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Reliability, especially as a hedge against natural disasters, is paramount to any data center’s operations. The BBVA Technology Center, Atizapan, Mexico, provides critical IT support for the bank’s worldwide operations. Its location—on high ground at the edge of Mexico City, an active earthquake region—made it imperative that this 31,025-sm facility be designed to the highest levels of safety and redundancy.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, lead designer on this Tier IV data center, protected the building from seismic events through progressive collapse design strategies and a foundation isolator beneath the building, explains Kim Van Holsbeke, Associate Director in SOM’s New York office.