Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Data Center Strategy

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Data Center Operations and Management

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Data Center Design and Engineering

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Data Center Construction and Commissioning

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Project Details

The project is for the design and construction of the Digital Infrastructure Capability Expansion (DICE) facility based upon the conceptual design. It is a one-story facility of approximately 13,000 square feet with a 1,700 square foot basement vault for the connection of the campus fiber and copper infrastructure that is then routed up into the building for distribution and termination. The building will be a new ground up facility with an adjacent service yard of electrical and mechanical equipment and is to be located in an existing parking lot on the campus, across the street from the existing B256 building. The building will house new IT/telecommunication equipment racks with space for future expansion and densification. The electrical and mechanical systems and infrastructure will be provided to accommodate that expansion and densification. The DICE building will also include a small office area with offices, conference room, kitchenette, restrooms, and storage.


The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) campus network and telecommunications needs are served primarily from a centrally located building constructed between 1985 and 1988. During the thirty-four years of its operation, technology and capability demands have changed such that the current facility is unable to accommodate current and future demands or meet modern reliability standards.

The objective of the Digital Infrastructure Capability Expansion (DICE) project is to construct a new essential facility that efficiently supports the LLNL mission by replacing the outdated facility with a new facility capable of supporting LLNL’s communication and networking requirements for the next 40 years. The new facility will need to have the attributes of modern central communications capability including robust seismic performance and redundant mechanical/electrical systems which minimize operational interruptions and maximizes facility availability. The objective facility performance is equivalent to Uptime Institute Tier III Standard Topology. The facility will also provide new space for technical support personnel that support the facility and program operations. The desired building size is approximately 13,000 square feet (SF) with an approximately 1,700 SF basement for incoming/outgoing communications and networking cable, wire, and fiber.

Design Parameters

800 kW Day-One IT Load

Eighty (80) Day-One IT Enclosures

Building Footprint Matches Base Design

Improved Efficiency & Reduced Costs

More Resilient Cooling Design Approach

Simplification of Construction Methods


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