2009 Bentley Be Inspired Awards

PSE Project “Virginia Data Center 6” in Ashburn, VA

This $78 million LEED-certified data center in Ashburn, Va., is designed to remain fully functional — ensuring zero downtime for servers — during and after a seismic event. The building is the sister to a data center design for the same owner in another region. Although the first building has different seismic tolerances, the project team was able to reuse the previous RAM model.

Working with new seismic parameters, the design team used RAM Structural System to do multiple iterations of the model and optimize steel sections and structural framing. This not only reduced engineering hours but also ensured that the client would not waste construction costs on unnecessary steel and building materials. Bentley software helped the team achieve the building’s mission-critical criteria in the most cost-effective way.