requiring the facility managers to recover from failure scenarios.

In delivering their project, our team demonstrated our detailed understanding of mechanical and electrical systems, fire engineering, controls, and hydraulics for the construction and operation of a mission-critical data center.