We have extensive experience with all sized data center projects.
Our professional team of Construction Managers is focused on your project requirement, budget, and outcome. Our core competency is the management of customer data center projects and operations of critical equipment supporting the data center. FGC provides construction management services in all contiguous 48 states. Our team of dedicated construction managers has a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of the data center construction industry.
There are a lot of moving pieces throughout the course of any size project and properly coordinating them is vital to a successful project. Each Project Manager oversees 1-3 projects at a time themselves. Our team creates a personal relationship with the customer, so that we are attentive to timelines, budgets, quality, and ultimately the operation of the new data center.
Daily tasks can include:
- Contractor coordination
- Equipment vendor coordination
- Plan/submittal review
- On-site superintending
- Working with local authorities
- Customer updates
- Budget reviews
Data Center Construction Management Process
FGC Construction sits on the side of the “owner” or operator. FGC directs the selection of trades to complete the project on behalf of the customer. This allows customers to retain tighter controls on the processes of vendor selection, equipment technology selection, quality control, GC activity, and overall oversight of the project. FGC Construction reports weekly to the owner.
We have an alternative to a GC run project. Many times if you choose a General Contractor, you will get an up-front estimate, not to exceed, or gross maximum price to build your center. You then have limited control over outcomes between start and finish. The GC will run the timelines, make decisions on equipment that you may or may not agree with. Contractually the project will be completed, but it most likely isn’t a constant interactive process as our system is.
Reasons to maintain control during your Data Center Construction
- Equipment decisions that can effect PUE or efficiency later, higher operational costs
- Rack, density decisions, that not all GC groups will understand. Ultimate use of the facility
- Access controls, operations, egress, entry decisions
- Aesthetics, lighting, feature upgrades
- Layered reseller channels during procurement, cost controls
Cost-Plus Data Center Contract
For larger projects FGC Construction provides a Cost-Plus Contract format. This allows the customer to check off during the project weekly on the budget, decisions being made, approve changes, and develop the end product as the project progresses. This is beneficial as the customer learns more about the project over time, they will want different technologies, layouts, and systems. All customers learn during the process, so they most certainly have different perspective during and later in the project as they did in the beginning. This process allows them to enact changes during the process.
Cost-Plus Data Center Construction Format Benefits
- Budget control
- Approval/Change Order Control
- Technology Selections (Improve Facility during project)
- Direct Procurement (Use distribution channels to procure equipment)
- Team involvement, detail data floor plan to use
- Develop operations and controls systems choices for use
Direct Procurement Channel under Cost Plus Format
FGC Construction is a channel distributor for many large lines of Electrical and Mechanical components. Therefore our cost plus customers have access to cost level below the reseller market rates. A publicly bid, or GC handled project will most likely flow through traditional procurement resellers or subcontractors. This will produce layers of margin or cost increases on the project which could be avoided.
Get on the right side of the channels for best prices of industry critical equipment components.
Please contact one of our FGC Construction Team of professionals today to help with your upcoming project.