CCALS Partner Initiatives

Data Centers


  • Problem: Data centers seldom meet the operational and capacity requirements of their initial designs
  • Interest: A data center company interested in relocating to VA and establishing a center with a 10-15 year life cycle, considering flexibility and scalability
  • Benefit: Site location (power and water), state support, building design, educated workforce


  • Lessie Oliver-Clark (VSU)
  • Jim Lambert (UVA)
  • Hannan Naeeni (Longwood)
  • Mike Robinson (ODU)
  • Tom Roper (VCU)

Technical Objectives/Approach

  • Determine logistics support for site locations
  • Review building selection, floor layout, electrical system design, mechanical design and modularity. Goal = Minimize risk
  • Collaboratively develop risk register to minimize disruptions and facilitate recovery and life cycle optimization
  • Practical experience for university students

Project Impact/Takeaway

  • Building location and design
  • Adequate level of backup power
  • Provide well-trained students
  • Energy efficiency
  • Meet requirements and reduce life cycle risks


Silicon Virginia?

CCALS is excited to be a part of this groundbreaking effort.

Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed legislation to establish the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA) in an effort to boost the state’s technology aspirations.

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