CCG Facilities Integration, A Morrison Hershfield Company

Innovating Mission Critical Systems

VA3 Internet Service Exchange (DuPont Fabros VA3)

Project Overview

CCG designed the AboveNet Communications Virginia-3 Internet Service Exchange in Reston, Virginia to be its flagship east coast facility. It houses co-location operations supported by a highly fault-tolerant electrical and mechanical systems infrastructure. The main building block contains co-location equipment rooms, technical support operations, and facility infrastructure equipment, and is now operated by DuPont Fabros.

This facility is supported by a hybrid electrical plant utilizing multiple, battery-less rotary UPS systems and conventional engine generators, and breaks new ground in cost effective, reliable critical infrastructure design.

CCG designed a separate wing of the facility to house an Enterprise Operations Center and dedicated Marketing and Executive Briefing Center.

Services Provided

CCG, as the prime consultant, provided the following services:

  • Concept Design
  • Architectural/Engineering Construction Documents
  • Site Development Design
  • Interior Design
  • Structured Cable Plant Design/Installation Monitoring
  • Construction Administration and Commissioning

Project Statistics

  • Total Building Area: 295,000 SF
  • Cooling Plant: 6,000 tons
  • Electrical Service: 26 MVA
  • Emergency Power: 36 MW
  • UPS System Capacity: 16 MW
  • N+2 redundancy of primary systems


  • Notari Associates (Architecture)
  • Rathgaber-Goss (Structural Engineering)
  • Wiles Mensch (Site/Civil Engineering)


  • Centex (General)
  • Poole & Kent (Mechanical)
  • Dynalectric (Electrical)