Due Diligence, Construc­tion Planning and Design for Data Center Developers

Different Clients Global
CDM Smith has a well-established global high tech full-service team providing consistency in delivery and an under­stand­ing of the business and processes of data center developers. Delivering due diligence, design, water supply and treatment, geot­ech­ni­cal and land development projects for data centers, we leverage oppor­tu­ni­ties for meeting client expec­ta­tions and find sound engineering solutions that promote efficiency, resilience, and expected life-cycles.

Hyperscale Data Campuses, Germany

Our compre­hen­sive services include technical and envi­ron­men­tal due diligence assessments, soil and groundwater inves­ti­ga­tion and remediation, demolition as general contractor, geot­ech­ni­cal inves­ti­ga­tions and foundation design, hazardous building material surveys, envi­ron­men­tal impact assessments (EIAs), renewable energy studies, preparation of permit appli­ca­tions according to Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) and water law, planning and design of cooling water supply and treatment, site preparation, land development and infrastructure planning services and construc­tion supervision of earthworks.

Having worked closely with data center developers over several years, we provide cost-effective, functionally efficient facility studies, assessments and designs that meet aggressive schedules in this competitive industry.
Veit Köllermann, Project Manager

Data Centers, United States

CDM Smith designed a data center within an existing office space near Maryland. The area was a vacant high-bay area and was upgraded to house new computer server equipment. The modifications to the high-bay included the addition of a new second level to provide two levels to house the data center computer equipment and HVAC equipment. To provide equipment access and emergency egress from the new 2nd level, a new elevator tower and a separate stair tower was added to the existing structure.

CDM Smith also evaluated water treatment options to reduce water use and cooling water discharges of a data center in Oregon. CDM Smith then designed and build of a modular reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment system.

Hyperscale Data Campus, Spain

CDM Smith worked with the client’s overall design coordinators to complete the design of a water treatment system at three proposed data center sites. We then evaluated treatment options considering Capex, Opex and operational issues including regional effluent permitting and constraints. The preferred option was progressed to a full design in BIM and integrated with other components of the facility design. We also supported client discussions with regional and local regulatory bodies.

Environmental Due Diligence, Worldwide


CDM Smith also conducted further envi­ron­men­tal due diligence for proposed high tech/data center/cloud industry facilities across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.


You can rely on CDM Smith as a competent partner through all due diligence and construc­tion management phases.
Veit Köllermann Project Manager
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