General Motors selected Granger Construction to build a new state-of-the-art data center based on Granger’s reputation in the industry, previous success with GM and Granger’s extensive data center experience.

Located at GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren, MI, Phases 1 and 2 consisted of a new 120,000 SF addition and renovations to a former administrative building. The facility contains IT laboratories to run computer simulations for vehicle designs and serves as a “hub” for monitoring GM’s digital applications globally.

A 5,040 SF Operations and Command Center has 48 work stations and a 955 SF video wall composed of 28 configurable screens that monitor data use across operations around the clock.

Other features include:

  • 4 Wireless Staging Rooms protected with Radio Frequency Shielded Enclosures
  • Card access system, video surveillance system, motion detectors and reinforced entry doors to control unauthorized access.
  • 30,750 SF of raised flooring system, 1600 tons of cooling and 60,000 gallons of additional chilled water storage
  • Over 24 miles of underground conduit and wire and over 5 miles of piping
  • (3) 2MW backup generators and (2) 3MW Diesel Rotary UPS’s
  • Use of hot aisle/cold aisle technology
  • Infrastructure to support 400% increase in capacity through future expansions

The project was delivered on time and within budget to the complete satisfaction of GM, leading to the same team being selected to construct a second data center in Milford, MI.

A testament to the project’s success is that GM flawlessly transferred all of its applications (serving 28,000 global users) over a period of one weekend, without any disruption of service or data loss.

Granger was rehired for Phases 3 and 4 which involves building out Quads 3 and 4 (40,000 SF) along with installing additional electrical and mechanical equipment needed to support these spaces.

Warren, MI

$85.7 million (total)
Phases 1-2 / $55.5 million
Phases 3-4 / $30.2 million

120,000 Addition + Renovations

GC/Design Assist

Phases 1-2 / March 2012
Phases 3-4 / Dec. 2014

Phases 1-2 / July 2013
Phases 3-4 / March 2016

Gensler – Chicago