Oracle Cell 2.1

Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for Oracle’s new data center space.


  • Size: 30,000 square feet
  • Construction Cost: $34 million
  • Client/Owner: Oracle
  • Architect: Gensler
  • Contractor: Holder Construction
  • Completion Date: 2014

Energy costs skyrocket as the need for data storage increases exponentially by the year. This fact was not lost on technology giant Oracle when it needed to construct a 30,000-square-foot data center space to meet its growing storage needs. Wanting to show that that those increasing energy costs could be mitigated without sacrificing stability and reliability, Oracle turned to Tetra Tech to help design its Utah Compute Facility Phase 2 Data Center (Oracle Cell 2.1) in West Jordan, Utah.

Oracle chose to build out an existing space in a modular fashion that allowed it to take advantage of newer technologies that support the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designs needed to achieve the desired energy savings. Tetra Tech’s teams used Revit to create an always-current Building Information Modeling (BIM) model that allowed them to visualize and coordinate solutions to optimize efficiencies and achieve significant cost savings. For example, with high humidification needs in the dry Utah desert, waste heat is captured from the IT equipment and used to evaporate water into moisture, combating the dry outside air. Variable controls were also implemented to ensure the amount of cool air needed to prevent equipment overheating was the precise amount necessary based on time of day and usage rates.

With Tetra Tech’s help, the Oracle Cell 2.1 data center will save an extra $250,000 a year in energy spending when compared to similar facilities built to Utah’s energy code.

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