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Duvall Decker Architects

Duvall Decker Architects

Jackson, MS

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The complex is located is a wooded education and research campus. This is a view from the campus loop road.
The complex is located is a wooded education and research campus. This is a view from the campus loop road.
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Mississippi Department of Information Technology Office and Data Center

The Data Center provides 24-7 emergency operations for MDITS, and has full redundancy for critical data processing, telecommunication systems and network operations. The complex is designed to meet or exceed FEMA and GSA data center protection and force protection guidelines.   The Data Center building is designed with hardened construction and redundant enclosure, electrical and mechanical systems.  

The central plant, including hvac systems, chillers, boilers, cooling towers, uninterrupted power systems and generators include redundant capacity and are located within the hardened enclosure.  The materials and details ensure that the building is resilient, safe, and requires minimal maintenance.  It is designed to withstand F4 level tornados and hurricanes (200 mph winds).  Although data centers are large consumers of electricity, the buildings are efficient. Every strategy, from harvesting natural light for the office building to super efficient envelope systems of construction is employed. The internal heat load is reduced with the most efficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. 

The program consists of very different typologies; functions, construction systems and experiences.  One building is monolithic, poured in place concrete, hardened for protection of machines with minimal staff, the other, an open steel frame structure, and flexible floor plan to house 150 workers; one building public, the other a secure, and private.  While each building is in high contrast to the other there are dependencies that link them as siblings.  

The buildings are formed in part by the complex requirements of their functional, technological requirements, but are also designed as dependencies.  The buildings are positioned and shaped as sisters.   The reciprocal volumes are organized to respond dynamically to each other, they measure each other.  A third shape, held between the buildings forming an internal court, grounds their pairing. The court provides a security buffer to the data center and doubles as a staff outdoor east -west oriented garden.  It is designed to house a canopy of shade trees. The complex forms an ensemble where cohesion is created amongst a group, a kind of connection in the give-and-take of the perceived conversation.

With a similar architectural expression the difference between the siblings in an ensemble promotes an expended field of potential experience.  It is the comparable but measurable differences and aspects of two things that intertwine them reciprocally.  These strategies are brought interior by extending and forshorting perspectival views in public spaces.

In an ensemble there is no separation between objects – there is no subject and object.  There is no space between.  The transactions of the figures overlap; the transactions intertwine the figures in a way where there is no space.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Jackson, MS, US
My Role: Architect

 
The complex is located is a wooded education and research campus. This is a view from the campus loop road.
The complex is located is a wooded education and research campus. This is a view from the campus loop road.
Views of internal court between Sister buildings; a third shape. Perspectives and distances lengthened and shorted.
Views of internal court between Sister buildings; a third shape. Perspectives and distances lengthened and shorted.
Standard conference room.
Standard conference room.
Open offices along north wall. Light harvested deep into building.
Open offices along north wall. Light harvested deep into building.
Waiting, reception, and public spaces all have a family of materials; pecan paneling, ground face masonry, and natural slate.
Waiting, reception, and public spaces all have a family of materials; pecan paneling, ground face masonry, and natural slate.