Washington University Data Center Expansion

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The facility’s sophisticated computer networks store massive amounts of genomic data used to identify the genetic origins of cancer and other diseases.

The university’s scientists have pioneered the sequencing of cancer patients’ genomes and are engaged in ambitious research to decode the genomes of hundreds of microbes.

Clayco provided construction services for the expansion of Washington University’s high-powered data center for genomics located on the School of Medicine campus. The new building addition doubles the size of the data center which houses sophisticated computer networks that store massive amounts of genomic data used to identify the genetic origins of cancer and other diseases.

The expanded state-of-the-art facility helps accelerate the pace of genomics-based discoveries, for which Washington University is widely known.

The data center houses a network of some 10,000 computer processors with more than 10 petabytes (10 million gigabytes) of disk storage that run around the clock. The human genome is written in 3 billion letters of genetic code, a sequence of A’s, C’s, G’s and T’s. To understand how much data that is, scientists estimate that if a person’s genome were written in a book, it would fill 200,000 pages and take almost 10 years to read without stopping.

CLIENT

Washington University

LOCATION

St. Louis, Missouri

SIZE

17,000 SF building / 12,500 SF data center

KEY FACTS

  • Architect: Tec Plus Architect

AWARDS

St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers Best Practices Award – 2012