ESD Awarded Design Of Server Farm Realty Mega Data Center/Electronic Trading Facility

CHICAGO, IL  – January 20, 2011 – ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.), a specialist in mission critical facilities, has been awarded a contract to design Server Farm Realty’s 440,000 square foot data center/electronic trading facility in Chicago’s south loop. 

Located at 840 South Canal Street, the new facility will combine an electronic trading environment offering 30 watts per square foot with over 130,000 square feet of data center space designed at 150 watts per square foot.  Previously owned by Northern Trust, the property was upgraded to support data center space prior to the Server Farm acquisition.  The facility will be supported by over 32MW of power ultimately, and be backed up by over twenty 2,500 kW generators.  It is complemented by a floor load of 225 lbs. per square foot.

“The electronic trading industry is perhaps the hottest market in Chicago, complemented by pent-up demand within the data center market,” notes Paul Schlattman, Vice President of ESD Mission Critical Facilities. “This unique site near downtown Chicago provides the best of both worlds.  And it offers the reliability that is so critical to data center owners along with the low latency that is essential for the electronic trading community.” 

States Avner Papouchado  President of Server Farm Realty, “The timing of this project is perfect, especially when considering that there is no space available in Chicago for new data center customers.  In addition, we are designing space that far exceeds our competition in regards to efficiency and quality.”

The new data center/electronic trading facility will be ready for initial occupancy in September.

About ESD

A specialist in mission critical facility design, ESD is an internationally recognized consulting engineering firm focused on providing best-in-class building system design solutions that are developed to meet  each client’s specific technical and economic goals. Utilizing an integrative design process, ESD’s engineering and design professionals (200+) apply innovative technologies such as energy modeling and BIM (Building Information Modeling) to address owners’ needs while challenging traditional design and construction methodologies.  Founded in 1967, ESD’s reach is global with projects completed throughout the world from its headquarters office in Chicago, Illinois.  As a certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), the firm is a valued partner for many public and private clients seeking to enrich collaboration through diversity.  ESD’s services include: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering;  LEED Certification Consulting;  Sustainable Design/Energy Modeling;  Commissioning; Technology Systems; and BIM.  For more information, please visit:

Bruce Ross Associates Inc.
1501 Broadway, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10036
212-944-6435 (FAX)


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