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St. Francis Hospital Medical Center

Office & Data Center

the backstory

Saint Francis Hospital’s new Tier 3 Data Center and new office space project required two phases of renovation to an existing 1930’s 57,573 SF 5-story building. SLAM CS worked closely with Quisenberry Arcari Architects, electrical designer, J.P. Engineering and Macri Associates, to provide stream-lined design-build services. Strong collaboration of the team was essential during this complicated project, in particular the coordination of owner furnished/installed equipment with the mechanical and electrical subcontractors.


Construction Management
Design Build
Pre-Construction Services
Hartford, CT
Completed 2016
57,500 SF

Renovations to an existing building into a class A office space and a new Tier 3 Data Center located on the St. Francis Hospital downtown Hartford campus was highly technical in nature. The challenges of this project included an occupied multi-phased renovation, total infrastructure upgrades and a site with a high water table, buried non-functioning cistern system, environmental remediation and a structural slab that needed careful attention during renovation.

The new Data Center required redundant systems, multiple controls and specialty products. The new connection to the hospital building included a 96 trans-fiber optic line in two separate independent feeds that had to cross a 5-lane state road that serviced emergency vehicles, ran through city utility lines and two adjoining properties.


SLAM CS phased the initial renovation work to accommodate building occupancy and complicated infrastructure upgrades necessary for the success of the phase 2 data center project. This multi-phased approach ensured a safe and comfortable work environment for building occupants, with little disruption throughout demolition and renovation.

The design-build efforts of the MEP systems produced a thorough set of plans and specifications for the project which resulted in zero change orders.


“SLAM CS executed this complex, multi-phased project which included the construction of a new state-of-the-art Tier III data center in an aging 1930’s building. The team successfully managed the additional challenge of completing this extensive renovation while the building was occupied and operational.”

Robert Falaguerra
VP Facilities, Support Services and Construction Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center

A BIM (Building Information modeling) was created to coordinate 3-D model of the electrical and mechanical piping feeding the data center. The pipe and support fit within a 11 inch vertical floor space.


This multi-phased renovation project resulted in continued occupancy during the project and saved on escalation costs for the second phase by incorporating the extensive infrastructure upgrades during the first phase.
In addition, SLAM CS coordinated multiple specialty Information Technology vendors and equipment and performed extensive commissioning and building management system training for Saint Francis Hospital staff.



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173 Tons of Cooling

in 2,400 SF Space


Over 1/2 mile

of Copper Piping


FM 200 Fire Suppression


3-750 kW paralleled generators


multiple flood, security sensors,
and monitors tied back to the hospital

Project Contact

Eugene Torone, DBIA
860 368.4233

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