Data Centers

When designing data centers, Technology Plus works as part of a design team focusing on the communications infrastructure and the owner's technology requirements. We work with the owner to lay out communications infrastructure and technology requirements to meet long and short term goals. We also identify power and cooling requirements. Additionally as part of the design team we focus on center reliability (tier 1,2,3,4) and designing energy efficient Center. 

Technology Plus is an approved provider for EXCEL energy to perform a data center efficiency study.  (For More Information)

Featured Case Studies

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility
Golden, Colorado

Technology Plus is engaged by RNL Design and Haselden Construction for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Building design-build project. This facility will accommodate a staff of 800, a 4,000 square-foot data center, and will be a significant building for the Department of Energy and NREL. It will be a showcase of sustainable high-performance design and as such, will carry a (LEED™) Platinum rating.  

Early involvement of Technology Plus allows for specific requirements definition, effective planning and ease integration with the civil, mechanical and electrical infrastructure.  Designing systems with flexibility, reliability and adaptability will allow NREL to accommodate new systems and technologies as they emerge, without a major investment in the underlying infrastructure.

The Technology Plus Data Center design work includes determining or confirming the equipment power loads and cooling requirements, developing floor plans, recommending which type of rack cooling system should be specified, defining floor requirements and under floor pathways. In addition the security system for the Data Center was part of our scope. The design includes a sophisticated access control system and a network connected surveillance system.

The systems addressed by Technology Plus include:

  • Structured Cabling System
  • Voice and Data Systems
  • Wireless System Design
  • In-Building Antenna System
  • Security System
  • Audiovisual Systems


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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Parker, Colorado

Technology Plus provided the design of the technology systems and infrastructure for Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The design was based on a Master Plan and programming sessions with the Dean of the University.

The following systems were included:

  • Structured Cabling System
  • Outside Plant
  • Data Network
  • Wireless Access
  • DataCenter
  • Security Systems
  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Distance Learning

The data center was a total design that encompassed determining the room size, rack layouts, equipment heat loads, cooling equipment, UPS, cable pathways, power pathways and fire protection system selection to specifications for floor type, ceiling type, cooling equipment, UPS, network switches, servers and storage devices.

The facility includes auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories, library, exam rooms, clinic, data center and administrative offices.  The early involvement of Technology Plus proved to be effective in coordinating the technology infrastructure with the structural, mechanical and electrical infrastructure yielding a design that is flexible, reliable and is easily adaptable to emerging and future technologies.



BC logoBoulder County Communications Center
Boulder, Colorado

Technology Plus was contracted by Boulder County to design a Data Center and an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) as part of the new Communications Building.  This building was designed as a 24/7 facility to support the surrounding campus and radio operations for the County. 

Key elements in the design included:

  • Placement of the Computer-Aided Dispatch equipment
  • Rack design, raised floor, power distribution and cable pathways
  • Calculation of power and cooling load requirements
  • Integration of radio equipment in a shielded room
  • Outside plant design to accommodate redundant feeds from Qwest and other suppliers
  • Location of the demarcation point and IT equipment


This design achieved a quieter more comfortable work environment, and allowed easy access to the equipment for maintenance or replacement.  By  locating the equipment in a data center environment, equipment life was extended by maintaining ideal operating temperatures.  The integration of voice, data, and microwave and radio communications was a key element of the design.

As one of the largest meeting rooms in the County, the EOC was designed to function as a multi-purpose room.  The room serves as a training room, multi-departmental meeting room and the primary venue for multimedia presentations.  The EOC objective was to enable the display of GIS Information, CATV feeds, local video feeds, resource status and other pertinent information to allow quick dissemination of situation information without a formal debrief.    Audiovisual components include an audio conference system, a large projection screen and multiple flat panel monitors, with the capability to display as many as eight distinct images. Wireless microphones were specified to maximize flexibility for room layout from a collaborative configuration to a presentation setup.  Non-technical users tie all these functions together with a touch screen control panel which provides ease of use.