Corscale Gainesville Crossing Data Center Campus
Master-planned campus neighbors historic Manassas battlefield
Corscale Data Centers, a subsidiary of Patrinely, a Class A building developer, made a strong entrance into the data center market with a large campus that included multiple high-density data center facilities located adjacent to the historic Manassas Battlefield in Prince William County Virginia. Focused on delivering sustainability for enterprise and sophisticated hyperscale operators, Corscale enlisted Corgan to design the master plan consisting of five buildings and a substation. The initial roll-out develops over half of the entire 123-acre campus, which includes underground utilities, equipment, fiber infrastructure placement, site roadways, and storm retention ponds in addition to the construction of Buildings 1 through 3. When complete, the entire campus is planned for 306 MW of critical infrastructure.
Building 1 was erected as a core and shell followed by successive fit outs to create data halls, office areas, and dedicated loading docks to attract future lease tenants. With a focus on sustainability, the project is pursuing LEED Certification and includes prefabricated UPS power modules, transformers, generators, and air-cooled chillers located in the adjoining service yards and atop rooftop mechanical platforms. The building is a phased data hall turnover for their prospective tenants designed as a 72 MW critical IT facility with eight 9 MW data halls.
Connected to nature and the outdoors
Surrounding the perimeter of the building’s mechanical roof platform, a screen wall system of custom perforated metal panels mimics the upper tree canopy of the surrounding forest with CNC-punched holes which vary in size and density and follow the digitally translated image of the tree scape. Committed to pursuing sustainable aspects and goals for the projects in terms of reducing embodied carbons, the building materials and manufacturing processes were carefully selected. The facility offers 8 EV stations for car charging, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and daylight and room occupancy sensors controlling lighting fixtures throughout the building.
With its parent company well-versed in high-end design, Corscale prioritizes beautiful finishes and interior design. Offices and common spaces create an inviting workplace environment and provide prospective and visiting tenants with a welcoming reception area with marble and custom wall coverings, an oversized conference room, and a breakroom lounge. Abundant glazing provides natural light and stunning outdoor views of the pond and mature trees with the forest in the background. The initial building for the sizable campus serves as the model for the company’s future data centers and not only offers state-of-the-art technology and a pleasing aesthetic but also provides a comfortable workplace with amenities and connection to the outdoors.