1100 Eastlake Data Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

With a PUE under 1.1, "AEI has raised the bar for data centers."

A global leader in cancer and infectious disease research, Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) wanted to consolidate and centralize into an on-site facility data center resources supporting essential computational work. With Affiliated Engineers, FHCRC's consulting engineers for more than 20 years and over 1.1 million square feet, they successfully scaled and customized the climate-leveraging strategies of large-scale commercial server farms in the region, bettering the energy efficiency of even their state-of-the-art benchmark organization.

The 8,000 square foot, 750 kW, Tier II data center is within the adaptive reuse of a former office building that includes life science laboratory and cryogenic sample storage spaces. With enclosed hot aisles improving operating efficiency, custom built-up, multi-fan arrays draw 100 percent outside supply air from a shade zone and below-grade areaway for "free cooling" during roughly 90% of annual hours. Direct evaporative cooling supplements and extends the economizer cycle, and traditional chilled water coils provide backup cooling for extreme weather conditions. The power system features an N+1 modular UPS, on-site diesel generation, and facility-wide metering. Secondary power is provided by a direct feed bypassing the UPS for enhanced reliability. Fire protection is provided by a double interlock preaction sprinkler system using the VESDA detection system. All of these facility systems are combined with a cabling system design utilizing the latest networking standards providing flexibility, efficiency, and both physical and logical redundancies.

Currently operating with a PUE of less than 1.1, the FHCRC facility is one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the country. Designed and constructed in 18 months at the same cost of a mechanically cooled data center, it accommodates more than double the capacity. Increasing research volume, throughout, and the resiliency of the organization's IT infrastructure, the new data center supports recruiting of the world-class research talent upon which the institution thrives. Just as importantly, the financial savings and long-term value of the facility frees up resources that can be channeled back into the FHCRC research mission.

From the client:
"I would like to recommend AEI for virtually any and all design work. The Data Center at Eastlake is a perfect example of why. They were able to come up with innovative ideas that allowed them to exceed all our goals while staying within budget both on the design side and on the construction side. They partnered with our benchmark institution, Microsoft, to give us a data center that was more energy efficient than our benchmark. This data center is so energy efficient that now Microsoft is studying their design. We have had over 200 technical professionals tour our new data center and all are amazed. The CEO of a major server hosting firm called it the finest data center he has ever seen; he took one tour and then asked for another. AEI has raised the bar for data centers."


Tier II Compliant
175,000 sf
Seattle, WA
ZGF Architects LLP
  • 2014 Visionary Award in the Energy Category
    -Seattle 2030 District
  • 2013 Puget Sound Chapter Technology Award
    -ASHRAE Puget Sound
  • 2012 Technology/Life Sciences Development of the Year
    -NAIOP Washington State Chapter
  • 2013 Green Washington Award - Special Recognition for Cutting Edge Buildings
    -Seattle Business Magazine